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MOSCOW BLOG: Russia in July

July 20, 2021

The good news is that Russia’s economy continues to grow faster than expected. Russia’s Economic Development Ministry has upgraded its growth forecast for this year to 3.8% from 2.8%.

MOSCOW BLOG: Merkel goes to Washington

July 18, 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went on her last foreign trip, to see US President Joe Biden, but on the face of it, it seems that the meeting didn't go as well as planned. Or did it?

MOSCOW BLOG: Biden and Putin meet in Geneva to low expectations but soaring Russian stock market

June 16, 2021

The big day is here and the wires are awash with big takes on Russia. From my perch it's fun to watch, as there is little to report on, so everyone is working their relative narratives and busy “reading” Putin, telling you what he really thinks.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia in May

May 24, 2021

Russia’s economy continued to recover in the first three months of this year. Although January and February posted negative growth, the momentum was clearly already growing on the returning optimism as the coronavirus pandemic recedes.

MOSCOW BLOG: The freedom of the press is under attack in both the east and the west

May 19, 2021

It’s been a bad few months to be a journalist. The world was outraged by the Israeli rocket attack in Gaza that destroyed the building that was home to UAE-backed Al Jazeera and the international news organisation AP.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russian economy starts to turn up but so does inflation

May 4, 2021

Russia’s economy clearly began to emerge from the coronacrisis in March as industrial production went into the black for the first time in almost a year, posting a 1.1% expansion, and inflation started to fall again in the same month.

MOSCOW BLOG: The vaccine wars

April 28, 2021

Uzbekistan has been sent the first 50,000 of half a million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. On the same day Brazil rejected the vaccine, due to US pressure.

MOSCOW BLOG: Strategy vs tactics, Putin’s fiscal fortress is ready

April 25, 2021

Tensions with Russia have soared as this year the Kremlin adopts a new and very hard line with the West. It says it will no longer tolerate any sanctions, as after 13 years in the making Putin’s fiscal fortress is ready to withstand such threats.