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Bankers Beware

This week, in addition to the drama surrounding Yukos and its $7 billion tax bill, Moscow has been in the grip of a banking crisis. Panicking depositors have been cashing out their savings, causing long lines, and threatening the stability of several banks. The main... MORE

Crisis Week For Yukos

The Yukos affair began on July 2, 2003, with the arrest of director Platon Lebedev. Exactly one year later, Russian police marked the anniversary with a dramatic raid on the company's downtown Moscow headquarters. At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday July 3, some 50 police and... MORE

Novaya Gazeta Remembers Yuri Shchekochikhin

Yuri Shchekochikhin, a State Duma deputy and veteran investigative journalist, died under mysterious circumstances one year ago, and Novaya gazeta, the publication where he was a deputy editor, devoted eight articles to him in its July 1 issue. Shchekochikhin fell ill just prior to a... MORE

Business Influence And Russian Foreign Policy

From June 24 to 26, a group of specialists gathered in Zurich at the Center for Security Studies, Swiss Federal Technology Institute, to discuss the role of business in Russian foreign policy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that economic strength is key to preserving... MORE

Yukos Hit With Another Whopping Tax Bill

July 1 was a bad day for Yukos, and perhaps the beginning of the end for the embattled oil company. First, three court bailiffs, accompanied by five guards in camouflage uniforms, arrived at the company's Moscow headquarters to inform Yukos that it had five days... MORE

Russia At The Nato Summit: Cooperative Rhetoric, Zero-sum Practice

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned down NATO's invitation to attend the alliance's recent Istanbul summit. A series of insistent, public entreaties proved counterproductive, tempting the Kremlin to ask a high political price for Putin's attendance. He wanted NATO to call for ratification of the 1999-adapted... MORE

Lavrov Rules Out Helping Iraq Establish An Army

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Interfax news agency on June 29 that Russia "does not have any intention of helping Iraq set up its army." Lavrov was speaking in Istanbul following the NATO-Russia Council meeting that took place on the sidelines of the NATO... MORE