By: Jennifer Sor
Apr 12, 2023
Estimates outside of those offered by Russian officials suggest the country's economy has been battered over the past year. By some accounts, Russia's energy revenue has tanked amid the EU's Russian oil ban and $60 price cap, and other major sectors of its economy have plunged 60%-95%, Sonnenfeld and Tian estimate. Other experts also have a poor outlook for Russia's economy, largely due to the nation's isolation from global markets and its de-investment in technology. The nation could become a failed state by the end of the decade, according to one think-tank. The World Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs all expect Russia's economy to contract this year.
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 20 Issue: 29,
By: Paul Goble
February 16, 2023
The Council of United Circassia represents the latest Circassian entrant in this back-and-forth struggle (United-circassia.org, January 30). In addition to the traditional tasks of Circassian groups, such as advocating for international recognition of the 1864 expulsion as a genocide and support for the restoration of a Circassian state, this new group is explicitly committed to countering Moscow. In its founding message, the council declares that Circassians must not be deceived by the pro-Moscow arguments regarding Ukraine made by Circassian groups under Russian control. They should instead refuse to fight in yet another Russian colonial war and risk becoming part of the mounting list of Circassians who have died over the past year.
New Lines magazine
By: Kareem Shaheen
March 11, 2022
I recalled the images from that day in my mind when I woke up to news on Thursday of Russia bombing a children and maternity hospital in Ukraine’s Mariupol on Wednesday. Three people, including a child, 6, were reportedly killed in the attack and over a dozen were wounded. We have of course continued to cover Ukraine at New Lines, bringing you exclusive features and reportage from the ground (you can find all the latest stories here). This particular war crime struck a nerve, though. The outrage over this cruelty is justified, but the surprise and shock is not. Russia has been bombing hospitals for over six years in Syria, and the Mariupol bombing is a grim reminder of this legacy of impunity, coming just a few days before the 11th anniversary of the Syrian uprising.