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The 1998 Russian Ruble Collapse

  In 1998, the ruble lost 27 percent on August 17. Reaching a 16-year low, the ruble fell to 80 against the USD. By the time of publication, it had recovered to 62.7, compared to 32.9 at the beginning of … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe Russia War Scenarios

Three Scenarios worth discussion. The people of Kharkiv strongly resisted the separatist scenario in 2014-2015. Demonstrations for Ukraine were consistently well-attended, despite the obvious threat of violence. A university city, the fragmented nature of Kharkiv is quite distinct from the … Continue reading

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About that St. Petersburg bombing

The death toll in a suicide attack in St. Petersburg rose to 16 The explosion in the underground of St. Petersburg took place on April 3 on the stretch between the stations “Sennaya” and “Institute of Technology”. Suicide bomber Akbarzhon … Continue reading

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Syria and Chemical Weapons

Two chemical weapon attacks by Syria March 24 March 30 prior to April 4 attack. _ Rex Tillerson The White House and the UK blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan … Continue reading

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“Transnistrian scenario” in Donbas

Chronologically, Russia’s 1992 aggression against Moldova in Transnistria became the “mother of frozen conflicts,” initiated and then frozen (or heated up again as needed) by post-Soviet Russia. In many ways, the Transnistria conflict presaged the methodology of Russia’s conflict undertakings … Continue reading

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Adam Khan on Putin Trump Assange

These are cut and pastes from his twitter accounts. Much thought went into this. 1. Some more color, background to my theory that blackmail is how Assange went from “darling of the left” to Putin apologist 2. Putin routinely uses … Continue reading

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Price of exported Russia natural gas is now at 30% of 2011 level

The Russian economy has been crippled by the falling price of natural gas. The global gas glut and low prices themselves are expanding the natural gas market by making use more attractive vs oil. Gazprom has long been the dominant … Continue reading

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