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

 

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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:

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?

Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Legal loophole:

Sure…

Poor Gazprom?

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

This is not good:

And a few more details:

Unfortunate:

And more so:

Haha:

 

UKRAINE

 

Old but good:

Yes:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

German Poll:

Interesting analysis:

 

CRIMEA

 

Wolves?

 

GEORGIA

 

Ugh:

Why?

This:

And a video:

LOL?

Javakheti:

Would you?

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Naturally:

Another video (but this time I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry):

Eggs (with dill):