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Mr. Putin creates his own army

Mr. Putin creates his own army

IN A SURPRISE move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President [...]

Russia bets on import substitution to defeat Western sanctions

Russia bets on import substitution to defeat Western sanctions

AS THE Russian economy’s difficulties deepen, the government is developing a new strategy to boost [...]

Chechnya’s warlord plays zany power game with Kremlin

Chechnya’s warlord plays zany power game with Kremlin

AS RUSSIA sinks deeper into economic crisis, the political games being played in the country have [...]

Russia uses provocations to force West into recognizing it as partner

Russia uses provocations to force West into recognizing it as partner

ON NEW Year’s Eve, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an updated national security [...]

Refugee crisis tests the cohesion of the European Union

Refugee crisis tests the cohesion of the European Union

EUROPEAN leaders have long known that the main danger posed by the refugee influx is political [...]

IMF bends rules in risky effort to bail out Ukraine

IMF bends rules in risky effort to bail out Ukraine

ON DECEMBER 18, 2015, Ukraine announced it had no intention of honoring a $3 billion Eurobond loan [...]

Economy and wars will soon determine Putin’s future

Economy and wars will soon determine Putin’s future

THE OUTLOOK for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since [...]

Russia pursues two-pronged Syrian strategy

Russia pursues two-pronged Syrian strategy

RUSSIA’S entry into Syria’s increasingly chaotic civil war surprised many, raising the question of [...]

Ukraine faces threat from its staunchest defenders

Ukraine faces threat from its staunchest defenders

AS WINTER approaches, stillness has descended on the Donbas battlefield. Ukraine’s embattled [...]

As guns fall silent, Donbas deal comes tantalizingly close

As guns fall silent, Donbas deal comes tantalizingly close

RUSSIA’S entry into the Syrian conflict has fundamentally altered its stand-off with the United [...]

Sweden ponders how to strengthen defences against Russian threat

Sweden ponders how to strengthen defences against Russian threat

RECENT polls indicate that more Swedes now want their country to join Nato than those who want it [...]

Russia’s rulers feeling twitchy ahead of 2016 elections

Russia’s rulers feeling twitchy ahead of 2016 elections

AS THE RUSSIAN economy moves further into recession, the Kremlin is looking ahead to next year’s [...]

Russian military build-up stumbles on cut-off from foreign suppliers

Russian military build-up stumbles on cut-off from foreign suppliers

THE CRISIS in Ukraine is wreaking havoc on Russia’s ambitious plans to modernise its armed forces. [...]

CHEAP OIL puts Putin and future Russian economy under the cosh

CHEAP OIL puts Putin and future Russian economy under the cosh

Recent economic data show the Russian economy bottoming out. After a near catastrophic December, by [...]

Nato sabre-rattling risks antagonising the bear

Nato sabre-rattling risks antagonising the bear

AUGUST 1, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Accords, designed to [...]

Russia’s food sanctions may be hurting Russia more than the West

Russia’s food sanctions may be hurting Russia more than the West

IT IS NOW over a year since the West imposed sanctions on Russia and the Kremlin retaliated with [...]

Russian auto industry backslides amidst broader economic decline

Russian auto industry backslides amidst broader economic decline

THE RUSSIAN auto industry is backsliding fast. The dual blows of sanctions and low oil prices have [...]

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

IN EASTERN Ukraine heavy weapons have been brought back into the prohibited zone and shelling has [...]

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