The Non-Hybrid War

October 9, 2015

Sociologist Denis Sokolov, an anthropologist and senior researcher for the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, has traveled to the Russian Caucasus and the Donbass to interview warlords to find out what factors sustain them. He finds not so much confirmation of the poverty theory of the “root causes of terrorism” but […]

Putin is Opposed to Opening a Gambling Zone in Sochi

February 10, 2014

Due to the high price of the construction at Sochi, some investors are worried that they will not be able to recoup their costs. In order to avoid default, some have advocated for the construction of casinos and the creation of a “gambling zone.” However, President Putin is against the idea. — Ed. Russian President […]

Yanukovych’s Bankruptcy: Why Ukraine is Waiting for a Change of Power

December 19, 2013

This article in Forbes Russia predates yesterday’s surprising news that Ukrainian President Yanukovych has signed a $15 billion deal with Russia that has Russia buying Ukrainian government bonds and has Russia slashing the cost of natural gas from $400 per 1,000 to $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters. As the BBC notes, this will not be […]

Alexander Lukashenko Has Called Off the Revolution

December 5, 2013

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, an independent Russian daily newspaper, shines a spotlight on another one of Russia’s neighbors, Belarus. – Ed. Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko has acknowledged the woeful state of the national economy, but stopped short of admitting his own complicity in it. Experts regard the failure of the current president’s socio-economic policy as the cause of […]

Budget Problems Will Be Passed On To Wealthy Russians

November 25, 2013

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper, publishes this analysis by the FBK Institute of Strategic Analysis, a pro-business financial analysis company. They argue that Russia’s deepening economic crisis has forced the government to debate moving to a progressive tax, which could hurt Russian business interests. It’s an interesting read, though there may be problems with the […]

Khabarovsk Region, Affected by Flood, Hit by Cold Weather

October 25, 2013

In recent months, the Russian Far East has been devastated by historic floods in recent months, and authorities have only allocated 6 billion rubles (about $188 million) to help relieve more than 25,000 households that have been affected and nearly 600,000 hectares (about 2300 square miles) of destroyed farmland. Now, the weather is dropping below […]

Russia’s Collapse is Inevitable

October 23, 2013

A prominent Russian businessman and former State Duma deputy Konstantin Borovoy writes this editorial for Echo Moskvy, a liberal online newspaper. At face value, it is an apocalyptic scare piece, but there is also insight about the geographical integrity of Russia. With the Russian economy sagging, there are now significant structural problems in many of […]

Russia is in a Recession, but Russians are Satisfied with Everything

October 14, 2013

Interfax has published an article suggesting that despite the fact that the Russian economy could be sliding into recession, the Russian people are generally more upbeat about the situation. The cite a study done by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM). However, looking at VCIOM’s latest data from September (see graph below) it is […]

WTO Has Been Given One Last Chance

October 11, 2013

The pro-Kremlin “Kommersant” publishes this assessment of the latest stalemate in the World Trade Organization, which suggests that the WTO is in a stalemate and is at risk of falling apart because of the policies of the European Union and the United States. This is in direct contrast with the assessment of Business News Europe which blames […]