May 4, 2014

Why the Russian Sanctions Don't Work

Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

The Associated Press

If economic sanctions start seriously threatening Russian wealth abroad, they will play into Putin’s hands in the short-term by forcing the oligarchs to repatriate their foreign assets. The long-term effects of isolating Russia economically could be even more perverse.

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TAGGED: Sanctions, Vladimir Putin, Russia


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