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Lord Waverley: The EAEU is an Alternative to the EU — But Will It Last?

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) spreads across Eastern Europe and Central and Northern Asia, covering some 20 million square kilometres and represent-ing 180 million people. But with concern about uniting principles — aside from removal of trade barriers — there

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Big Egos, Poker Faces, and Deep Pockets Meet to Address Oil Glut

President Vladimir Putin of Russia has a poker face and knows how to use it. A real-life display of his diplomacy-on-ice takes place today as OPEC oil and energy ministers meet online to discuss ways to avoid a further collapse

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Smoke and Mirrors Line the Fringes of the Pandemic

Luigi di Maio owes his rapid ascendancy in Italian politics to an almost virulent display of Euroscepticism. It propelled the former drinks vendor at the Naples San Paolo football stadium to a top spot in his country’s notoriously vicious political

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Ksenia Sobchak: Stooge or Promise?

She never had any real chance of winning the Russian presidency and in the end only managed to obtain 1.53% of the vote – at least according to the official tally. Ksenia Sobchak did, however, manage to put issues on

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Alexei Navalny: Unwilling to Play Along

He is the man Vladimir Putin is said to fear the most. Alexei Navalny (41), a lawyer by trade and an activist by choice, wants to unseat and replace the Russian president. However, a five-year suspended sentence for embezzlement, squashed

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CFI.co Meets the CEO of Touch Bank: Andrei Kozliar

As CEO of Touch Bank, Andrei Kozliar serves as a chief strategist and visionary-in-residence of Russia’s digital-only retail bank established to meet growing customer demand for simple, honest, and instant banking. Mr Kozliar is a seasoned banker with over seventeen

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G20: Challenges in Shaping an Interconnected World

Expertly ducking a potentially traumatic Trump (hand)shake by shooting past the US president to his wife Melania, Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda perhaps unwittingly set the tone for the annual G20 summit – showing Mr Trump his place in the

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Billionaires’ Toys: There Is No Point other than Bigger is Better

Turn the clock back a few centuries, and all a man had to do to show off his wealth was to build a massive castle and throw the odd pageant or two on its ground to entertain visiting royalty. Sadly,

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BRIC-à-Brac: Requiem for a Wishful Thought

In the end, it may have been nothing more than a flash in the pan. Unable to fulfil the promise of a new world order, the BRICS countries have largely ceased to be of note. With sputtering economies and political

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Alisher Usmanov: A Likeable Oligarch

Billionaire Alisher Usmanov is a Russian oligarch with a twist. Mostly known for his thirty percent stake in Arsenal FC, Mr Usmanov is also famous for the in-your-face style with which he habitually displays his vast personal wealth. Flying about

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