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Section: The Economist (The United Kingdom)

    Aleksei Navalny brings Russia’s opposition back to life
    Mar30

    Aleksei Navalny brings Russia’s opposition back to life

    NOBODY inside or outside Russia saw it coming. The government seemed to have established complete control over politics, marginalising the opposition with nationalist adventures in Ukraine and Syria. Vladimir Putin’s approval rating had stabilised at more than 80%. After Donald Trump’s victory in America, the Kremlin had proclaimed...

    Dutch voters’ anger is fuelling populism
    Mar09

    Dutch voters’ anger is fuelling populism

    GEENPEIL (“no poll”) is a new Dutch political party that has the unusual distinction of having no programme. Instead it promises to ask its members how to vote on every bill, via an online interface. Its founder, Bart Nijman, thinks this will help solve the biggest problem in Dutch politics: the sense many citizens have that they are ruled by an...

    How Moldova escaped the effects of a giant banking crisis
    Feb16

    How Moldova escaped the effects of a giant banking crisis

    At least the wine is safe MOLDOVA is a country of ignominious records. It is by far Europe’s poorest place. Among countries that bother to count foreign tourists, only Tuvalu welcomes fewer. To these dubious achievements, this little Romanian-speaking former Soviet republic added a new one in 2014. A leaked report revealed that up to $1bn,...

    Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it
    Feb16

    Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it

    AT ISTANBUL’S naval museum, around the corner from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s residence, reminders of one of Europe’s biggest geopolitical rivalries are everywhere. A bust commemorates Hasan Pasha of Algiers, a commander in a battle in which the Russian fleet burned the Ottoman one to a crisp. The remnants of the...

    Ukraine’s leaders may be giving up on reuniting the country
    Feb09

    Ukraine’s leaders may be giving up on reuniting the country

    Square peace agreement, round war FROM her roadside stall in eastern Ukraine, Svetlana Tsymbal watches the cars creep past the Mayorsk checkpoint. This used to be a peaceful provincial highway. Now it is a border crossing at the front line of a conflict that has left some 10,000 people dead. Parents return home “to the other side” after visiting...

    As America and Russia talk, Ukraine fights
    Feb02

    As America and Russia talk, Ukraine fights

    Tanks for calling THE timing was ominous. A day after the first, seemingly cordial telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the residents of Avdiivka, a small town on the Ukrainian side of the conflict line with Russian-backed separatists, heard the echoes of heavy artillery fire. The conflict that Russia started in Ukraine...

    Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, is powerful as never before
    Dec15

    Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, is powerful as never before

    Burning bright “HELLO, you’ve called Rosneft,” goes a joke making the rounds in Moscow. “If you have an oil asset and you don’t plan to sell, press the hash key.” The Russian word for hash key, reshetka, also means “bars”, as in jail—where those who cross Rosneft’s head, Igor Sechin, tend to land. Mr Sechin is one of the most...

    Estonia counts on NATO, but worries about Donald Trump
    Nov24

    Estonia counts on NATO, but worries about Donald Trump

    Airiin, get your gun THE morning after celebrating her husband’s birthday earlier this month, Barbel Salumae rose at 6am, donned fatigues, and made for a compound outside Tallinn to practice her marksmanship. “I tell my children it’s my hobby,” says Ms Salumae, a member of Estonia’s volunteer Kaitseliit, or Defence League (EDL)....

    A tale of two Vladimirs
    Nov03

    A tale of two Vladimirs

    Vlad the Great, hint-hint VLADIMIR PUTIN has a new neighbor: a 16-metre-tall bronze monument to Vladimir the Great, a tenth-century Slav prince. The statue stands just outside the Kremlin’s red walls. “In Soviet times it would have been Lenin,” says the sculptor, Salavat Shcherbakov. The monument’s backers claim it commemorates the...

    Front man
    Oct20

    Front man

    Unacknowledged legislator THE crowds in Mariupol, a factory town on the front line in eastern Ukraine, began lining up at six in the morning. It was late spring, and the rock group Okean Elzy were playing. “You might only see them once in your life,” said a young boy in line. Some 30,000 people turned out to see the band and its front man,...

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