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:
- Milk up 12%
- Sour Cream up 14.5%
- Yogurt up 28%
- Diapers up 31.7%
- Chicken up 31.5%
My Markov version of Cabaret will be written someday. In the meantime:
But Putin didn’t care:
Ramzan Kadyrov is great, isn’t he?
Actually this is what Russians see on television nearly every night:
Restaurants taking advantage of sanctions?
A fun cultural moment:
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:
COLD WAR 2
Hilarious read, and well worth your time:
Another boy from Georgia has died in Syria:
ODDS & ENDS
And in case you have a few spare minutes: