The Center for Strategic and International Studies, the preeminent think tank on the subject, has released The Kremlin Playbook; Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
In contrast to classic Soviet subversion, the methods used to extend Russian influence in the contested states could be judged to have a remarkable degree of overlap with domestic Russian methods of control.
As companion reading to the CSIS report, you are invited to download Putin’s Character and the Intersection of Russia, available from academia.edu. With comparison to the findings of the CSIS report, you are invited to reach your own conclusion on this question:
To what degree is current Russian subversion in eastern Europe an extension of domestic methods of control?