Russia’s oil price could continue drop significantly if it stays on its current trajectory:
Chart of the day from Bloomberg:
Russia’s Finance Minister delivered a report to parliament about the country’s budget policy:
But did he just sign his resignation letter as a result?
Putin was also supposed to make a presentation to parliament on the budget, but decided against it:
This is how much it cost Russia to artificially keep the ruble below $40:
Planning on doing business in Russia as a foreigner? Read this first:
Russia’s new media law has hidden depths:
More pressure is being placed on Russia’s media and academia to report in a certain way:
Additional evidence that things are not all rosy in Russia:
More from Putin’s birthday celebrations around Russia:
And in Grozny:
But where is Putin?
At least you can get a t-shirt with Putin on it:
But you’ll have to wait in line:
It was also the 8th anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder:
US State Department’s Victoria Nuland was in Kyiv yesterday:
The ceasefire in Ukraine is still not a ceasefire:
Why aren’t the Baltics calling NATO’s Article 5?
Are more sanctions in the works?
Kidnappings of Crimean Tatars continue:
More on Georgia’s new restrictive visa law:
And it is not impacting just foreigners:
In case you missed it, my report:
ODDS & ENDS
More photos from Chechnya. This is in the Argun Gorge: