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    1. January 30, 2015

      From glasnost to the Kremlin’s line of fire

      In a low-ceilinged basement off the Garden Ring road in Moscow, an exhibition of Soviet-era torture is on display. There are...

    2. January 29, 2015

      EU fails to agree new Russia sanctions

      Increasingly divided EU ministers failed to issue a specific threat of further economic sanctions against Russia on...

    3. The World

      January 29, 2015

      Smart Reads 29 January 2015

      Greece is shaping up as a potential ally of Russia after its new leftwing prime minister rattled Europe’s defence and...

    4. January 28, 2015

      Alarm bells ring over Syriza’s Russian links

      Soon after Syriza, the Greek radical leftwing party, swept to power this week, alarm bells began ringing in the capitals of...

    5. January 28, 2015

      Russia considers creation of ‘bad bank’ to aid financial sector

      Russia will consider creating a “bad bank” for troubled assets as part of a package of measures worth at least Rbs2.3tn...

    6. January 27, 2015

      Ukraine fighting points to Russia designs for puppet state

      An escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine in recent days has once again left western governments and military strategists...

    7. January 27, 2015

      Greeks rebuff EU call for more Russia sanctions

      Greece’s new radical leftwing-dominated government signalled on Tuesday that friction with its European partners might...

    8. January 27, 2015

      Arm Ukraine to show Russia conflict has a cost

      There can be no doubt that the recent escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine is the direct result of the increased...

    9. January 27, 2015

      Ukraine crisis: EU leaders warn of more sanctions against Russia

      European leaders have threatened to impose more sanctions on Russia, as fears grow that Moscow is seeking to open a new...

    10. January 26, 2015

      Nato accuses Russia over worsening Ukrainian crisis

      Nato has accused Russia of “sharply” escalating the crisis in eastern Ukraine in recent days by sending even more of its own...

    11. January 24, 2015

      Ukraine separatists in deadly rocket attack on Mariupol

      At least 30 people were killed and nearly 100 injured after a residential neighbourhood of Mariupol came under rocket attack...

    12. January 23, 2015

      Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev

      With Buddy Holly glasses and a bookish demeanour, Andrei Zvyagintsev seems an unlikely threat to Vladimir Putin. The film...

    13. January 23, 2015

      Dispute between Russia and Poland overshadows Auschwitz tributes

      A political war of words between Warsaw and Moscow has overshadowed the planning of events to commemorate the liberation of...

    14. January 23, 2015

      Litvinenko death inquiry starts next week

      Few will forget the haunting image of the gaunt, skeletal former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko dying in his London...

    15. January 22, 2015

      Oxford Instruments tumbles 30% on profit warning

      Shares in Oxford Instruments plunged almost 30 per cent on Thursday after the maker of nanotechnology products slashed its...

    16. January 21, 2015

      Richard Nixon’s madman theory enjoys a Russian revival

      It is called the “double bind” and it is said to be a cause of schizophrenia: an authority figure gives instructions so...

    17. January 20, 2015

      Only Russia can halt Ukraine’s drift to war

      After a brief winter lull, fighting has returned to Ukraine. The past week has seen the renewal of the conflict that has...

    18. January 19, 2015

      EU foreign ministers attack call to soften Russia stance

      A suggestion from the EU’s new foreign policy chief that the bloc consider softening its approach toward Russia drew a harsh...

    19. January 16, 2015

      RWE poised for UK asset sale to Russian oligarch

      RWE has agreed to complete the sale of North Sea gasfields to a Russian billionaire — with the proviso that the German...

    20. Brussels Blog

      January 15, 2015

      Is the EU preparing to re-engage with Russia?

      The new year has brought with it much talk of new diplomatic “windows” opening for talks between Europe and the Kremlin,...

    21. beyondbrics

      January 14, 2015

      Sanctions on Russia: the all-round impact

      “Sanctions are like exposure to radioactive materials,” says Stanislaw Secrieru, an analyst at the Polish Institute for...

    22. beyondbrics

      January 13, 2015

      South Korea's Ssangyong feels heat of Russian sanctions

      The impact of US sanctions against Russia has rippled far beyond Moscow to the South Korean town of Pyeongtaek, home to...

    23. January 8, 2015

      Russia: Dangers of isolation

      Welcome to Russia,” says the big sign marking the border from Belarus on the main road from Minsk to Moscow. But as Roman, a...

    24. January 5, 2015

      Russian opposition leader defies house arrest

      Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, has mounted a challenge to President Vladimir Putin by refusing to remain...

    25. January 4, 2015

      Ruben Vardanian, former Troika Dialog CEO: a grumbling optimist

      For a man once called the poster boy of Russian capitalism, Ruben Vardanian is remarkably relaxed about the crisis erupting...

    26. December 31, 2014

      Russia takes steps to prop up struggling companies

      Russia has moved to support a number of large companies and banks as it tries to prop up a struggling economy and a banking...

    27. December 30, 2014

      A year in a word: Novorossiya

      Novorossiya noun — the Black Sea territory that was part of the Russian Empire from the late 18th century until the...

    28. December 30, 2014

      Russia’s strong-arm tactics restore fragile calm to banks

      Svetlana Gorokhina took two hours from work on Monday to go to the bank. Two weeks earlier, the day the Russian currency...

    29. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Gordievsky defection chilled Anglo-Soviet ties

      Margaret Thatcher’s personal relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev had been setting the tone for a marked improvement in...

    30. December 29, 2014

      Russian GDP falls for first time in five years

      Russia’s economy contracted last month for the first time in five years amid the sharp fall in oil prices and the collapse...

    31. December 29, 2014

      RWE offers safeguards to ensure North Sea deal goes through

      RWE is seeking to insert safeguards into a €5.1bn contract to sell North Sea gasfields to a Russian billionaire that would...

    32. December 28, 2014

      Putin’s populist bluster belies the loneliness of the cynic

      In our sanitised, public relations-conscious age, Vladimir Putin’s chauvinistic bluster has been bizarrely compelling. For a...

    33. December 26, 2014

      Cost of Russia’s bank bailout surges as weaker rouble bites

      Russia trebled the size of its bailout of troubled lender Trust Bank to Rbs99bn ($1.9bn) on Friday, laying bare the growing...

    34. December 25, 2014

      Moscow seeks to reassure public that rouble crisis is over

      The Russian government sought to reassure the public that the country’s currency crisis was over, but warned of economic...

    35. beyondbrics

      December 22, 2014

      Rout of the rouble hits Thai tourism

      By Daniel Gallucci Half a world away from snowy Moscow, Russia’s deepening economic crisis is reverberating upon the...

    36. December 22, 2014

      Russia faces full-blown crisis, says Kudrin

      Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year that will trigger a series of defaults and the loss of its...

    37. December 21, 2014

      Russia blocks Facebook protest page

      Russia has blocked a Facebook page calling for a protest in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as the Kremlin...

    38. December 20, 2014

      CBR shows how not to intervene

      Never before has Russia’s central bank been so much in the spotlight. In the space of just 29 hours — from 10am on Monday,...

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