COMMENT: How bad can it get if US imposes sanctions on Russian debt?

Maximilian Hess head of political risk at Hawthorn Advisors in London March 26, 2021

Sovereign debt sanctions targeting Russia's ability to issue foreign currency debts are once again in the news, with the Biden administration and Boris Johnson’s UK government both said to be considering the move.

OPINION: Erdogan – how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Julian Rimmer in London March 26, 2021

Julian Rimmer mulls over the management style of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and why Turkey always seems to be in crisis.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Germany remains conflicted over Nord Stream 2

FPRI BMB Ukraine March 25, 2021

During the 4th German-Ukrainian Business Forum, Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasised Ukraine and Germany’s long-standing partnership, but she remained committed to the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Protesters trash Bankova’s façade in Sternenko demonstrations

FPRI BMB Ukraine March 25, 2021

On Saturday, March 20, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the President’s Office in Kyiv, demanding the immediate release of Serhiy Sternenko, a controversial Odesa activist who was sentenced to seven years in prison last month.

COMMENT: How the USSR’s collapse is remembered in Russia today

James C Pearce in Moscow March 24, 2021

Thirty years on and the jury is not out on this question. When it comes to the Soviet collapse, Russians increasingly regret this momentous event.

COMMENT: Navalny was box office for a fortnight but a decade of obscurity beckons

Julian Rimmer March 24, 2021

In WH Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ he writes about the banality of suffering, how it “takes place/ While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along”.