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    1. April 17, 2015

      Russia’s economy shrinks 2-4% despite Putin’s positive spin

      Russia’s economy contracted further in the first quarter triggering a 5 per cent slide in the rouble, a day after president...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. The World

      April 17, 2015

      Ukraine's hybrid peace

      Predictions that the war in Ukraine might be past its worst point can only be advanced with caution and caveats. Over the...

    3. April 17, 2015

      Once a taboo, Nato membership now a hot topic in Finland

      Four years ago, when Finland’s current government came to power, Nato membership was deliberately ruled out. Now, with a new...

    4. April 16, 2015

      Oil demand seen lagging boom era growth

      Factories and cars in fast-developing countries guzzled up the world’s growing oil supply at a swift rate in recent years....

    5. April 16, 2015

      Polish presidential candidate wants warmer ties with Russia

      Poland’s leading centre-left presidential candidate has criticised the country’s hawkish approach to Russia, pledging to...

    6. April 16, 2015

      Offices of Khodorkovsky’s foundation raided in Moscow

      Security forces raided the Moscow offices of Open Russia, the foundation backed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in connection with...

    7. beyondbrics

      April 16, 2015

      Attitudes to Stalin show Ukrainians are not Russians

      Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, likes to say that Russians and Ukrainians are one people. Such views are reminiscent of...

    8. April 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin tells Russians worst of economic crisis is over

      Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the state of the economy, wages and pensions in his annual marathon phone-in...

    9. April 16, 2015

      Shared problems push North Korea into Russia’s arms

      For Im Cheon Il, a diplomat, there has never been a better time to invite Russian children to spend their holidays at a...

    10. April 16, 2015

      Gunvor sells stake in Siberian miner to reduce Russian exposure

      Gunvor, one of the world’s biggest commodity traders, has sold its 30 per cent stake in Kolmar, the Siberian coal producer,...

    11. beyondbrics

      April 15, 2015

      Russia's silent war against the west

      As revelations about cyber-attacks launched against the US last autumn show, Russia is engaged in a relentless intelligence...

    12. April 15, 2015

      Carmakers take divergent roads in Russia

      General Motors’ decision last month to end production and a large chunk of its sales in Russia looked ominous for the...

    13. April 15, 2015

      Burberry looks to US to offset fall in Hong Kong sales

      Burberry’s trademark trenchcoats and cashmere scarves helped push second-half sales up 10 per cent as strong trading in the...

    14. April 15, 2015

      IEA warns of ‘murkier’ oil outlook

      The rebalancing of the global oil market may still be in its early stage with the outlook “only getting murkier”, according...

    15. April 15, 2015

      Analysis: Turkey pivotal to future of European gas supplies

      On March 16, the presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia travelled to Kars in Turkey’s mountainous northeast, and then...

    16. April 14, 2015

      Business alarmed at Chinese plans to curb data transfer

      China is building a “big data dam” to rival the Great Firewall blocking the internet, say US business leaders concerned...

    17. April 14, 2015

      Emerging markets retreat continues to weigh on Ashmore

      Ashmore, the emerging markets-focused investment group, has reported a 4 per cent third quarter decline in assets under...

    18. FT Alphaville

      April 14, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here Russia lifted its self-imposed ban on selling an advanced air-defence systems to...

    19. April 14, 2015

      Property investors look beyond central and eastern Europe’s capital cities

      Judging by the number of cranes and construction sites dotting the sides of Warsaw’s main commercial street, it is easy to...

    20. April 14, 2015

      Oil price fall and sanctions affect Russian property market

      The dusty windows of Moscow’s soon-to-open OKO Tower provide a panorama of the Russian capital. The most striking sights are...

    21. April 13, 2015

      World no longer listens to the deaf prophets of the west

      As Europe struggles to hold itself together and its nationalist parties preach the virtues of the old nation-state, we find...

    22. April 13, 2015

      Gazprom chief warns EU over pricing challenge

      Gazprom, Russia’s state controlled gas exporter, has said attempts by Brussels to crack down on its pricing model will...

    23. April 13, 2015

      Russia lifts ban on Iran air-defence missiles

      Russia on Monday unblocked the sale to Iran of one of the world’s most advanced air-defence systems, in a move that will irk...

    24. Nick Butler

      April 13, 2015

      The EU is quietly shaping its energy union

      An intriguing process has begun in the EU, almost unnoticed outside the small world of Brussels and the shrinking circle of...

    25. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      Guess the chart, pick your rally carefully edition

      Answer below the break, courtesy of BofAML’s Michael Hartnett: In 67 trading days this year we have seen 26 rate cuts, the...

    26. April 10, 2015

      What Russians really think

      What Russians really think When I visited him last month in Moscow, Kirill Yerokhin was in his living room, which had been...

    27. April 9, 2015

      Ukraine opens gas sector to investors with anti-monopoly law

      Ukraine’s parliament approved a law on Thursday intended to break monopolies and lure badly needed investment into the...

    28. April 9, 2015

      Protests bubble up across Russia in sign of public discontent

      Russia is witnessing a spate of sporadic, locally organised popular protests in a sign of profound public dissatisfaction...

    29. April 9, 2015

      Emerging markets grow at slowest pace since 2009 slump

      Emerging market economic growth has slipped to its slowest pace since the 2009 slump, new figures suggest, as developing...

    30. April 9, 2015

      Europe faces more than a Greek tragedy

      The pilgrimage of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow told a tale of two tragedies. One, perilously close to the...

    31. April 9, 2015

      Ayatollah says US distorting Iran nuclear deal

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, accused the US on Thursday of distorting the nuclear framework agreed with...

    32. April 9, 2015

      Russian rates tempt the carry traders

      At the end of last week, Strategas, the New York-based research boutique, presented the “wall of worry” issues currently...

    33. April 8, 2015

      Russia and Greece pledge to ‘restart and revive’ relations

      Russian president Vladimir Putin and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras have made a pledge to “restart and revive”...

    34. April 7, 2015

      Duma paves way for dissident lawmaker to face fraud charges

      When Vladimir Lenin left Russia in 1900, he had a group of like-minded Marxist émigrés waiting for him in western Europe and...

    35. April 7, 2015

      New evidence found from Polish plane crash that killed leaders

      Fresh evidence reportedly retrieved from a plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010 has reignited a...

    36. April 7, 2015

      America will lose patience with European appeasement

      Appeasement is an age-old tactic of diplomacy. It can be a defensible one, but not as a frame of mind for an entire...

    37. April 6, 2015

      Alexis Tsipras’s soft fruit ploy with Moscow set to antagonise EU

      When Alexis Tsipras visits Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin on Wednesday there is a chance the Greek premier’s eastern manoeuvre...

    38. April 6, 2015

      Greece falling short of final debt deal

      For a government struggling to make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund this week, Greece’s Syriza administration...

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