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Finance International

Ruble to spread in global market

Russia is facing many economic problems and has seen its currency, the ruble, drop to record-low levels. Nevertheless, policy makers in Russia and abroad may help to strengthen the Ruble’s

International Politics

Ukraine’s EU rejection harmful to business environment

Ukraine’s regrettable choice of rejecting the EU Association Agreement could prove particularly harmful for the country’s business environment and future economic development. Ukraine’s back-pedalling is putting a stop to what

Economics Europe

Belarus blames Russia for economic woes in trade war

A trade dispute between Russia and Belarus over potash threatens the stability of the Eurasian Customs Union and demonstrates once again how dependent Belarus is on its larger neighbour. Vladislav

Economics Europe

Ukraine balances energy needs and European aspirations

Events over the past fortnight have demonstrated that Ukraine is still a point of competition for the EU and Russia. Should Ukraine manage to resist Russia’s pressure, its energy policy

Europe Politics

Russia’s Snowden Decision Obscures Economic Problems

Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden did not go over well in Washington. The US response to cancel the bilateral summit in September in

International Politics

Op-Ed: Boycott the Games

“If all GB athletes wore rainbow flags and Cameron turned up to the Kremlin with a rainbow tie, then that would be great,” said Anna Grigoryeva, 24, a Cambridge student

Europe Politics

Opposition leader imprisoned in Russia

Alexei Navalny, the most prolific and well-known campaigner against Russian President Vladimir Putin, was arrested in July 2013 on doubtful charges. The anti-corruption activist was prosecuted for a deal he

Security South and Central Asia

Russia Prepares for NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan

While most NATO troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Russia worries about the subsequent consequences for the stability of the region. According to NATO officials,

Economics Europe

Ukraine Could Become Europe’s Next Energy Hub

As Ukraine seeks to become an energy hub in Europe, Kiev’s ambitious energy plans still face various hurdles. During recent meetings between the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Ukraine’s