Experts & Staff

Leo Litra

Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Eastern Europe, Ukraine, EU integration, conflicts in Eastern Europe


English, Romanian, Ukrainian, French, and Russian


Leo Litra is a visiting fellow with the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a senior fellow at New Europe Center in Kyiv, Ukraine and a Marshall memorial fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Previously, Litra served as a research fellow at the Institute of World Policy in Ukraine. He is the author of numerous publications on the democratisation of the post‐Soviet space, European integration, and frozen conflicts. He also regularly contributes to Freedom House’s “Nations in Transit” report and the Bertelsmann Transformation Index. His main research interest is the accession process to the European Union.

Litra was a Carnegie research fellow at Yale University in 2009 and holds an MA in international relations and European studies from the European Institute of High International Studies in Nice, France.

The final frontier: Ending Moldova’s dependency on Russian gas

Over the past year, Moldova has rid itself of Russian gas supplies. But it still receives electricity from the Russian-sponsored breakaway region of Transnistria. Ending this final dependency would bolster Moldova’s security – and Europe’s