Category Archives: economics

Behold! The New Russian Smartphone

Medvedev: “I can’t even tell where to press.” Chemezov: “It is still a prototype.” Medvedev: “But this is entirely our product, which will be produced in our factories?” Chemezov: “For now, unfortunately, we will only be able to make it … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Russia? – Intro

A lot of ink is spilled over this question in Western – especially American and British – media outlets and think tanks.  The meme is so pervasive that it is nearly impossible to discuss Russia without at least one reference … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Economy, Cold War, crisis, democracy, Economic development, economics, elections, foreign investment, media, oil, rankings, reform, rule of law, russia, Russian economy | 3 Comments

Review: OECD Russia Economic Survey 2009

I really couldn’t wait for this publication to be released, and I’ve been checking the OECD site every day to see if they accidentally posted it before the scheduled July 15 release. The OECD’s conclusions and recommendations in such reports … Continue reading

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Russia’s Economic Crisis – Oil Revenues and International Reserves (or Where Did All the $$$ Go?)

In my first post, I wrote that Russia’s economic troubles were largely the product of short-term factors, specifically the excessive reliance on foreign bank loans by major Russian enterprises and the sudden collapse in the price of oil. These problems … Continue reading

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Russia’s Economic Crisis – Gontmakher’s Specter Descends on Ohio

I wanted to write my second post about the krizis, this time comparing the long-term, structural problems facing Russia and the U.S. But the Russkii krizis-watch in our media has hit such a feverish pitch, I couldn’t avoid the subject, … Continue reading

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