Posts Tagged ‘ Dmitry Medvedev ’

Russian Ruble In Trouble As Putin Says Ukraine Approaching ‘Civil War’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Kenneth Rapoza Russia might be its own worst enemy at this point. The government’s continued involvement in the ongoing Ukraine political crisis is hurting the economy, and pushing the currency back to its March 15 low of 36.58. On Tuesday, the currency settled at 36.20 to the dollar as violent protests continue in the city…

The Limits of Soft Power

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Michael Cecire | April 1, 2014 The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already punctured much of the prevailing foreign-policy thinking that had become pro forma in Washington and Europe. In particular, the notion that Western unilateral disarmament can somehow be balanced or compensated for with less tangible forms of influence—soft power—has much to answer for…

Ukraine’s oligarchs could have final say in political crisis

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Some billionaires are wary of a Putin-style crackdown Daniel McLaughlin Ukraine’s crisis may not be resolved on the streets of Kiev, or in the headquarters of the government or president, but in the lavish offices and villas of billionaire oligarchs whose wealth affords them huge political power. Whereas Russian president Vladimir Putin has forced tycoons…