Russia: a shifting monetary policy and an elusive inflation target
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Russia: a shifting monetary policy and an elusive inflation target

This year could be remembered as yet another when the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) failed to prove to the business community that it is ready to support the country’s growth agenda and bring inflation under control. As Russia’s economic destiny filters down to a question of confidence and geopolitical risk, could inflation targeting be … 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

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In Moldova, an election that solves nothing

The results of a general election on 30 November show Moldovans are split on whether to pursue closer ties with the European Union or maintain existing relations with the Russian Federation, complicating the crafting of a sustainable national identity across ideological lines. Amelie Meyer-Robinson assesses what the upcoming coalition negotiations hold in store for Moldova. … Continue reading

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Klitschko’s weigh-in

Originally posted on Vostok Cable:
Vitali Klitschko has had an easy ride as an opposition leader in Ukraine. Should he choose to run for the presidency, however, he will come across severe obstacles, as Josh Black explains. Dr Ironfist. Photo courtesy of Klitschko Management Group GmbH. Vitali Klitschko caused a ripple of excitement in the…