Economy

Guest post: Russia pivots from West to East

A guest post in The Financial Times by Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, writes that Russia is pivoting from West to East. The article notes that Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has announced that Russia and China plan to establish their own joint rating agency.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Russia Is in No Economic Shape to Fight a War

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Anders Åslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, stating that Russia is likely to be highly vulnerable to financial sanctions.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Opinion: Crisis reveals serious cracks in Putin's empire

CNN Online publishes an article by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation, arguing that the Ukraine crisis is revealing serious cracks in President Vladimir Putin's empire. The article notes that Russian stagnation now threatens to turn into a double-dip recession.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sochi is a Sad Reminder of Corruption's Grasp

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Andrew Monaghan, a senior research fellow at Chatham House, a London-based international relations think tank, writing that the Olympic Games in Sochi is a sad reminder of corruption's grasp in Russia.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gazprom and European gas markets

An article in The Economist says European efforts to reduce Gazprom’s sway over gas prices have been partially successful. The proportion of Europe’s gas bought in the spot market has significantly risen. This has undermined Gazprom’s position. However, it is far too soon for Europe to declare victory.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Russia’s WTO entry: one year on, business is disappointed

A blog post in The Financial Times by Ben Aris, editor-in-chief of Business New Europe, writes that as the first anniversary of Russia joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) approaches, many Russian businesses are starting to ask why the government bothered.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How Russia Mismanaged the Financial Crisis

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, gives his assessment of how Russia mismanaged the financial crisis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kremlin's Populism Won't Boost GDP

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times political analyst Georgy Bovt says that the Kremlin's populism will not boost Russia’s GDP. The article says the public is being drawn into a discussion of irrelevant problems that will do nothing to resolve the far more pressing need for economic and social development.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

9 Reasons Why Stability in Russia may be Elusive

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Anders Åslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, in which he outlines nine reasons why stability in Russia may be elusive.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

To privatise or not to privatise

An article in The Economist says the Russian government’s ambitious plans for privatisation are at risk of becoming an orphan policy. President Vladimir Putin believes in the virtue of state control, especially over strategic industries. And he remains uneasy about renewed economic crisis.

Friday, January 18, 2013