Tag: Russian economic crisis

A Real Bellwether of Russian Attitudes and Kremlin Fears: Zhirinovsky’s Party Moves to the Left

May 16, 2016

Staunton, VA, May 16, 2016 – For obvious reasons, polls of Russian attitudes are anything but a good indicator of where Russians are heading; but there is a more reliable bellwether: the way that the Kremlin uses its pocket opposition figures such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) as elections […]

Proposed Pension Reforms Would Undermine Putin Regime, Kholmogorov Says

May 10, 2016

To save money, the Russian finance ministry has proposed to raise the retirement age to 65, end pension payments to those who are still working, and otherwise reduce the amount Moscow has to pay out. Many are horrified.

400 Russian Police Clash With Roma Residents in Tula Over Gas Siphoning

March 17, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Police cracked down on residents of a Roma community in Tula who were accused of illegal gas-siphoning. The villagers said they would pay for gas but it had been cut off by authorities. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s […]

Ruble Falls After News of Russia’s Agreement with OPEC

February 16, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Within minutes of the news that Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak had met with OPEC members in Doha and agreed to freeze oil extraction at the level of January 11, the ruble, which had been rallying, fell in value, Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments […]

Ruble Falls to New Low at 81 to US Dollar; Putin Finds ‘Opportunity’ for Russian Business

January 20, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: The ruble fell in value on the Moscow stock market to 81 to the US dollar today, a new historical low not seen since the ruble crash in 1998. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. […]

Ruble Falls to 77 to $1, As Brent Crude Falls Below $31

January 12, 2016

Live Updates: The ruble fell to 77 to one US dollar today, the lowest in a year, tied to the fall in the price of Brent crude below $31 for the first time since 2004. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s […]

Fall of Brent Crude Oil Price to $33 Per Barrel Causes Havoc for Russian Budget

January 8, 2016

The fall of the price of Brent crude to $33 per barrel has prompted concern about the impact on the 2016 Russian state budget, which was calculated with an estimate of oil at $50 per barrel. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian […]

Russia Update: Ruble Plunges to Lowest Level of Value in a Year

December 30, 2015

The ruble reached a record year-long low in value at 74 to the dollar and is currently trading at 73. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The Non-Hybrid War –Kashin […]