Tag: Russia

Russia Cries Dyadya (Uncle), Is Saudi Arabia Listening?

Russia Cries Dyadya (Uncle), Is Saudi Arabia Listening?

In recent days, signs of a possible breakthrough in the year-long stand-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia on crude production strategy have emerged. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s dominant member, has long insisted OPEC (read Saudi Arabia) would not reduce output to […]

Tajikistan: Poverty Fears Rise As Economy Slides

Tajikistan: Poverty Fears Rise As Economy Slides

Tajikistan: Poverty Fears Rise As Economy Slides Prices for basic goods are creeping up in Tajikistan, and Russia’s economic woes are forcing Tajik labor migrants to return home. That spells trouble for hundreds of thousands of Tajiks who are struggling […]

As Consumer Debt Rises in Russia, Collectors Get Violent

As Consumer Debt Rises in Russia, Collectors Get Violent

As Consumer Debt Rises in Russia, Collectors Get Violent A EurasiaNet Partner Post from: RFE/RL MOSCOW — Sergei has watched in horror as Russian television has been flooded with harrowing stories about vicious debt collectors terrorizing households with threats and […]

Putin is the New Brezhnev

Putin is the New Brezhnev

Putin is the New Brezhnev Some Russian writers and independent journalists assert that incumbent Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin is doing an excellent imitation of long-dead Soviet party boss Leonid Brezhnev, who presided over the country’s steady decline during a period […]

Regional Tensions Fracturing Russia’s Alliances

Regional Tensions Fracturing Russia’s Alliances

Russia’s post-Soviet security alliance is showing more and more signs of fracturing along regional, cultural, and political fault lines, as Armenia criticizes other members for not taking its side against Azerbaijan. Armenia is probably the most loyal member of the […]

Is Russia in for a Hard Fall?

Is Russia in for a Hard Fall?

Russia is reeling under the double attack of Western sanctions and low oil prices hurting its revenues. Its currency has been devalued. Unemployment is rising. Inflation is running high. Wages are falling, benefits are being cut and pensions are getting […]