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Ukraine Flareup
How to Profit from a Standoff with the United States

By stoking war in Ukraine, the Russian President is trying to get the United States into negotiating on his terms. Meanwhile, his closest cronies are set to make a lot of money from the surge in violence .

Recessional
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama holds the last news conference of his presidency in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was Obama’s final question-and-answer session with reporters before New York real estate mogul and reality television personality Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Racist Russians Insult Obama Hoping for Trump’s Approval

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

Putin's Retirement Plan?
Rosneft’s So-Called Privatization Gets Murkier

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

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?

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democrats in disarray

Democratic elites are losing the ability to set their party’s agenda.

Up in Smoke

And that’s just as “flawed” of a modern energy source as it sounds.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s suspension of coal imports from North Korea serves as both a warning to Pyongyang and a signal to Washington.

Transit's Future

Ridership is down, and there are reasons to believe it may never recover.

blue boondoggle

California’s utopian high-speed rail project just got another wrench thrown in its gears—this time by the Trump administration.

Fracking Futures

…And it wasn’t long ago that the U.S. was worried about LNG imports.

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