Octant Research & Analysis is an independent consultancy offering high-quality assessments of geopolitical, political, economic and integrity risk in the countries of the non-Baltic former Soviet Union. Our purpose is simple: to help clients add value to their operations.

Octant’s founder, Duncan Allan, has more than four decades of expertise on the region, including nearly 30  years as a member of the UK Foreign Office’s Research Analysts cadre. He is an associate fellow on the Russia/Eurasia Programme of the Royal Institute for International Affairs.




  • Based on timely, accurate and comprehensive reviews of publicly available information
  • Enriched by access to less readily available sources
  • Underpinned by an international network of contacts


  • Informed by several decades of regional expertise
  • Drawing on years of practical experience of the countries of the former Soviet Union
  • Demonstrated by a long and proven record of sound judgement advising UK governments


  • Understanding clients’ interests, requirements and priorities
  • Delivering what clients need, when they need it
  • Enabling clients to add value to their operations.