Weekly Wrap-Up: Country of Contradictions

Страна противоречий – a country of contradictions. Ask somebody who has lived in Russia their impression of the place, and you may notice their answers do not necessarily agree with one another. I for one find myself nostalgic for some pretty decidedly unpleasant episodes there. But this goes for natives, too: the country has existed to varying degrees over the past three centuries both inside … Continue reading Weekly Wrap-Up: Country of Contradictions

Weekly Wrap-Up: It’s Not About Navalny

The weekly wrap-up is included in the Bear Market Brief each Friday. This week, I covered recent happenings concerning opposition activist Alexei Navalny. It’s about Navalny, but it’s also not. Opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been in the news again: he was was sentenced this week on obviously trumped up charges, thereby rendering him ineligible to run for president, though he claims he will do so anyway. This is … Continue reading Weekly Wrap-Up: It’s Not About Navalny