In an informal street poll following Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks to the German Bild magazine that economic recovery is on the way, Muscovites said, variously, that a recovery was "doubtful for now," that the country was "in a swamp and getting in deeper," and while improvement wasn't evident, Putin must know what he's doing. (Russian Service)
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on January 11 to discuss the potential sale of a Russian surface-to-air missile system.
Instead of canvas, Odesa artist Kyrylo Bondarenko paints on bills of different currencies to illustrate his view that money has outlived its purpose and should be given up. (Ukrainian Service)
The price of oil plunged to a 12-year low over Russia's New Year and Orthodox Christmas holiday season. How low can it go?
Dmitry Patrushev, the son of President Vladimir Putin's powerful national security adviser, has been proclaimed "Banker of the Year."
In a “most-read” interview on RFE/RL’s Russian language website, prominent mathematician and blogger Mikhail Verbitsky, a founder of the alternative Live Journal social network, said that he’s modified his earlier predictions and now believes Russia is heading toward a Chinese model of total Internet censorship. (In Russian)
A Kremlin official has proposed creating volunteer brigades of elderly men and women -- “pensioner patrols” -- to keep an eye on troubled families and report on health and safety violations.
Russian officials are hinting at possible prosecutions for the bare-legged stunt -- if only they can determine what, if any, laws were broken.
In an interview with RFE/RL, Soviet liberal politician and veteran Ukrainian diplomat Yuri Scherbak said that among other things, Russia will have to face the difficult reality of no longer being able to rely on its energy resources as a weapon. (In Russian)
Economists say the share of Russian products banned by Ukraine is low, and they can be easily substituted with imports or local alternatives. (In Ukrainian)
Azeri economist Natig Jafarli says that Azerbaijan has hard-currency reserves for the short-term, but faces significant debt obligations that will require international financing. (In Russian)
Georgia’s energy minister reportedly met with Gazprom officials to discuss the supply of Russian gas to Georgia.(In Russian)