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    How Obama lost friends and influence in the Brics

    When Barack Obama took office, he pledged a new overture to the world’s emerging powers. Today each of the Brics – Brazil,...

  2. April 9, 2014

    Russia presses Kiev on gas as armed stand-off continues

    Russia threatened to force Ukraine’s cash-strapped government to pay in advance for its gas imports, adding fresh pressure...

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  1. beyondbrics

    March 24, 2014

    Holiday in Crimea, Moscow tells Russians

    A wave of patriotism is sweeping Russia following the annexation of Crimea. But will the euphoria last long enough to have...

  2. March 24, 2014

    Kiev orders troops out of Crimea as Moscow sends in the rouble

    As Ukraine ordered the withdrawal of its remaining armed forces from Crimea on Monday Moscow sent in the rouble, moving...

  3. March 21, 2014

    Russia threatens to raise Ukraine gas prices as Kiev signs EU deal

    Russia’s prime minister on Friday threatened to raise Ukrainian gas prices and sue the country for $11bn in arrears, firing...

  4. March 19, 2014

    Obama forced to focus on new Russian threat

    Six months before his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama was caught on microphone talking to his then Russian...

  5. March 4, 2014

    Gazprom to raise Ukraine gas prices

    Gazprom will raise gas prices for Ukraine from the start of next month because the country has failed to pay its debts, said...

  6. The A-List

    February 27, 2014

    Russia should avoid raising the stakes over Ukraine

    The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi may have proved a distraction for Russia and its president, even as events in Ukraine were...

  7. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2014

    Ukraine: time for Gazprom to enter the stage?

    As the dust settles after the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, few doubt that Moscow is ready to protect...

  8. beyondbrics

    February 18, 2014

    Russian privatisation: it's back, sort of

    Investors look to Dmitry Medvedev (left) to champion the cause for privatization. But Russia’s prime minister hardly sounded...

  9. February 4, 2014

    Russia: After the party

    Oleg Shklyaruk strokes the sleeve of his azure uniform with pride as he describes how he gave up his job at an insurance...

  10. January 29, 2014

    Moscow puts Ukraine bailout on hold until new cabinet is formed

    Russia’s president Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Moscow would wait until Ukraine formed a new government before it...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    January 3, 2014

    Putin and Medvedev hit the slopes

    Alexei Nikolsy/AFP Vladimir Putin (left), president of Russia, and Dmitry Medvedev (centre), prime minister, ride in a ski...

  12. November 27, 2013

    Putin tightens grip on legal system

    Russia has abolished its highest commercial court and given president Vladimir Putin more power over prosecutors in what...

  13. November 25, 2013

    Mechel agrees covenant holiday with foreign creditors

    Mechel has reached agreement with a syndicate of foreign banks on a covenant holiday until the end of 2014, alleviating...

  14. beyondbrics

    November 15, 2013

    Ukraine: gas war averted, but is EU deal on?

    Ukraine has stepped back from the brink of another gas war with Russia and resumed gas imports from its powerful neighbour...

  15. beyondbrics

    November 1, 2013

    Slowly but surely, Novatek is breaking Gazprom's gas monopoly

    As Russia moves to liberalise liquefied natural gas exports, foreign companies are getting serious about buying gas from the...

  16. beyondbrics

    October 21, 2013

    Rosneft-CNPC: getting cosy

    Rosneft has agreed to allow CNPC to help develop east Siberian oil resources in a move that underscores deepening energy...

  17. beyondbrics

    October 20, 2013

    The week ahead: Oct 21-27

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Q3 earnings season kicks into high gear with McDonald’s, China Mobile, America Movil and...

  18. beyondbrics

    September 30, 2013

    Rosneft and TNK-BP minorities: playing nice?

    Be nice to the little guy Rosneft has finally caved in to pressure and offered to buy out minority shareholders in TNK-BP at...

  19. September 27, 2013

    Rosneft changes tack on TNK-BP minority buyout offer

    Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin has offered to buyout the minority shareholders of TNK-BP, six months after the Russian oil...

  20. beyondbrics

    September 22, 2013

    Week ahead: Sep 22 - 28

    The week ahead in emerging markets: a verdict for Bo Xilai is due, more Chinese economic data, Iranian president comes to...

  21. September 19, 2013

    Russia’s Skolkovo technopark needs a decade to work

    A group of Russian scientists who developed LiveMap, a huge motorcycle helmet with an Android-powered navigator in its...

  22. beyondbrics

    September 6, 2013

    Russia's proposed price freeze: don't do it

    So, Russia is considering price freezes to provide some relief for stretched household budgets and get the country’s economy...

  23. August 8, 2013

    Obama’s Putin snub puts new focus on Moscow’s China ties

    When leaders of the G20 assemble in St Petersburg next month, all eyes will be on the body language between the host...

  24. July 25, 2013

    Russia gives green light to stimulus programme

    Russia’s government has given the green light to a stimulus programme designed to jump-start the country’s slowing economy...

  25. beyondbrics

    July 17, 2013

    Russia's vodka tax: backfiring

    The Kremlin’s campaign against alcohol abuse is taking its toll on Russia’s vodka industry. As soaring taxes on liquor have...

  26. July 11, 2013

    Little changes for those Russian officials on ‘Magnitsky list’

    When President Barack Obama signed the Magnitsky Act in December 2012, banning dozens of Russian officials from entering the...

  27. June 21, 2013

    The Diary: John Thornhill

    When I first visited Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), in 1986 as a postgraduate student of Soviet politics, I fell sick...

  28. June 20, 2013

    Russia runs out of room to expand amid low investment

    When the St Petersburg International Economic Forum first became Russia’s premier annual investment showcase in 2006, its...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 20, 2013

    Baikalsk paper mill to close - really?

    Dmitry Medvedev confirmed plans this week to shut down a Soviet-era paper mill on the shores of Lake Baikal that...

  30. The World

    June 19, 2013

    A Kremlin sacking - or just a 33-minute wonder?

    –Vladimir Yakunin speaking to Vladimir Putin (Getty) For 33 minutes on Wednesday, it appeared that Vladimir Yakunin, the...

  31. June 17, 2013

    In search of the clever country

    As deputy chief of staff to three Russian presidents from 1999-2011, Vladislav Surkov worked for more than a decade to...

  32. June 17, 2013

    Dotcom investment: Internet start-ups are profitable but still constrained by markets

    As one of the original investors in several Russian internet success stories like Yandex, the search engine, and Ozon, the...

  33. beyondbrics

    May 31, 2013

    Guriev wins Sberbank AGM vote

    By Ben Aris of bne There was high drama at Sberbank‘s AGM on Friday when celebrity economist Sergei Guriev was voted back on...

  34. May 30, 2013

    Guriev’s flight

    Vladimir Putin can no longer claim to be maintaining even the appearance of democratic government as he conducts a campaign...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 28, 2013

    Nuclear friction within the Czech government

    By Nicholas Watson of bne The Czech prime minister assured his Russian counterpart on May 27 that the process for choosing...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 21, 2013

    Russia's markets: the Kudrin card

    As Russia’s economy slows, one name comes up more and more in conversations – that of Alexei Kudrin, the former finance...

  37. 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...

  38. April 25, 2013

    ‘Good tsar’ anoints adviser on Russia’s economy

    Vladimir Putin has sought to reassure Russians that the government is putting the economy centre stage in an annual call-in...

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