Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you! Britain, Russia and the Lugovoi Affair

As I forecast in recent columns, Moscow would likely find the West ranged against it in the event of major bilateral problems with individual countries – and it is indeed now encountering greater problems than it bargained for in its dealings with the outside world. Russia seemed genuinely surprised that…

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Energizing Central Asia: Caspian Partnerships Will Pay Off

The Caspian Basin’s large oil and gas reserves have not only been long coveted by the United States, Europe, China and India, but are also seen as the means by which the region can be lifted out of poverty. At the same time, the desire for influence in the Trans-Caucasus…

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Russia’s Economy – never had it so good?

MOSCOW. (Ian Pryde for RIA Novosti) – Much attention this week was focused on the visits to Moscow by the German and US foreign ministers and the Russia-EU summit in Samara. The arrival of an IMF delegation and changes in Russia’s budget process went largely unnoticed, and yet they shed…

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