Two pieces of news have gone largely under the radar, both with major implications for the 2018 election: the Kremlin’s plans to use state-owned enterprises as get-out-the-vote machines; and to watch the regions for signs of instability.
For all the Cold War chest beating, Russia’s growth uptick has sparked renewed foreign direct investment.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has offered hope that change may be possible, and connected corruption at the top with hardships experienced by ordinary Russians.
The writing is solid, embellished with great detail and research, giving some new information here, reminding of some forgotten nugget there, though it lacks any penetrating new insight or revelation.
Emerging market stocks have been hit harder than it appears by the election of President Donald Trump.
In 2016 Ukraine's economy returned to growth after collapsing since the Maidan protests. But the transformation can still be derailed as in 2018 the government must start paying back billions of dollars in debt. Is the country strong enough?
Russian grain producers lead an agricultural revival that has seen record food exports.
Tax service chief Roman Nasirov's detention on corruption charges is a litmus test for change in Ukraine.
Russia’s political theatre “closed for reconstruction” as Putin eyes fourth presidential term after 2018 election.
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