Over de Russische economie: Remember Russia? It’s still doomed.
Over Poetins nieuwe coterie: The Chilly Fallout Between Putin and His Oligarch Pals:
Vladimir Putin isn’t just angering leaders from Berlin to Washington. He’s irking some of his richest friends, too, by snubbing their pleas to end the conflict in Ukraine and ostracizing all but a handful of hardliners. […]
Businessmen who have long been close to Putin are “on the periphery now,” said Sergei Markov, a political consultant who helped monitor the referendum in Crimea that led to Russia’s annexation of the peninsula in March.
The core group around Putin is led by Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service chief Mikhail Fradkov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to Markov.
Deze ontwikkeling voedt speculaties dat de recente escalatie van de gevechten in Oekraïne te wijten is aan de veranderingen in Poetins inner circle.