STOLYPIN: Russia has no grand plans, but lots of ‘adhocrats’

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague January 18, 2017

The hollowing out of state institutions have left Russia in the hands of what we can call ‘adhocrats’ – agents of the Kremlin who may come from the civil service or business, and operate fluidly across traditional roles as needs dictate.

Russia's Lavrov sweeps out Obama era, greets prospects under Trump

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Foreign minister doesn't hide Moscow's disdain for outgoing Democratic US leadership.

COMMENT: A China-Russia free trade deal is still many years away

Jeff Schubert of the International Center for Eurasian Research January 17, 2017

After a slow start it seems that research is underway for the proposed China-Russia FTA. But despite political will at the leadership level, the negotiations will not be easy, will take much time and may ultimately not succeed.

Outgoing US administration moves to extend Russian sanctions

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Move caps a slew of measures designed to lock in place the Democrats' tougher line on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Technological lag threatens Russia's security, warns Kremlin adviser Kudrin

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Russia’s technological lag seen as most serious challenge the country will face in the next 10 to 15 years.

After the smooth talking come the bumps in US-Russian road

Nick Allen in Warsaw January 13, 2017

After much cautious mutual deference shown by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the incoming US administration is already signalling a tougher stance on some key issues. Russia is holding its fire - for now.

Moscow sees threat from new US military deployment in Central Europe

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

US begins biggest deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War to reassure Nato states bordering Russia.

Waters muddy fast around Rosneft’s business and privatisation deal

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Suspicions grow of a multi-billion-dollar thimble trick in December's privatisation of 19.5% of Russia's state-controlled oil giant.

Moscow Exchange reports equity trading volumes up 90% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Russia’s equity market turnover jumped 55% m/m and 90% y/y to RUB983bn in December.

Goldman, Citigroup locked out as Russian investment banking fees surge to post-sanctions high

Jason Corcoran in London January 11, 2017

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are among Western investment banks in Moscow losing out as fees from deal-making jumped to their highest level in three years.

US adds Putin aide and alleged Litvinenko killers to Russia sanctions list

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow January 10, 2017

Fresh attention to the Litvinenko case can complicate US president-elect Donald Trump’s efforts to reset relations with Moscow.

FINTECH: Blockchain to get its own global business council

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2017

Bitfury has announced it will launch the first ever Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) on the margins of Davos in January.

Putin ordered campaign to help Trump win election, US spy agencies say

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2017

Controversial report accuses Russian leader of personally ordering a covert campaign to influence 2016 US presidential elections.

A tale of two countries: Russia vs Ukraine in 2017

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2017

Russia and Ukraine are in focus, as both are expected to begin their recoveries. But the view and situation of the two foes is very different: pundits are probably overly optimistic about Ukraine and overly pessimistic about Russia.

COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

Michael Cecire of New America January 6, 2017

Trump appears to have little sense of Nato’s history or purpose. It was formed not merely as a military bulwark against an aggressive Soviet Russia, but as part of a positive agenda to secure and expand a liberal, democratic space.

Ukraine elites locked in dispute over ‘red lines’ in conflict with Russia

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv January 6, 2017

An oligarch’s call for “painful compromises with Russia” has triggered a storm of accusations among Kyiv-based pro-Western activists, reformers and some lawmakers about surrender.

Kudrin report finds only third of Russia's planned reforms implemented

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2017

​A report produced by ex-finance minister and co-head of the presidential council Alexei Kudrin found that less than a third of reform measures included in the government’s 2020 strategy were implemented and none at all in some key areas.

Russian equity hot to trot in 2017

Ben Aris in Berlin January 5, 2017

Russia’s ruble-denominated Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX) put in another all-time high record on the first day of trading in 2017, hitting 2255 points during the trading session.

FILM REVIEW: “Zero Days” by expose veteran Gibney is a must-see study of cyber-warfare

Vadim Dumesh in Paris January 5, 2017

“Zero Days”, the latest documentary by Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, makes a chilling and urgent claim that the cyber domain has become an as-yet unregulated fourth dimension of warfare.

Russian companies seen paying some of highest dividends in emerging market world in 2017

Ben Aris in Berlin January 5, 2017

Russian companies pay some of the highest dividends in the emerging market world; Russian stocks are expected to pay a 4.9% dividend yield in 2017 of 2-4 percentage points more than their peers, making them investors' darlings.

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