Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Russian capital.
June 20, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to placate growing popular dissent during his annual call-in by promising to clean up Russia's rubbish problem, amongst many other issues that affect the average Russian's daily life directly.
May 13, 2019
President Putin unveiled a very ambitious reform plan during his state of the nation speech on March 1 last year. Among the ambitious goals — some say unattainable goals — the president called for a drastic reduction in poverty.
March 14, 2019
US citizen and arguably Russia’s most successful fund manager Michael Calvey was arrested on Valentine’s Day and is still sitting in jail despite a public outcry by fellow financiers and a raft of leading Russian liberal politicians.
March 12, 2019
The Kremlin is launching into a six-year long $400bn spending bonanza that is intended to transform the economy. It's a lot of money and if the money is well spent it could cause a boom.
February 26, 2019
Putin is in a trap of his own making. Ignoring calls to let a US fund manager out of a Russian jail, he came out in support of the FSB last week. Choosing between Russia's international image and his domestic agenda, Putin always goes for the latter.