Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Russia’s Central Bank is still spending to prop up the ruble:

Reminder that Moody’s downgraded last week:

One way of looking at it:

But Moody’s warns against such a decision:

Despite sanctions, Sechin somehow made it to Italy:

But who would buy it?

We are all shocked by this:

Bashneft case gets postponed again:

Stranger and stranger:

And stranger:

Background on another of Putin’s bankers:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Alcohol was probably involved in this poor decision:

Bears keeping an eye on:

Alexei Navalny is giving interviews from home like candy at Halloween:

Perplexing:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

More photos from Chechnya:

Daghestan’s Abdulatipov appears to be fighting for his career:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

‘The Hunt for Black October’ is not the first such incident in recent years:

You mock but…

On the Mistral contract:

Though France seems to think they have some kind of out:

The CSTO is not NATO:

 

 

UKRAINE

 

How much is the life of a dead Russian soldier worth?

Compare:

More evidence of Russian troop involvement in Ukraine:

And:

Sergei Ivanov stays on message:

Long read, but big takeaway:

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Spot the disconnect in this quote:

More troubles in Javakheti:

Deadline for compliance postponed until 1 March 2015, but:

Something struck me as odd about this:

Of roads and fools (and license plates):

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Self-plug

The Uzbekistan cotton fields–another of my campaigns:

Advertisement for Armenia in the New York Times:

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