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  1. January 7, 2014

    Putin’s attempt to recreate the Soviet empire is futile

    According to Vladimir Putin, the “Eurasian Union” that the Kremlin hopes to forge with two of Russia’s southwestern...

  2. November 6, 2013

    London Russian Film Festival – report

    Two young men in black tuxedos race through the snow, high on adrenaline, not giving a damn about the cold, or about their...

  1. May 13, 2013

    Kremlin loses its need for a ‘grey cardinal’

    The second most powerful position in the Kremlin, and sometimes even the first, has no formal title. There is no protocol...

  2. March 23, 2013

    Exiled oligarch Berezovsky found dead

    Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian tycoon once known as the “Godfather of the Kremlin”, has been found dead at his home in...

  3. The World

    March 21, 2013

    Dinner with Medvedev: a conversation on Cyprus, Depardieu and democracy

    For a man who suffered the indignity of having to stand down after one term as president of Russia to make way for the...

  4. January 11, 2013

    Try Iraq for a true frontier market

    The greatest opportunities for emerging market investors have always come when political chaos coincides with a dire media...

  5. December 10, 2012

    Putin, power and weakness

    Kirill Rogov is a smart, fast-talking Moscow intellectual of the post-Soviet kind. Not for him smoky conversations in...

  6. August 28, 2012

    Abramovich case awaits ruling

    The High Court is expected to rule on Friday on one of the most high profile cases it has heard in recent years. The court...

  7. July 8, 2012

    Warring oligarchs take case to High Court

    The meteoric rise of aluminium billionaire Oleg Deripaska from humble beginnings to one of Russia’s richest men is set to...

  8. The World

    May 31, 2012

    How does your frontal lobe feel about Putin?

    An opposition activist during a protest on May 31. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky Vladimir Putin’s popularity ratings are likely...

  9. March 9, 2012

    Democracy needs more than crowds

    Russia’s pro-democracy campaign has lost some momentum in the days since Sunday’s flawed election, which predictably...

  10. February 1, 2012

    Putin ready for test if poll goes to run-off

    Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has admitted it might take him two rounds to win Russia’s presidential elections in...

  11. January 17, 2012

    Two oligarchs, four months, a host of barristers and £100m in legal fees

    Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, was described as a “thoroughly dishonest and...

  12. December 24, 2011

    Protesters pile pressure on Putin

    Tens of thousands rallied in downtown Moscow on Saturday, calling for a rerun of disputed parliamentary elections and the...

  13. December 23, 2011

    Russia’s rich get jitters amid fresh protest

    Russia’s wealthiest are bracing themselves for increased political uncertainty as Moscow prepares for a second wave of mass...

  14. December 22, 2011

    Reality of life after communism

    A coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the secretary-general of the Communist party who attempted the gradual perestroika...

  15. December 19, 2011

    Berezovsky vain and self obsessed, court told

    Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch who is suing Roman Abramovich was a “persistently and deliberately untruthful...

  16. December 16, 2011

    Self-assessment, Putin-style

    Vladimir Putin, the man named by Forbes magazine as the second most influential person in the world, has attracted quite a...

  17. beyondbrics

    December 16, 2011

    Russia finally joins WTO

    Russia was formally, and finally, admitted into the World Trade Organisation on Friday, 18 years after negotiations began....

  18. December 13, 2011

    Russia added to oil traders’ risk lists

    After a year in which many unusual events hit oil prices – including the collapse of the 42-year long regime of Muammar...

  19. December 10, 2011

    Tens of thousands protest against Putin

    Tens of thousands of Muscovites took to the streets to demand a rerun of elections and release of 1200 jailed activists in...

  20. December 5, 2011

    An ‘iron hand’ is no substitute for democracy

    Two decades ago, our opinion survey of the Soviet Union during perestroika showed a huge divide between hardline communists...

  21. November 10, 2011

    Court hears of oligarchs’ business tactics

    Two Russians who grew extremely rich by exploiting political ties to buy assets from the state at knock-down prices are...

  22. October 7, 2011

    Russians in London: Super-rich in court

    It is a tale of wealth and alleged betrayal, of protection money and political intrigues, of attempted assassinations and...

  23. October 5, 2011

    Putin’s grand vision and echoes of ‘1984’

    The prospect of uniting with Kazakhstan and Belarus is unlikely to fill most Russians with a sense of grand imperial...

  24. October 2, 2011

    Berezovsky and Abramovich face off in High Court

    One of the biggest battles to be fought in the High Court is set to begin this week pitting billionaire Roman Abramovich...

  25. September 25, 2011

    Putin move risks public backlash

    Rather than heralding a westward, liberalising trend in Russia’s post-communist history, Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency looks...

  26. September 25, 2011

    Back room deal signals return to the Putin era

    Rather than heralding a westward, liberalising trend in Russia’s post communist history, Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency looks...

  27. September 15, 2011

    Spotlight on ‘grey man’ of Russian politics

    The enigmatic chief of domestic political operations for the Kremlin, Vladislav Surkov is the quintessential government grey...

  28. August 25, 2011

    Russia’s past is no sign of its future

    Russians sometimes say it is impossible to predict anything in their country – even the past. The heroes of one era are...

  29. August 19, 2011

    Last days of the USSR

    The coup began on a hot Sunday afternoon. Shortly before five o’clock on August 18 1991, five black Volga cars arrived at...

  30. August 19, 2011

    Audio slideshow: Russia’s failed 1991 coup

    The attempt to oust Mikhail Gorbachev may have failed, but it hastened the demise of communism and was the making of Boris...

  31. August 17, 2011

    Gorbachev calls for change of Russian leadership

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has called for a change of Russia’s leadership and criticised the ruling...

  32. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2011

    The weekender

    This week’s best from beyondbrics: - Red campaign in the red? Putting a price on China’s Maoist revival - Russia: Medvedev...

  33. beyondbrics

    July 14, 2011

    Russia: Medvedev privatisation plan evokes shades of Boris Yeltsin

    Is president Dmitry Medvedev using privatization to get a second term as president? If so, he would not be the first Russian...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 27, 2011

    Russian equities: Profiting from seasonality

    By Ben Aris, Business New Europe The Easter holidays are over and Russia’s market has sold off heavily – like it does every...

  35. May 21, 2011

    A Russian tycoon of a different cut

    Many Russian billionaires are known for their weakness for lavish Belgravia homes, flashy yachts or English football teams....

  36. April 1, 2011

    United Kingdom: Helen Sharman

    Photographed at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, London ‘People like to see their nation doing well.’ Flight:...

  37. March 4, 2011

    The bulldog award

    Trying to fathom Kremlin politics, said Winston Churchill, is like watching a fight among bulldogs under a carpet – you hear...

  38. January 14, 2011

    The Dead Hand

    The Dead Hand: Reagan, Gorbachev and the Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race, by David E Hoffman, Icon Books, RRP£20, 576...

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