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Putin's Weak Ruble Gamble

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Capital Controls Feared in Russia

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

Soviet Naval Strategy Returns

Alexander Golts, Moscow Times

The Russian currency dropped to a record low for a third day, continuing its most severe decline since 1998, when the country defaulted on its internal debt. The freefall will soon...(full article)

'Funding problems are increasing dramatically. We think Russia is now flirting with systemic problems,' said Danske Bank....(full article)

Thus, Russian admirals and defense industry firms stand to benefit the most from France's refusal to deliver the Mistral warships and from Russia's return to a Soviet-style closed ...(full article)

Moldova's pro-European parties appeared to be headed for victory after a parliamentary election on November 30 showed a country torn between moving closer to the EU and improving t...(full article)

One of the strangest wars of modern times—a seven-year-long pipeline dispute that pitted the United States against Russia for influence in Europe—has ended....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Don't Go Soft on Putin - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Russia under President Vladimir Putin doesn't rely much on soft power to get its way abroad, in the same way it doesn't do much liberal democracy at home. It does, however, do ...

Russia's Military Modernization in Trouble - Nikolas Gvosdev, TNI

Most of the attention on Russia's ambitious plans to overhaul its armed forces has focused on questions of procurement—what new systems and capabilities the military has on its...

Failing to Get Ukraine - Kyiv Post

On Nov. 26, NATO Gen. Philip Breedlove said that he still sees a diplomatic solution possible with Putin, but he gave no basis for his opinion. There is none, in our view. Putin ne...

Russia's Media Autarky - C. Walker & R. Orttung, RealClearWorld

Vladimir Putin is trying to fundamentally reshape Russia's media system as he forges an illiberal, isolationist "Russian World" doctrine. In so doing, Russia's president is taking ...

Could Natural Gas Strengthen Ties in Asia? - Stewart Taggart, NI

Building a regional natural gas network is the biggest step Asia can take over the next 5-10 years to reduce destructive climate change. In the journey from coal to clean energy, n...

Putin's Interview to Anadolu Agency - The Kremlin

The upcoming state visit to Turkey and participation in the fifth session of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council are an important stage in advancing relations betwee...

Does Russia Bankroll the European Far Right? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Supporting Russia may have been good business for Le Pen’s party. The National Front is now facing criticism for a 9 million euro ($11.3 million) loan it received from the First ...

British Tanks Practice for War with Russia - Joe Trevithick, War Is Boring

U.K. armor pairs up with Polish troops for eastern war game....

The Political Threat Facing Moldova - Victor Chirila, ECFR

These elections are happening at a time of major regional and domestic tensions. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea have exploded regional peace and...

Ukrainian Militias Hint at anti-Kiev Coup - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

KIEV, Ukraine—The burly man with the close-cropped silver hair and his two companions ask not to be identified too closely when they talk to me in some dowdy offices near an ...

The Nation-State Strikes Back - Mark Mazower, Financial Times

Putin’s muscle-flexing shows the role of states in matters of war and peace....

Russia and China: True Love, or Just a Hook-Up? - Ryan Faith, Vice

The recent announcement of further joint Russia-China military exercises scheduled for 2015 has fueled fresh speculation about the possibility of a growing alliance between the two...

The Political Battles that Could Seal Kiev's Fate - Paul R. Gregory, Forbes

Ukraine’s fate may depend upon the battle within Germany’s ruling coalition over its policy towards Putin’s Russia. In the United States, the new Republican Senat...

Russian War Movies, Then and Now - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Two films, one made during the twilight years of the Soviet Union and the second during the Putin era, tell essentially the same story, but with striking differences in tone and st...

Would Putin Have Handled Ferguson Better? - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Russian state propaganda machine is full of schadenfreude about the Ferguson events. After all, it's a very post-Soviet kind of story: Cop kills underprivileged local, gets off...

The Creep of Conspiracy Theories in UK Politics - Mark Wallace, Guardian

Secret oil fields in the North Sea, ‘powerful forces’ conspiring against Ed Miliband, the EU to blame for Russia pouring arms into Ukraine. Enough already....

From the Monroe Doctrine to the Sinatra Doctrine - Gideon Rachman, FT

Beijing and Moscow are pushing for a reordering of world affairs based on "spheres of influence."...

How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine - Spiegel

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an histo...

NATO's Russia Strategy Is Taking Shape - David Francis, Foreign Policy

American soldiers from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division will rotate to locations throughout Poland and the Baltics until at least the end of 2015 to reassure U.S. allies on edge bec...

Can Russia Take on the World? - Ana Maria Luca, NOW Lebanon

Russia’s foreign policy of “no” cannot be sustained by its crumbling economy....

Remembering Mother Russia in Rhode Island - Mike McDowall, Ozy

Dr. Sergei Nikitich Khrushchev’s voice takes me back to a childhood spent watching Cold War-era spy films. It is raspy, Slavic, heavily accented and somehow — here I betray my ...

DPRK Looks to Russia for Investment - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean hopes for Soviet-era investment a mirage, Pyongyang watcher says....

Russia's New Balkan Playground - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Over the past few years, the EU's policy toward the states of the Western Balkans - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia - has been one of benign negle...

Russia Might Cut Oil Production, but How? - Andy Tully, Oil Price

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak says Moscow is considering a possible cutback in oil production to help end the drop in prices, but there appears to be little it can do wit...

Can Putin Exploit ISIS? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Sputnik News, the slick new-media rebranding of the venerable Russian news wire RIA-Novosti, reports that Russia has called on the U.N. Security Council to ban purchases of oil fro...

The Slow Death of Russian Independent Media - Moscow Times

Ominous storm clouds were gathering over the Ekho Moskvy radio station last week. That is serious because Russia only has one opposition-minded television channel, Dozhd, one such ...

Putin Living in the 1980s - Matthew Chance, CNN

The first frosts of winter have already dusted the spectacular city of St. Petersburg with a powder of glistening ice. The air outside feels sharp and crisp. Russians hurry along t...

Countering Russia and China - Ely Ratner & Thomas Wright, WaPo

The preservation of vital American interests in Asia and Europe is no longer guaranteed if the United States buries its head in the sands of the Middle East....

Putin Simply Can't Afford a New Cold War - Michael Schuman, Fortune

Moscow needs western finance, technology and investment, and cozying up to China is no substitute....

Finally, a Positive Crisis for U.S. Leadership - Edward Goldberg, RCWorld

Globally, the United States is now in a unique competitive position. It spends significantly less money abroad to import oil, giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the o...

Russia Cracks Down on Tax Havens - Svetlana Sukhova, Worldcrunch

It's hard to criticize Russian entrepreneurs for wanting to save money. Let's start with the fact that low taxes in Russia are a total myth. The taxes on profits stand at 20% (comp...

Putin Willing to Throw the Dice on Ukraine - M. van Creveld, Worldcrunch

As German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once wrote, the aggressor is always peace-loving. He wants to take over our land, our people, our resources without firing a single ...

This Is Your Brain on Russian Media - Vitaliy Katsenelson, Business Insider

I was perplexed by how the Russian people could possibly support and not be outraged by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But I live in Denver, and I read mostly US and European newspa...

Wake Up, Scandinavia. Putin's at the Door - A. Michta, American Interest

Russia naval and airspace incursions in the Baltic Sea area are aimed at deterring Sweden and Finland from increasing their cooperation with NATO....

Cheap Oil Is a Geopolitical Gift to the U.S. - Rich Miller, Bloomberg

A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while en...

The Neo-Soviet Statelets in the Donbas - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Gone are the wild-eyed revolutionaries in Donetsk and Luhansk, replaced by steely-eyed bureaucrats and seasoned combat veterans....

Ukraine's Slow Collapse - New York Times

The Ukrainian economy is in terrible shape — the currency has lost almost half its value against the dollar in 2014, the industrial centers of Donetsk and Luhansk are in sepa...

Russian Economy Wounded and Facing Crisis - The Economist

VLADIMIR PUTIN is not short of problems, many of his own creation. There is the carnage in eastern Ukraine, where he is continuing to stir things up. There are his fraught relation...

East-Versus-West Meets North - Jochen Bittner, New York Times

According to the worldview of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, the town of Kirkenes, Norway, is an illusion. To Mr. Putin, there is only east and west, two separ...

Russia's Koenigsberg Problem - Remi Piet, Al Jazeera

Last week's events have not been followed more closely than in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave within Europe, a narrow piece of land between Poland and Lithuania, where this contrad...

Putin Is Merkel's Biggest Security Challenge - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie

While other leaders of the G20 group of leading economies were finessing the final communiqué of their summit, Merkel went on to spend four hours in the hotel with Russian P...

Russia's Desolate Future - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Drivers in Russia often encounter curious road markings. For example, a sign might announce an imminent turnoff for the airport, but in the end, that turn never appears and the dri...

Under Putin, Russia Has Lost Strategic Footing - Holmes & Krastev, PS

Within their current borders, Donetsk and Luhansk are of negligible geostrategic importance to Russia. Moreover, an independent Donbas would impose substantial costs on Russia, whi...

The Nuclear Threat's Grim Return - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to unstable countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. Second, the growing body of evidence about how ...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

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