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MOSCOW BLOG: The thankless burdens of Russia’s opposition

February 19, 2024

Russia’s opposition carry a heavy burden but have made few inroads since Russian President Vladimir Putin took office over two decades ago. But many remain prepared to heroically martyr themselves, despite having the odds stacked against them.

MOSCOW BLOG: British expats still fare well in Russia

January 3, 2024

Jonny and I both moved to Russia right after university (albeit at different times). He left following the invasion, but recently came back. ‘I just didn’t want to go’, says Jonny, "It’s home."

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin to run for president in an election where the voters don’t matter

December 8, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin ended months of speculation and officially declared his intention to run for re-election in 2024 on December 8.

MOSCOW BLOG: OFAC takes up the whack-a-mole hammer

November 17, 2023

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) hit three more UEA-flagged tankers with sanctions for busting the oil price cap sanctions yesterday night and threatened another 30 companies that operate over 100 ships.

MOSCOW BLOG: The multipolar world is here

October 26, 2023

The world is fragmenting into regional blocks and new alliances. Putin's goal was to remake the global system and switch from a unipolar world where the US decides to a multipolar world where every country's point of view counts. It's happening.