The FPRI Bear Market Brief, generously backed by the FPRI Eurasia Program, brings you news about Russia’s economy, politics, business climate, and political risk environment. It features a daily news brief (sign up here!) and blog, the latter of which you are presently reading. Opinions presented on the site are contributors’ only and are not those of FPRI.

The Team

Aaron Schwartzbaum is the founder and editor and chief of Bear Market Brief. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Political Economy and International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC. Previously, he was a researcher with Eurasia Group’s Eurasia and global macro practices, and has experience in investment banking. He has lived in Saint Petersburg for a year and a half, where he completed the Overseas Language Flagship program. He focuses on Russia’s economy, fiscal policy, domestic politics, and the defense industry.

Nick Trickett is a blog contributor. He currently is yet another Eurasianist between jobs and is a contributor for Global Risk Insights and writes for outlets like The Diplomat and Oilprice.com. He has experience working on the Hill as well as for the Hudson Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Center for Strategic and International Studies. He holds an MA in Eurasian studies through the European University at St. Petersburg. He focuses on energy security, economic foreign policy, Russia within China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and political economy in the post-Soviet space.

Marita Petherbridge is the blog’s editor. She studies international relations and Russian language at the Australian National University. Her academic interests include critical approaches to security, information and media in international affairs, and Western perceptions of the post-Soviet space. Marita has written about Ukrainian politics for The Foreign Brief.