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Karina Orlova
A Conversation with Mikhail Khodorkovsky
“Looking to the Future When Dealing with Putin Only Leads to Self-Deception”

TAI recently sat down with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the outspoken former head of Yukos who was jailed for ten years by Vladimir Putin. We asked the Kremlin’s leading critic in exile about his views on the current Russian regime, Donald Trump, the rise of global populism, the thorny question of Crimea, and his political ambitions.

Deal of the Year
The Rosneft Sale and Putin’s Retirement Plan

The sale of 19.5 percent of the Russian oil company to an oil trader and a Qatari sovereign wealth fund provides plenty of avenues for Russia’s President to personally handsomely profit.

Putin's FoPo Pivot
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The King’s Speech

With the incoming Trump Administration talking about cooperating with Russia, it was no surprise that Putin would take a more conciliatory tone towards the West.

Siloviki Struggle
The Most Senior Official Ever Arrested in Russia

Is the fall of Alexey Ulyukaev, the Minister for Economic Development, the beginning of the end for Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s heir apparent?

Power Struggle
A Murder Inside the National Guard

What a murky shooting tells us about the nature of Putin’s brand new security service.

Budget Battles
Putin Can’t Stop Feeding the Caucasus

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov puts his foot down—and the Russian President obeys.

A Conversation with Aleksander Nevzorov:
“Putin Is Completely Russia’s Puppet”

After the election, is reengagement with Russia possible while Putin is in power?

Of Czars and Boyars
Putin’s Valdai Pivot?

The Russian President is playing his games again.

Theft in Broad Daylight
The Russian Orthodox Church, the Mafia, and the Fugitive Banker

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Crying Uncle
Putin’s Boasting Hides His Fear of Sanctions

Outraged by Aleppo, the Obama Administration says it might impose more sanctions on Russia. It should, because sanctions are working.

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The real stumbling block to Democratic legislative power.

brave new world

An Australian account of China’s gains doubles as a bleak assessment of Obama’s legacy in the region.

Crude Economics

London is using both carrot and stick to keep offshore oil output up.

Greeks Bearing Debts

Greece’s recurrent crisis is the result of bad Greek and German decisions alike. Only one is in year eight of a depression as a result.

Frack Baby Frack

Abundant shale gas brought natural gas prices to historic lows—and made the US a net exporter of the hydrocarbon.

WRM Elsewhere

Walter Russell Mead tackles the question.

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