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    1. December 23, 2014

      Global finance recovers after rouble rout

      Russia’s confrontation with the west over Ukraine has rewritten the geopolitical rules. But the country’s economic and...

    2. December 23, 2014

      Putin has one weapon to protect the rouble — he must use it wisely

      On top of his Ukrainian tribulations Vladimir Putin now has to manage a war of attrition with currency speculators. Lack of...

    1. December 22, 2014

      Russia’s ills spread around the region

      When Russia sneezes, the rest of the former Soviet Union catches a cold. Last week, as the rouble plunged as much as 36 per...

    2. December 22, 2014

      From inside Putin’s parallel universe, the crisis looks bright

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, once described Vladimir Putin as living in a “parallel universe”. Amid the economic...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. December 19, 2014

      A falling oil price is good for the world economy

      Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear. But what about for...

    6. December 18, 2014

      Defiant Vladimir Putin blames west for Russia’s economic woes

      A defiant Vladimir Putin said Russia should brace itself for two years of recession, as he blamed economic woes on a western...

    7. December 17, 2014

      Rouble crisis opens up Vladimir Putin to attack

      After months of nationalist euphoria, Russia’s financial upheaval has brought a sobering blast to the country’s political...

    8. December 17, 2014

      The only cure for what plagues Russia

      Belatedly, financial markets have realised that July 16 was Russia’s Lehman moment. On that day, the US imposed sectoral...

    9. December 16, 2014

      Russia is heading into an economic storm with no captain

      On Tuesday afternoon, the value of the rouble was one euro cent, about 30 per cent less than on Monday morning. Russian...

    10. December 16, 2014

      The rouble crisis reveals Putin’s strategic failure

      Russia is in the throes of a full-blown currency crisis, with profound implications for its economy, its political system...

    11. December 16, 2014

      Central bank accused of doing too little to halt rouble crisis

      Only a few weeks ago Russian bankers, corporate executives and government officials described the country’s economic woes as...

    12. December 15, 2014

      Moscow lifts interest rate to 17%

      Russia’s Central Bank has raised its main interest rate from 10.5 per cent to 17 per cent in the middle of the Moscow night,...

    13. December 8, 2014

      Chess moves to transform world politics

      Political analysts often use chess as a metaphor to describe world affairs. States and peoples move around the board...

    14. December 7, 2014

      Merkel accuses Putin of ‘creating problems’

      German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a sweeping criticism of President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, warning...

    15. December 3, 2014

      Can Vladimir Putin’s popularity weather a perfect economic storm?

      During Vladimir Putin’s first two terms as Russian president, from 2000 to 2008, rising oil prices allowed him to rule...

    16. December 2, 2014

      Angela Merkel’s sanctions balancing act outwits Putin, for now

      It was hard enough for German chancellor Angela Merkel to secure support for economic sanctions against Russia over the...

    17. December 2, 2014

      Anger and dismay as Russia scraps $50bn gas plan

      Eastern European nations reacted with shock and anger to Russia’s decision to abandon South Stream, its $50bn gas pipeline...

    18. December 2, 2014

      Demise of South Stream big setback for Putin

      Vladimir Putin likes to use every available chess piece to maximise Moscow’s influence on the world stage. Those he is...

    19. November 30, 2014

      The oil price will set the test for Putin’s resource nationalism

      During his time in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has drawn on two potent sources of political strength: high oil prices, which...

    20. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    21. November 27, 2014

      Germany acts to counter Russia’s Balkan designs

      Germany is stepping up its engagement in the Balkans amid concerns Russia is seeking to reassert itself beyond Ukraine and...

    22. November 26, 2014

      Merkel offers Russia trade talks olive branch

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for trade talks between the EU and a Russia-led economic bloc as a way...

    23. November 25, 2014

      Georgia calls on west to condemn Abkhazia treaty with Russia

      Georgia’s prime minister has called on the international community to condemn the treaty Russia signed on Monday with...

    24. November 25, 2014

      France suspends delivery of Mistral warship to Russia

      French President François Hollande has suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia...

    25. November 24, 2014

      China, Russia and the Sinatra doctrine

      For centuries European navies roamed the world’s seas – to explore, to trade, to establish empires and to wage war. So it...

    26. November 21, 2014

      Biden promises to support Kiev – but not with heavy weapons

      Joe Biden, the US vice-president, told an audience in Kiev on Friday that Washington would always support a democratic,...

    27. November 20, 2014

      Nato holds largest cyber war games

      In the birch woods that ring the eastern Estonian city of Tartu, 50km from the Russian border, Nato is preparing for cyber...

    28. November 20, 2014

      India’s Narendra Modi joins the great power game

      The world looks a different place through the other end of the telescope. For westerners, the crisis in Ukraine is about the...

    29. November 19, 2014

      Russia may pivot to the east but it cannot escape its European destiny

      Seen in historical perspective, Russia’s latest turn to the east is not new. “From the shores of the Pacific and the heights...

    30. November 19, 2014

      China and Russia in naval co-operation vow

      China and Russia have vowed to strengthen bilateral military co-operation and hold joint naval exercises to counter US...

    31. November 17, 2014

      Object 2014-28E – Space junk or Russian satellite killer?

      It is a tale that could have come from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being tracked...

    32. November 16, 2014

      Putin berates Kiev for cutting off services to east

      Vladimir Putin berated his pro-western counterpart in Kiev yesterday for ordering that public services and banking be cut...

    33. November 16, 2014

      Putin leaves G20 early over Ukraine

      Vladimir Putin walked out early from the G20 summit on Sunday after two days of tensions with fellow leaders over the crisis...

    34. November 14, 2014

      China’s lesson for Putin in how to do diplomacy

      Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has long called for “a new type of great power relationship” in global affairs. Hosting a...

    35. November 14, 2014

      Russia braced for ‘catastrophic’ oil plunge

      President Vladimir Putin said Russia is bracing itself for a “catastrophic” slump in oil prices. as the world’s leading...

    36. November 14, 2014

      Embattled Putin arrives at G20 with navy in tow

      An embattled Vladimir Putin arrived at the G20 summit admitting that Moscow was preparing for a “catastrophic” slump in oil...

    37. November 13, 2014

      Russia’s economic growth slows for third quarter

      Russia’s economic growth slowed for the third consecutive quarter, confirming the pressures western sanctions are exerting...

    38. November 13, 2014

      Russian aggression revives sanctions support in eastern Europe

      Mounting evidence of a Russian military intervention in war-torn Ukraine is stiffening the spines of some eastern European...

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