March 23, 2014

How the Russia Sanctions Could Backfire

Oliver Bullough, Politico

The Associated Press

In announcing the sanctions, President Barack Obama spoke of the “costs” they would impose on Putin’s inner circle, and a senior administration official later called them “very powerful” and strongly denied they are “a mere wrist slap.” The costs to Russia are undoubtedly severe but, as Russian businessmen scramble to get their money out of America’s reach, Putin may be secretly pleased.

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TAGGED: Sanctions, Crimea, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Russia


March 21, 2014
Russia's Liberals Will Feel Sting of Sanctions
Julia Ioffe, New Republic
Today, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on sixteen high-ranking Russian officials as well as four of Putin's best friends who, magically, have become multi-billionaires in the last decade. This, with a few notable... more ››
March 14, 2014
Putin Will Buckle Under Sanctions
Milton Ezrati, The Daily Beast
Whatever Vladimir Putin’s talent at bullying, he cannot hide his country’s fundamental weakness.  The economy behind this show of force is in no position to withstand even the least strain.  It is distorted, fragile, and... more ››
March 14, 2014
Why U.S. Isn't Rushing to Sanction Russia
Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy
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March 20, 2014
New Russian Sanctions Will Hurt
Adam Taylor, Washington Post
To understand why the pro-sanctions crowd in the United States is so happy with Thursday's new list, it helps to read an op-ed by Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny published earlier Thursday in the New York... more ››
March 20, 2014
Why Sanctions Don't Really Work
Andrew Cockburn, Los Angeles Times
Sanctions did not bring Iran to the table. Not only Iranian officials but other undeniably objective observers concur that the reason negotiations have commenced is emphatically not because Iran could endure the pain no longer. more ››