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MOSCOW BLOG: Unveiling the KGB school of economic management

September 21, 2016

Putin is reviving the KGB with a new Ministry of State Security. Why? The goal is probably to recapture some of the $300bn lost to corruption every year to help plug a budget deficit that is expected to persist for years.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin’s political system is now broken as well as the economic one

September 19, 2016

The Kremlin’s proxy in the lower house of parliament United Russia won the biggest majority ever in Russia’s seventh parliamentary election. Putin's economic model was already broken, but it looks like his political model is also bust.

MOSCOW BLOG: Why did Russian govt postpone Bashneft's privatisation and what might happen next?

August 25, 2016

Is the plan now to sell Bashneft to Rosneft, then raise more money through the privatisation of the merged companies?

MOSCOW BLOG: Kremlin ready to roll out the red carpet for Bojo's flying circus

July 15, 2016

Moscow says it's ready to work with new British foreign secretary Boris Johnson to restore tattered relations - but his toning down the rhetoric might help.

MOSCOW BLOG: Is Brexit a victory for Putin?

June 27, 2016

Is Brexit a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin? The Kremlin has offered a mixed message. Russia will benefit as EU resolve to maintain sanctions will weaken further, but suffer economically too from the blow to its main trade partner.

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