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MOSCOW BLOG: Oil tops $80 a barrel and changes Russia’s fiscal landscape

May 17, 2018

Brent futures passed the $80 a barrel mark on May 16 and transformed Russia’s profile. Now it looks like the Kremlin will easily cover the massive spending promises made by President Putin.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russio delenda est

April 27, 2018

When King Pyrrhus of Epirus stood on the Italian coast surveying the battlefield of Asculum where he had just defeated the Roman army in 279BC he famously said: “If I have another victory like that I will go home alone."

MOSCOW BLOG: Planet Business crashes into Planet Politics

April 13, 2018

When Putin took office the Moscow-based press corps spent six months writing the same piece: “Who is Mr Putin?” There are two Putins and two Russias: one is all about business and the other is all about politics. Are the two about to collide?

MOSCOW BLOG: Fake numbers but a real result in Russia’s presidential election

March 20, 2018

Vladimir Putin needed to genuinely win a significant proportion of the vote to avoid widespread and regime-threatening protests, but the Kremlin tweaked the result to ensure he took just over the symbolically important 50% of the popular vote.

MOSCOW BLOG: UK PM May grapples with what's to be done about those who are to blame

March 16, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats suspected of spying and threatened a range of unspecified Russian state asset seizures, claiming that the Russian government was “almost certainly culpable” for the poisoning of a spy.