The manoeuvre is just a ship-steadying change: notable, but still not the sort of fundamental structural reform seen as necessary.
Detention of former MP Mykola Martynenko offers new hope against endemic corruption, while shaking up party politics at a crucial time.
Embedding spies in the private sector has become one more way the Russian state risks becoming privatised through the back door.
Opposition claims at least 1.5mn votes should be disallowed, which if upheld would be enough to reverse the narrow lead held by President Erdogan.
Ebrahim Raisi has emerged as a strong conservative contender who can take advantage of disappointment with the meagre dividends from the end of sanctions.
This is not just a question of US-Russian relations: it also speaks to the Kremlin’s fundamental uncertainty about a whole series of urgent concerns.
Seldom are the words “corrupt” and “banking” seen together on the Financial Times’ pink pages. But there they were in an article featuring the governor of Ukraine’s central bank, Valeriya Gontareva, and unfairly, in my opinion.
Despite its previous calls for a weaker exchange rate, a stronger ruble may suit the government as it enables industry to import technology more cheaply.
The challenge for the Kremlin is to nurture public resilience to cope with isolated atrocities such as the St Petersburg bombing, and to avoid the temptation to use them for sordid political advantage.
What surprised about the anti-corruption demonstrations was not their size but the youth of the crowd. Russia's youth face a bleak future, and the Kremlin has little control over them.
Things in Russia are likely to get ugly before they get better, and they could get out of control randomly and quickly.
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.
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