Why Sanctions on Russia Don’t Work

The Western approach to Russia assumes that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin’™s regime to make concessions or even crumble. But, as recent opinion polls suggest, such an approach is less likely to undermine the regime than to cause Russians to close ranks in Putin’s defense. Read more ...

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30 Mar 2015

Expats in Russia: No longer a boom - but not all doom and gloom

The rouble's calamitous fall against the euro and dollar this winter and a well-publicised recession makes Russia less attractive for expats than anytime in recent memory. But are they really leaving the country? Bryan MacDonald discovers that how the economy is faring back home plays a decisive role in whether Russia’s foreigners stay or go. Read more ...

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30 Mar 2015

Former MI6 head: Putin could get more dangerous

Richard Dearlove, the former head of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, has said that the West is failing to put sufficient pressure on Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian economy is heavily reliant on oil revenues—almost half of Russian government revenue is from natural resources. You can unsubscribe from the Prosp [...] Read more ...

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30 Mar 2015

Russian consul to Klaipėda was spy

site.title - Russia's consul general to Klaipėda Vladimir Malygin was last year sent out of Lithuania as an agent of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service who aimed to collect non-public information about the country's politics and energy projects, the Lithuanian State Security Department said on Monday. Read more ...

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30 Mar 2015

Reuters Asks

People in the United States feel under threat, both from beyond our borders and within them and as Reuters reports, when asked about both U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was a pretty darn close call. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds a third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to [...] Read more ...

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30 Mar 2015