Posts Tagged ‘inflation’

  1. Are the counter-sanctions working?


    April 19, 2016 by AK

    You bet. Not quite the way there were officially supposed to, but very much the way they were predicted to work. I’m talking about the import bans that Russia imposed in August 2014 on food produced in the EU? As Putin put it, To a certain degree, the growth of prices for food is, to …
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  2. The Sylvester salad index


    December 25, 2015 by AK

    The Russian Orthodox church is a Julian-calendar holdout, and the big winter holiday in Russia is still the New Year rather than Christmas. Less than a week to go until the feast of sweet champagne, salami and salad. One particularly popular variety of New Year salad is known as Olivier (Lucien, not Laurence) although it probably …
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  3. Bomb Voronezh in response: a sequel


    August 7, 2014 by AK

    In December 2012, the Russian parliament reacted to the US Magnitsky bill by outlawing the adoption of Russian orphans by Americans. Let the disabled kids pay, said the Russian MPs and voted for “Herod’s law“. As some Russians joked bitterly then, if NATO were to hit Syria, Putin would bomb Voronezh in response. This time, …
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