Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

 

 

ENERGY

 

But Rosneft downplays:

Don’t mention the lack of technology:

And a song:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

The money trail:

Migration rules are being tightened again:

Quality construction here:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

Nothing new:

 

UKRAINE

 

Ukraine’s parliament opened today:

And:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Long read:

More sanctions, but few details:

And a loophole:

The Mistral is still sitting in France:

 

 

CRIMEA

 

        

 

GEORGIA

 

How much does an op-ed in the WSJ cost these days?

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Notes

ECONOMY

 

“Sanctions” continue to bite:

And:

Russia offers reassurances to the Germans:

What do you think the real number is?

Sticking to the same script:

 

 

ENERGY

 

The numbers ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna today:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Russia’s former Finance Minister:

Everyone is a spy these days:

Next week:

Fugazi:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

Interesting theory on an old assassination:

Must read from Grozny:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Somebody is dumping info:

LOL?

 

 

LONDONGRAD

 

No gloating here:

Background:

 

UKRAINE

 

The Ukraine invasion continues:

But there are no Russian troops involved:

More numbers:

 

CRIMEA

 

And:

Also:

 

GEORGIA

 

A rare sight:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

A personality cult at its finest:

Blast from the past:

 

Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Maybe they’ll actually sell this time:

Again, it’s always somebody else’s fault:

Scrounging for cash:

 

 

ENERGY

 

Not sure how much difference this will make:

How low can he go?

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

For what it’s worth:

Meanwhile:

This should be interesting:

Your future Prime Minister:

The smog in Moscow is not going away:

And Gazprom still denies it is from them, but

 

 

 

UKRAINE

 

And:

POWs not protected by Geneva:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Good news?

The Putin Project is dead:

 

CRIMEA

 

And photos:

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Snow in Georgia:

And a wedding:

And another annexation:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Notes

ECONOMY

 

Vedomosti still telling it like it is (note that Lebedev agrees):

Lowballing:

Softening the crash?

More madness & corruption:

This is just another money laundering scheme:

And more useless sanctions:

 

ENERGY

 

Russia’s Energy Minister is still playing with the market:

The OPEC meeting is in Vienna this week:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

The Ekho Moskvy ‘victory’ was short-lived:

Putin’s Russia by the numbers:

Unfortunately, this is probably true:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

 

COLD WAR 2

 

This is probably true, but why come out and say it now?

Big step:

Must read:

 

UKRAINE

 

The Ukraine invasion continues:

And now the US has no Secretary of Defense:

More war games:


GEORGIA

 

Good news?

Bad news:

Another huge power outage in Georgia, but once again nobody knows what caused it:

The truth is probably somewhere in between:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Soviet Art of the Day:

And Quote of the Day

Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Thieves:

An interesting take on Russia’s Central Bank and Putin’s alleged hands-off policy:

 

ENERGY

 

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller has been looking quite ill lately:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Berezovsky the consummate planner…

Good?

Clearly, he has completely lost the script:

Good news, bad news:

Long, but worth reading:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

 

UKRAINE

 

Yes:

More bad news:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Article 5 is dead:

True:

And it is working:

Another prediction of nuke usage:

At this point, I’ll believe anything:

Incidents map:

 

CRIMEA

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Rose Revolution Anniversary:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Russia is definitely not Europe:

The Putin Project

The Putin Project is dead.

If the Germans ever imagined they could reach an accommodation with this Russian government, that expectation is now clearly gone. Multiple parties within the establishment have come out in the last few days with similar declarations.

A two hour tête-à-tête between Putin and Merkel last weekend allegedly produced no results (though by the middle of the week, the meeting had morphed into a four hour meeting in press reports).

In a speech in Poland on Thursday, Merkel noted:

“The strength of law is what we believe in, not the supposed law of the strong.”

A meeting between Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Germany’s Foreign Minister ended with this statement:

“There is no reason for optimism in the current situation,” Steinmeier said. “If I were pleased with the situation I would not have come here.”

It should be noted that the Russians were able to get one of their spies back from the Germans, though the details remain unclear. Rumor says that they Russians paid half a million euros for her return, but that has not been verified. It is also unclear if the Germans received anything else in exchange (my guess is no).

Meanwhile, Putin appeared in an interview on German television that did not portray him in the best light. The television station was rapped for the soft tone it took, but it is doubtful they would have gotten an interview without pre-approved questions. The content of the interview did not interest me as much as the body language. Putin could not sit up properly, the left side of his mouth was drooping, and he appeared to be in pain .

In another interview put out on Sunday, Putin said “he does not intend to remain president for the rest of his life”. Make of that what you will.

Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Will the EU follow suit?

More countersanctions:

Sistema wants out:

What does this mean?

Thieves:

 

 

ENERGY

 

Good news:

And more good news:

We are all experts on oil price futures now:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

This is just sad:

On the air in Moscow:

Thieves:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

Because there is no money:

 

 

UKRAINE

 

The invasion of Ukraine continues:

But we still cannot use the “I” word:

More evidence:

More bad news:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

That will work:

Thieves:

Yes:

Blast from the past (but worth watching):

 

CRIMEA

 

Ugh:

 

GEORGIA

 

Does not exactly inspire confidence:

Unfortunately:

This is probably an accurate assessment (also, oil & gas pipelines):

This is really sad:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Football & corruption:

Caption Contest:

And a photo from our trip last year to Artsakh:

https://twitter.com/laracchi/status/532965114400768001

Notes

ECONOMY

 

What if there is no more money?

More requests for bailouts:

Now Sechin says he doesn’t need so much:

But Yakunin says he needs more than Russia can provide:

Are more sanctions coming?

Ruble may be in free float, but it’s still not doing so hot:

 

ENERGY

 

Yes!

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Whoops:

More bad news for Russian NGOs:

This is what happens when you skim off the top:

But what do you expect from a thief?

LOL?

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

Just like Myanmar?

The accident with Abdulatipov’s motorcade was bad (a photo):

 

COLD WAR 2

 

On the proposal to turn Ukraine into another Finland:

The G20 should be fun:

More planes, but in the Gulf of Mexico this time:

Sure:

Any guesses?

Still asking “will they or won’t they” on Mistral:

 

UKRAINE

 

More lies:

Must read from Lithuania:

 

CRIMEA

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Cool:

Tragic:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

More spies:

And walls:

More corporate togetherness:

Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

What if there is no more money?

Are more sanctions on the horizon?

Merkel says no:

And a reaction:

The counter-sanctions are staying:

 

ENERGY

 

“Gazprom is good for the world”

Brent keeps sliding:

Poor Sechin just can’t get a break:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Another poll:

Okay then:

If anybody knows what is happening in Moscow, they’re not saying:

Sad history:

Putin loves nature and the outdoors:

Must read:

 

UKRAINE

 

More wolves:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Food for thought:

Someone else watched Sputnik, so you didn’t have to:

 

CRIMEA

 

What is it?

NATO’s Breedlove thinks nuclear material:

I’ve been saying this for months:

 

GEORGIA

 

Another take on Alasania’s “ouster”:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Another caption contest:

Notes

ECONOMY

 

Sure…

Hope this works out for Sechin:

But somebody is still opposed:

And more bad news from Russia’s Central Bank:

Despite reports to the contrary:

Gazprom’s deal with China is still dead in the water:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Money talks?

Still waiting to hear what this is:

Meanwhile:

 

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

“Not injured”:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Weird:

More spying scandals:

Welcome to the Cold War redux:

 

UKRAINE

 

Shocking:

Japan is still desperately trying to make this go away:

So is Germany:

Meanwhile:

The invasion continues:

 

 

CRIMEA

 

Sevastopol is out of water for the first time in years:

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Pankisi, of course:

You have got to be kidding me:

Issuing a dare:

And more bad news:

And more:

5 nights a week of this:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Blast from the past:

Caption Contest:

Caption Contest 2:

LOL?