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MOSCOW BLOG: Proxy war

April 29, 2022

Two big war developments: US President Joe Biden asked Congress to expand his mandate for presidential discretionary military spending to $33bn on April 28; German lawmakers approved a law that allows Germany to send heavy weapons (tanks) to Ukraine.

MOSCOW BLOG: First steps towards peace in Ukraine, but not there yet

March 30, 2022

The start of a concrete deal has been thrashed out, and more importantly, the Russian side seems to be happy enough with the progress that it has ordered its troops to pull back from Kyiv.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russian SMEs hit by a tsunami of problems and bankruptcies

March 20, 2022

Russian small and medium-sized companies have been suffering heavily thanks to the series of shocks that have assailed the markets since the Kremlin launched its invasion of Ukraine near the end of February.

MOSCOW BLOG: Recalibrating for the economic war with Russia

March 9, 2022

OK people. It’s time to recalibrate. The war between Moscow and Kyiv in Ukraine just went global. It’s now a full blown economic war between East and West.

MOSCOW BLOG: Rescuing family as Ukraine implodes

March 7, 2022

The war in Ukraine is starting to creep into everyone’s households and that will only continue. It has walked into mine already. Elina Ribakova, deputy chief economist at IIF has been trying to rescue her relatives as they flee the war in Ukraine.

MOSCOW BLOG: Has Putin gone mad?

March 6, 2022

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin insane? It's a fair question. In the space of a week he has undone almost all the progress Russia has made in his two decades in office and returned Russia to the Soviet Union set-up.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russian sanctions – assessing the damage

March 2, 2022

Just how bad can the current Russian crisis get? Really really bad is the short answer. Gazprom's share price has crashed, but the real problem is the sanctions imposed on Russia by the West have fundamentally changed the nature of Russia's economy.

MOSCOW BLOG: An economic war between East and West has started

February 28, 2022

Buckle up. We are now in the biggest crisis in a decade. Obviously everyone is freaking out and things are moving very fast, but it could get a lot worse. And make no bones about it: the West is now at economic war with Russia.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin takes the “Berlin Wall option” to end the Ukraine crisis

February 24, 2022

Russia has attacked Ukraine. We have moved into the third phase of this showdown. What that means in practice is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has chosen the "Berlin Wall" option to ensure Russia's security.

MOSCOW BLOG Playing chicken with Ukraine

February 19, 2022

When I was a boy I used to play chicken with my brothers on the beach. The goal was to knock the brother off the friend's back and into the sand. Russia and the West are locked in a similar and much more violent version of the game.

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