Eastern Europe / Opinion

COMMENT - How will the new US sanctions affect Russia’s economy?

Oleksandr Valchyshen in Kyiv August 18, 2017

COMMENT - How will the new US sanctions affect Russia’s economy? The US has finalized the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and promoted it as a profound new step towards undermining the Russis

KRUK REPORT: Saakashvili is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship as Poroshenko’s re-election campaign gets underway

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv July 27, 2017

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, the latest move in President Petro Poroshenko's increasingly obvious preparations for re-election in 2019.

MACRO ADVISER: No respite for Russia watchers in August

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 27, 2017

August is always an eventful month in Russia, and the US Congress’ determination to press ahead with tougher sanctions legislation against Moscow means this year will be no exception.

STOLYPIN: Donbas continues to be as unpredictable as it is unloved

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague July 25, 2017

Declaration of a new state of ‘Malorossiya’ reflects conflicting agendas of local Donbas warlords and Moscow, as much as the struggle between Moscow and Kyiv.

MACRO ADVISER: It's the oil price, stupid

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 17, 2017

Despite cheap equity valuations and the economy's reduced exposure to hydrocarbon vulnerability, Russian stock prices will remain dominated by the gloomy outlook for oil prices.