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MOSCOW BLOG: Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin 100 days of servitude

May 4, 2020

May 1 marks the end of the first 100 days since Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin took over at the helm of the Russian government, and if a week is a long time in politics then three months is a geological age.

MOSCOW BLOG: The Russian budget under coronavirus pressure in 2020

April 30, 2020

Russia’s budget will be hard hit by the current crisis as GDP could contract by as much as 20% this year, leading to tax revenues drying up. But the Kremlin has a lot of money in the bank. The problem is that it really doesn't want to spend it.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia caught out by oil plunge

April 24, 2020

Did Russian President Vladimir Putin just screw up in a spectacular fashion? Russia pulled out of the OPEC+ production cut deal on March 6, setting off a downward spiralling of prices that ran out of control

MOSCOW BLOG: Is Putin a megalomaniac?

January 17, 2020

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin a megalomaniac? The reaction of the commentatori to the huge changes in Russia’s political DNA suggested by the president was kneejerk and entirely predictable.

MOSCOW BLOG: The life of a beekeeper

December 11, 2019

Yuri Luzhkov was mayor of Moscow for nearly two decades and presided over the total transformation of the Russian capital.