If Lukashenko gets away with his shakedown of Russia, it will be a useful indicator to just how confident the Russians really are behind their facade of cynical bombast.
The murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey exposes the withered, snapping moorings of the old US-led unipolar order and an early preview of how an unpolar world might appear.
Moscow seizes the opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Tehran as Western investors sit on the sidelines.
As international legal firms pull back, regional and local firms are moving in, bringing fees down.
The hollowing out of state institutions have left Russia in the hands of what we can call ‘adhocrats’ – agents of the Kremlin who may come from the civil service or business, and operate fluidly across traditional roles as needs dictate.
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