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Inertia might put Russian energy on a diet
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Inertia might put Russian energy on a diet

On January 7, Russia’s former Deputy Energy Minister and well-known economist Vladimir Milov gave a speech at Columbia University about Russia’s woes in a time of low oil prices and Western sanctions. Paolo Sorbello gives this account of Milov’s argument. Milov’s intervention was bold and direct, a rollercoaster of facts and numbers. Reciting all manner … Continue reading

New year, new sanctions
Analysis

New year, new sanctions

The holiday period brought no rapprochement with the West for Russia, where sanctions and speculation are seen as having a large impact on the economic outlook. Indeed, the US has unilaterally imposed additional sanctions, and yet these alone will not determine either the future of Vladimir Putin’s leadership or Russia’s foreign policy. Our editor wrote … Continue reading

What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?
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What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is staking his future on a narrative of ‘Us’ – the Russian people – versus ‘Them’ – NATO and the West. Ryan Steele explains how Putin used his annual press conference to exploit support for an assertive response to Western sanctions. Besides the oft-quoted rhetorical quips, such as comparing Russia to … Continue reading