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    1. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection and...

    2. May 21, 2015

      IMF predicts upturn for Russian economy after 3.4% fall this year

      The Russian economy is set to contract by 3.4 per cent this year but will rebound in 2016, posting 0.2 per cent growth, the...

    Special Reports

    1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

      The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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      Central and eastern Europe’s property market has been hit by a wall of capital that ha...
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    1. May 21, 2015

      Russians confronted by the ultimate test of loyalties

      As Russia became embroiled in the war in Ukraine last summer, Olga Talalay jumped at the chance to escape the politics of...

    2. May 20, 2015

      Only high-level talks can penetrate the fog of war

      Has Vladimir Putin scored a diplomatic victory against the Obama administration? Until last week, Washington was...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      May 20, 2015

      Red Square dance off

      Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday ...

    4. FT Alphaville

      May 19, 2015

      Moratorium on Moscow?

      On May 28, Ukraine will pay $88m in interest on its $2.25bn bond due 2022. On June 20, it will also pay a $75m coupon on...

    5. May 18, 2015

      US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe

      The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline next...

    6. beyondbrics

      May 18, 2015

      Russia: economy in tatters, or business as usual?

      Much has been said over the last six months about the collapse of the Russian economy as a result of sanctions and the...

    7. May 18, 2015

      Rouble strength poses challenge for Russia’s central bank

      The rouble rose to its highest level against the dollar in nearly six months on higher oil prices, negating attempts by...

    8. Nick Butler

      May 18, 2015

      Another victory for Putin

      Last week’s decision by the UK’s new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, to approve Centrica’s plans for a dramatic increase in...

    9. May 15, 2015

      Stanislav Petrov’s real life restaged

      When Danish film-maker Peter Anthony first came across Stanislav Petrov, the lieutenant colonel in the Soviet air defence...

    10. May 13, 2015

      Nato says Russian nuclear talk irresponsible

      Russia is irresponsibly stepping up its nuclear rhetoric in a bid to rattle the west, Nato’s military chief has said,...

    11. May 13, 2015

      North Korea executes minister by anti-aircraft fire, says Seoul

      North Korea has executed its defence minister by anti-aircraft fire for crimes including falling asleep at a meeting in...

    12. May 9, 2015

      Vladimir Putin takes swipe at US during military parade speech

      Russia marks 70th anniversary of end of WWII in Europe Russian president Vladimir Putin used the 70th anniversary of the end...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      May 8, 2015

      Posing with Kim Jong-un and Putin

      North Korean tourist poses with a souvenir pillow decorated with an portrait of Kim Jong-un in front of a poster showing...

    14. May 8, 2015

      West shuns Moscow second world war commemorations

      Russia shows off its military hardware When Vladimir Putin presides over Russia’s largest military parade in post-Soviet...

    15. May 8, 2015

      Ukraine move to ban Soviet symbols sparks controversy

      Ukraine slideshow Just as Russia holds a vast military parade on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over...

    16. May 7, 2015

      Moscow seeks to unlock Chinese financing for Russian companies

      Moscow is trying to attract more Chinese loans for Russian companies by shouldering some of the credit risk through a...

    17. May 7, 2015

      Putin and Xi: not quite the allies they seem

      A friend in need is a friend indeed. But what sort of a friend is China really to Russia? Vladimir Putin, the Russian...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      May 7, 2015

      Star City trainees

      US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui take part in a preflight training session at the Gagarin...

    19. The Exchange

      May 7, 2015

      Why Moscow will celebrate May 9 without western leaders

      During the cold war, anniversaries of the end of the second world war were an exception from the general rule of...

    20. May 5, 2015

      Russia rattles sabres to keep Ukraine from the west

      Violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine have reached their highest level since the Minsk II agreement was signed in...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      May 5, 2015

      Victory Day rehearsals

      A man takes a picture of Russian Air Force fighter jets as they fly over Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day...

    22. May 4, 2015

      Russia looks back to the war to rekindle national pride

      May 1 was a glorious spring day in Pskov. Young people roller-skated or lounged on the banks of the Velikaya river. But...

    23. May 4, 2015

      Moscow offers bigger stakes in energy projects to lure Chinese

      A flagship Russian gas project may soon test Moscow’s newfound willingness to cede greater control of its energy assets to...

    24. April 29, 2015

      Brussels blames Gazprom for its own failings

      It is hard to think of an antitrust case as geopolitically charged as the one announced in Brussels last week against...

    25. April 28, 2015

      Chechnya’s economic recovery tested by slowdown

      The women in colourful headscarves laugh and chat as they harvest the cucumbers and pack them into boxes, stacked up in the...

    26. April 26, 2015

      Putin accuses US of supporting separatist militants inside Russia

      Vladimir Putin has accused the US of directly supporting separatist militants in Russia’s North Caucasus region against whom...

    27. April 26, 2015

      Russia is looking for allies, not deals, in Latin America

      Argentine President Cristina Fernández’s jokes were lost in translation when she sought to win over a group of bemused...

    28. April 25, 2015

      The Grozny warlord reminding Moscow who is boss

      Men with guns are everywhere in Grozny. They stand on street corners, hang out in hotel lobbies and swagger through shopping...

    29. April 24, 2015

      Night Wolves motorbike gang denied entry to Poland

      Seventy years on from the Soviet invasion of eastern Europe and capture of Nazi Berlin, Vladimir Putin’s favourite...

    30. FT Alphaville

      April 24, 2015

      FirstFT (the 6am Cut)

      A US drone strike killed two western hostages in an al-Qaeda compound in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, the White...

    31. April 22, 2015

      Gazprom and the EU test energy ties that bind

      On the day in October 1973 when Soviet gas started flowing to West Germany diplomats from the two countries gathered in...

    32. April 21, 2015

      Brussels risks Russian ire with Gazprom antitrust case

      Gazprom will on Wednesday be put in Brussels’ antitrust dock, accused of illegally abusing its gas market clout. The charges...

    33. FT Alphaville

      April 21, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Gazprom is next in the pipeline for Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition...

    34. April 20, 2015

      EU poised to unveil antitrust charges against Russia’s Gazprom

      Brussels will on Wednesday accuse Russia’s Gazprom of illegal abuse of its dominant position in Europe’s gas market,...

    35. April 17, 2015

      Kiev tightens security after shootings of pro-Russians

      Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk called on law enforcement bodies on Friday to strengthen security measures after...

    36. April 17, 2015

      The Diary: John Thornhill

      I have spent a fair chunk of my life striving to understand Russia. Of only one thing am I certain: the country will remain...

    37. April 17, 2015

      French count Jacques von Polier and his wild nights in Moscow

      It is a Tuesday morning in Moscow. A French count is sitting opposite me, the ex-wife of Vladimir Putin’s spokesman is...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      April 17, 2015

      Caged Ukranian

      Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands inside a defendants’ cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow....

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