Darya Korsunskaya
Andrei Belousov has been described as a tough-talking and professional government insider who once led a campaign to wring more money out of big business for the state, proving he had sharp enough elbows to navigate the system.
May 14, 2024
Surprise pick as Russia’s defense minister is tough-talking economist and Putin ally
Andrei Belousov's appointment as defense chief suggests to many that President Vladimir Putin is reshaping Russia for a long war in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with servicemen taking part in Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
Russia allots a third of 2024 spending to defense amid Ukraine war
Russia also plans to ramp up state borrowing to help fund its invasion and is counting on a recovery in oil and gas revenues to pre-invasion levels.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2023
As Russia teetered, the elite trembled, and some private jets left
Fear triumphed over loyalty among some of Russia's elite as the Wagner mercenary group marched toward Moscow, and now some worry of becoming a target of Vladimir Putin's wrath.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2023
Russia may hike taxes as military spending and oil price weigh on budget
Russia is becoming too dependent on oil revenues to support its budget as it ramps up military spending, economists said, warning that the government may have to raise taxes.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2021
Putin approves weeklong Russian workplace shutdown as COVID-19 surges
Russia began a revaccination campaign in July, one of the first countries to do so, but Putin has yet to receive a booster shot.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2021
'New normal': Kremlin says tough approach to Alexei Navalny allies here to stay
The Kremlin and its loyalists have said they will maintain and in some cases intensify their tough approach to internal and external critics they view as a threat to Russia's stability.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 27, 2014
Falling oil prices pushing Russia toward recession
Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent ruble crisis.


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