Posts Tagged ‘sanctions’

  1. It makes no sense, but will it work?

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    July 28, 2017 by AK

    Here’s my superficial reading of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” Apart from relatively minor tightenings of the screws (which might nonetheless hurt a good deal), there are three major innovations, as far as I can see: (a) The bill removes the president’s discretion, making some of the sanctions mandatory (with only a national …
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  2. Are the counter-sanctions working?

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    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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  3. “Reports of harassment and fear”

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    Predictably, Russian authorities are working hard to make life intolerable for Turkish citizens living in Russia: …there were reports of harassment and fear in the Turkish student community. In the city of Saratov, police arrived at a student dormitory on Saturday and searched the rooms of about 20 students with sniffer dogs, selecting them specifically by …
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  4. Any good to come out of this?

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    November 27, 2015 by AK

    The Russian government seems to be overreacting to the Su–24 crisis, threatening wide-scale economic sanctions against Turkey that are certain to hurt Russian consumers. (Bombing Voronezh in response, again.) Is this Putin taking personal offense – an ego contest between the two authoritarians, Putin and Erdogan? Putin has complained that Ankara did not contact him first …
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  5. Gangsters and…

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    August 22, 2014 by AK

    Gazeta Wyborcza quotes Latvian politician Artis Pabriks speaking at a conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Chain: [Russia] has responded to the EU sanctions so as to damage small countries. The majority in our countries is in solidarity with the fight for Ukrainian liberty. However, people are not ready to make sacrifices. …
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  6. Import bans: Russia’s new macro policy?

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    August 7, 2014 by AK

    Some smart people have suggested to me that the EU/US foods import ban is a crude way to increase the current account surplus, providing extra euros and US dollars for Russian corporates to service and repay their short-term debt. The government may expect some of the import gap to be closed by domestic producers and …
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  7. Bomb Voronezh in response: a sequel

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    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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