Notes

 ECONOMY

Here’s what the ruble looked like this morning:

The Australians sound like they were pressured into this:

Russia’s Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, is still trying to put a brave face on the ruble’s continuing fall:

Is Russia’s economy heading to another 1998?

VTB is pulling away from western Europe:

Even as Putin moves closer to China:

Rosneft is looking for legal help if you know any lawyers:

That tender, by the way, was found by Navalny:

More on the food price spikes:

Translated:

  • Milk up 12%
  • Sour Cream up 14.5%
  • Yogurt up 28%
  • Diapers up 31.7%
  • Chicken up 31.5%

And more:

Pessimism:

And paranoia:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

My Markov version of Cabaret will be written someday. In the meantime:

But Putin didn’t care:

Ramzan Kadyrov is great, isn’t he?

Memorial appeals:

Actually this is what Russians see on television nearly every night:

Restaurants taking advantage of sanctions?

A fun cultural moment:

 

UKRAINE

 

Thoughts on Putin’s “pullback” of troops to Rostov:

More great insight from Yan on the situation in eastern Ukraine:

Is the Novorossia project really dead?

Boris Nemtsov thinks yes:

CRIMEA

 

Great…

 

COLD WAR 2

Hilarious read, and well worth your time:

GEORGIA

Another boy from Georgia has died in Syria:

More details:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Post-Soviet realism?

Oldies:

And in case you have a few spare minutes:

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