Articles by Vladislav Inozemtsev



No Quick Fix for Russian Economy (Op-Ed)

This year got off to a bad start. Oil prices fell to below $30 per barrel and a budget deficit of at least 5 percent seemed inevitable. But now Russia's political elite is breathing a sigh of relief.

A Struggling Ukraine Is Bad News for Russians

As a Muscovite, it seemed to me in 2004 that the events unfolding in Ukraine would determine the future of Russia.

Putin at the UN: Sorting Optimism From Reality (Op-Ed)

President Vladimir Putin's speech before the UN General Assembly this coming Monday has every chance of becoming the main Russian foreign policy event of the year, writes columnist Vladislav Inozemtsev.

Putin Is Waking Up From Chinese Pipe Dream

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is currently in Beijing to attend a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Allied Powers' victory over Japan in World War II.

Russia Is Following the Belarussian Example

Belarus has taken many dubious and even strange steps in recent years that Russia has dutifully emulated like a devoted pupil.

EU Can Win the Battle for Its Eastern Neighbors

The Eastern Partnership summit began in Riga yesterday. It brings together six former Soviet republics that are striving, in various degrees, to cooperate with the European Union.

Russia Should Rethink Victory Day

Russia needs to rethink how it celebrates Victory Day, writes columnist Vladislav Inozemtsev.

Russians Must Say No to Isolation, Yes to Europe

Last spring, after Russia annexed Crimea and began intervening in eastern Ukraine, the United States and the European Union introduced sanctions against Russian individuals and businesses.

Russia Must Stop Glorifying War in Ukraine

The ruble's rapid collapse at the end of 2014 Ч and the resulting rush to buy foreign currency, the mobs of shoppers snatching up consumer goods and the panic on the financial markets Ч somewhat overshadowed the main event of the outgoing political season: the fact that Russia is once again at war.

Putin's Speech Fails to Inspire

The American people can have faith that the system works and that these words will lead to the promised actions. Not so in Russia.

How Europeans Can Punish Putin for MH17

Putin should know that Western civil society will mobilize its resources against his course.

The Ruble's Senseless and Harmful Devaluation

This time will not be another 1998, when the sharp drop in the ruble's value led to growth.

Russia Is on a Road to Nowhere

Russia's reversal away from the West, which started in 2012, is a dead-end manuever because Russia cannot survive without the outside world, writes columnist Vladislav Inozemtsev.

Putin's Ukraine Gambit Isn't Unprecedented

In both instances, the  fears of a small group decided the foreign policy of a world power.

Why Economic Growth Doesn't Matter in Russia

Russia is unique among developed countries in that the rate of economic growth changes neither the behavior of elites nor the population's loyalty to the government, writes Vladislav Inozemtsev.

Russia Pivoted East Centuries Ago

President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to China, made amid worsening relations with the West, has been perceived in the broader context of the search for new political allies and markets for Russian oil and gas.

How to Transform the Far East Into a Gold Mine

Russia's bureaucracy just took another step toward perfection. Now Crimea, the North Caucasus and the Far East federal districts will have their own presidential envoys, ministers and, in all likelihood, deputy prime ministers.

A Subtle Similarity Between Hitler and Putin

Although Putin's domestic policies seem tame compared to Hitler's, his foreign policy could be just as disruptive.

Sanction Crimea, Not the Kremlin

The conflict between Russia and the Western world has created a complicated dilemma.

Yanukovych Is Resisting the Irresistible

Authorities must now prove their legitimacy on a daily basis. Money and force cannot control the political movements of this global era.

The Kremlin's Mega-Bridges to Nowhere

Huge, state-financed infrastructure projects do little to boost the economy. For every ruble the state spends, only 40 kopeks remain in the economy.

Russia Declares New 'Cold War' in Its Far North

If Russia initiates a full-scale drive to develop its far north, it will likely break the economy.

A Smarter Way to Fight Corruption

Instead of the Magnitsky Act, the U.S. should help the Kremlin engage Russian civil society in the battle against corruption.

More Respect for Russia Would Go a Long Way

The measure of wisdom for a great power like the U.S. is its ability to treat large, influential partners like Russia as equals.

How to Improve Special Economic Zones

Special economic zones are a standard method of incorporating the economy of a newly industrialized country into the global economy. But Russia does not need to reinvent the wheel here.

Creating a Two-Party System

The presidential election on March 4 was crucial for Russia, a country that many observers believed was on the brink of a "color revolution." There are three important lessons that can be learned from the election.

In Favor of Simple Solutions To Solve the Euro Crisis

The world is rapidly entering a period of economic turbulence. Governments all over the world that poured billions of dollars, pounds and euros into failing banks and corporations in 2008-09 are these days themselves in trouble.

Revisiting Island of Stability

It might seem that the current economic downturn will be a repeat of 2008. As that crisis was quickly spreading around the world in early 2008, Russian officials claimed that the country was an "island of stability." As a result, they did not believe that the global financial crisis would affect many in Russia. But the current crisis is the exact opposite.

Manufacturing Your Way to Modernization

The past 20 years have seen a rethinking of many assumptions that were considered indisputable in the early 1990s. Francis Fukuyama's "end of history" never came, and democratic regimes did not spread throughout the world. Global disarmament has not become a reality, while there are more military interventions around the world today than ever before.

Shortest Route From China to Russia Is Via EU

Russia's economic development has faced many challenges over the past two decades, but upgrading the country's infrastructure remains one of the most daunting.