Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Russian capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2021
Five years ago I wrote an op-ed calling for a new pan-European security treaty. The piece opened with these words: “We are in the middle of the worst political crisis since the end of the Cold War and there is a very real possibility of war."