Putin’s Crony Gets His (Un)fair Share
The purchase of Bashneft by Rosneft represents one more example of how the “market economy” works in Russia—especially when money is being transferred from one state-owned pocket into another.
Is It a Threat or Desperation?
Look no further than Putin’s list of demands to restart the plutonium deal for proof of how important sanctions relief is to the embattled Russian President.
The Kremlin’s Tactical Ambiguity
A more careful look at how Russia is spinning the Dutch report on the Malaysian Airlines tragedy suggests that Putin may be looking for ways to wash his hands of the whole war in Eastern Ukraine.
The Siloviki Coup in Russia
Russia’s security services have been slowly taking over the state—and dismantling Putin’s own system of keeping the various factions competing with each other.
Russian Pensioners Have Never Lived So Large Before
Russian authorities have authorized a one-time payment to pensioners next year to help in difficult times. The disbursement, however, will at least in part be funded by expropriating today’s workers’ savings.
The Rise and Fall of Sergey Ivanov
What could have triggered a trusted ally’s fall from grace? Putin’s paranoid fear of revolutions, heightened after the Turkish coup, is probably a large part of the answer.