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MOSCOW BLOG: Time to abandon sanctions on Russia

December 21, 2018

The stated goal of sanctions is to change Russia’s behaviour and more specifically to change its aggressive policy to its neighbours – Ukraine first and foremost. In this sense they are a complete failure.

MOSCOW BLOG: Why would Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman want to sell Alfa Bank?

December 7, 2018

Commentators warn private banking is over in Russia if the “family silver” goes to a state bank.

KYIV BLOG: Did Ukraine provoke the clash in the Sea of Azov?

November 27, 2018

Given the political timing of the incident the question needs to be asked but the answer is inconclusive. Whoever is to blame, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received a political gift.

Happy 12th birthday bne

October 18, 2018

bne keeps soldiering on as we believe the transition of emerging European countries into normal democracies with functioning markets is one of the most exciting stories on the planet.

MOSCOW BLOG: Capital flight figures to make your eyes water

September 22, 2018

Looking over Russia’s capital flight data, you could be driven to tears. Since 1994, when the Central Bank of Russia started publishing the data, a total of $581bn has left Russia as private sector outflows.

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