There is a strong possibility that Xenia Sobchak will draw away some of Alexei Navalny’s supporters: those losing faith in him and others preferring a less confrontational approach towards the Kremlin.
Ukraine has seen a sustained improvement in macroeconomic fundamentals, but the volatile geopolitical and domestic political backdrop means investors will need strong stomachs.
If oil stays in the $60-65 range, or higher, then Russian support for an Opec deal extension is very unlikely.
Vladimir Putin’s choice will be a potential indicator of the direction he plans to take in his fourth presidential term.
Drama staged by Ukrainian MPs averted attention from the essence of the recently considered Donbas laws, which is sad because the Ukrainian parliament had before it probably the most decisive law on Donbas ever.