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Putin is a brute. But is he bad for business?

Vladimir Putin has resumed his occupancy of the Kremlin with two signals: He will again be tough with critics in the street. And he intends ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap — May 4, 2012

On the shale gas patch, the twain decidedly do not meet: Shale gas drillers, on the receiving end of two years of withering attacks by ...

The Oil and the Glory

What worries Putin more — re-election, or fracking?

Vladimir Putin now has something in common with Barack Obama -- approval ratings in the fortieth percentile. So he and his machine are figuring out ...

The Oil and the Glory

What Russians told Putin about his oil-powered sense of entitlement

Until September, Russia was ruled in a careful choreography: President Dmitry Medvedev was the face on a tough but reformist agenda that included the construction ...

The Oil and the Glory

Don’t count Putin out quite yet

Russia's Vladimir Putin and his associates sought political victory in the usual ways -- barring election opponents from running; flooding the airwaves with favorable "news"; ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap: Nov. 25, 2011

A question of power in Saudi Arabia: The al-Saud family of Riyadh has two principal tasks -- securing its rule, and guaranteeing the smooth, long-term ...

The Oil and the Glory

Winners of the Kremlin Contest

Vladimir Putin's decision to crown himself king anew has not gone as planned. Most recently, Russia's strongman leader has found himself for the first time ...

The Oil and the Glory

Putin’s gamble: a bet on high oil prices

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim the Kremlin is a bet on high oil prices. The weekend announcement has rattled markets a bit, ...

The Oil and the Glory

Did Putin really think his decision through?

Professional autocrats have practical reasons for playing their cards close to the chest: Neither friends nor enemies can confidently strategize against you; your vital aura ...

The Oil and the Glory

Putin and the Kremlin Contest

Vladimir Putin's announcement today that he is returning to the Russian presidency is risky -- as Russia continues its roller-coaster economic ride over the next ...

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