MOSCOW BLOG: Russia is stuck in the middle income trap

Ben Aris in Berlin December 21, 2017

Russia has fallen into the middle income trap and it is going to struggle to climb out again. One of the things that keep countries in this trap is that while life could be better, it’s actually not that bad.

Russia opens up the icy Northeast Sea Route transport route to Asia

Filip Brokes in St Petersburg December 20, 2017

It’s so cold on Russia’s northern coast that in winter the sea freezes into meters-thick sheets of ice. But Russian icebreakers have opened up the Northeast Sea Route, the shortest Europe-Asia shipping route, and cargo volumes are rapidly rising