January 29, 2015

Hot Topics: ruble How far Russia's economy can stretch without breaking

How far Russia's economy can stretch without breaking

Russia’s current economic situation poses complex problems for the Kremlin, but it might hypothetically lead to a more competitive and diversified market economy based around technology, innovation and valued-added manufacturing

Hot Topics: ruble Russia tries to save its economy before cheap oil turns it into 'junk'

Russia tries to save its economy before cheap oil turns it into 'junk'

At the 2015 Gaidar Economic Forum in Moscow, leading economists and government officials, both Russian and foreign, are discussing the economic challenges facing the Kremlin as oil prices continue to fall

Hot Topics: Ukraine There are no signs of an improvement in EU-Russia relations

There are no signs of an improvement in EU-Russia relations

Major EU countries want to “re-start” relations with Russia but a lot will depend on talks being held on Jan. 15 in Kazakhstan, where the presidents of Ukraine and Russia are to meet, says leading Greek foreign policy expert

Hot Topics: Ukraine Should the US reconsider the Ukraine Freedom Support Act?

Should the US reconsider the Ukraine Freedom Support Act?

Here is how the Ukraine Freedom Support Act and House Resolution 758 can affect U.S.-Russia relations and the endgame of the Ukrainian crisis in 2015. Instead of leading to peace, they could lead to an intensification of the conflict

Looking ahead to Russia's economic future, post-Davos

Looking ahead to Russia's economic future, post-Davos

Opinion

On Jan. 26, shortly after the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, international rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk status. In this light, Russian economist Yakov Mirkin ponders the future of the Russian economy

BRICS: From 'odd grouping' to political alliance?

BRICS: From 'odd grouping' to political alliance?

Analysis

Stepped-up sanctions against Russia could imperil the future economic growth of other BRICS nations, and that’s leading to active debate about the future role that the BRICS should play in the international political and economic system

What to expect from Syrian peace talks in Moscow

What to expect from Syrian peace talks in Moscow

Analysis

With the Syrian conflict entering its fifth year and the Geneva format for peace talks delivering almost zero results, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has invited Syrian opposition leaders and the Syrian government to discuss the issues in Moscow

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