We could hit $80 a barrel by Friday:
I feel like I’m at a horse race:
Russia’s Central Bank is spending like crazy to keep the ruble afloat:
And praying (I’m not sure this is real, but it’s amusing)?
But not everybody is pleased by this:
And is it a dead-end?
Inflation and fear:
But the lower ruble is helping Gazprom:
Despite their first agreement being something of a flop, China and Gazprom are climbing back into bed with one another:
And over at Rosneft, another executive falls:
More on the budget crunch:
And Russia is starting to take budget cuts to the regions:
I would agree with this assessment:
Possibly the greatest question posed yesterday:
This is what Russians think of democracy:
And a free press:
Russians are still rushing for the exits, and here is why:
Putin’s office owns land in… Finland?
Putin held a meeting of his Human Rights Council, and it did not sound like it went well:
Or maybe it did?
As usual, these numbers are questionable:
Seriously, all, just stop:
And pretty much the greatest compliment of all time, and my new mantra:
Really, these people are stuck in the past:
In case you are interested:
And journalist death:
“In Putin’s mind, Ukraine is not a state.” Sums it up nicely:
More kidnappings of Crimean Tatars:
As Russia begins its census there:
Putin is still annoyed by Dzhemilev:
COLD WAR 2
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, gave a press conference today. The man is clearly smoking something more than tobacco:
Lavrov earned a few jokes at his expense:
Lavrov and John Kerry met in Paris today, but it appears that they’re no closer to an agreement on Ukraine:
They did however reach a compromise on Syria:
But Kerry looked frustrated:
But will they?
And I’m still hard at work:
ODDS & ENDS
In case you missed it the first time:
And a bit of history: