Too often development policies in Russia are geared towards its mega cities and border areas — all at the expense of smaller towns and rural areas. As wealth inequalities spiral out of control, that has to change.
An ambitious round of social welfare spending and greater worker protections are the Kremlin’s only refuge from voter dismay. Nikolay Nekrasov’s famous epic poem — ‘Who can be happy and free in Russia’ — first came to light almost a hundred and fifty years ago. It would certainly be harder […]
Russia’s regional governments owe vast sums to commercial banks and the federal government in Moscow. Those debts are spiralling out of control and need repaying. But where will those repayments come from?