Tag: Russian economy

Russian Recon Ship Crashes; Navalny Attacked; Open Russia Declared ‘Undesirable’, Searched by Police

April 27, 2017

The Russian reconaissance ship Liman crashed into a Turkish freighter and sank; 78 sailors on board were rescued. Anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny was attacked and Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia was declared ‘undesirable’ and searched by the FSB’s Extremism Center.

A Baker’s Dozen of Neglected Russian Stories – No. 64

December 30, 2016

Russian propagandists say that the Kremlin leader was not involved in the Russian doping program, something improbable on its face, given Putin’s micromanagement of many affairs.

AM News: ‘Rent-a-Crowd’ Sees Off Russian Olympic Team; MinFin to Slash Support for Small Business

July 29, 2016

The Russian Ministry of Finance is proposing to slash support of small and medium business nearly in half.

Russia Aiming For Zero Percent Growth – Live Updates

January 18, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: With Iran’s appearance on the oil market the price of energy is plummeting to record lows, and the ruble is following suit. 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 Interpreter’s Year-End “Ask Us Anything” Podcast

December 31, 2015

Can Russia afford its military adventures in Ukraine and Syria? Can the Russian economy continue to grind along if oil is less than $50 a barrel? Has Putin’s authoritarianism reached its lowest point, or can things get worse for Russia? Is there a scenario where civilians stop being targets for Russian and Syria airstrikes? Our […]

A Third of Russians Outside Major Cities ‘Invisible’ to State Statisticians, Sociologists Say

October 12, 2015

Staunton, October 19 – The imposition of new rules prohibiting the sharing of statistical information among various levels of Russian government and the continuing impact of Soviet assumptions that individuals only work where they live mean that 33 to 37 percent of the population of Russian regions is “invisible” as far as state statistics are […]

Russia’s Market Mythology

September 25, 2015

Samuel Johnson famously advised James Boswell and his circle to “clear your mind of cant.” This is equally sound advice for students and commentators about Russia but it is not always followed. As a result much of contemporary writing about Russia falls prey to various mythologies. One of the pervasive and most stubborn of these […]

Russia Update: ‘Putin’s Banker’ Files $10 Billion Suit Against Russia

September 22, 2015

Sergei Pugachev, founder of the failed Mezhprombank who has fled to France, has filed a suit for $10 billion against Russia in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, even as the Russian government has demanded his extradition on charges of embezzlement of over a billion dollars in Russian loans. Welcome to our column, […]

Russia Update: Russia’s Economy Weakens, But Can It Recover?

August 10, 2015

Russia’s GDP shrank by 4.6% in quarter two, and oil hit a six-month low on Monday morning. Are there signs that the Russian economy can rally? 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. […]