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Anders Aslund

Anders Aslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. His latest book, co-authored by Simeon Djankov, is “Europe’s Growth Challenge.”

Twitter: @anders_aslund

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The West has its eye on Vladimir Putin’s weak spot

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority is weaker than it seems. In fact, the bedrock of Putin’s power — the economic arrangements that he has consolidated over the past generation — has become the main threat to his political survival.

August 22, 2017

The nationalization of Russia’s elites

Under President Vladimir Putin, cronyism has replaced Russia’s once-burgeoning capitalism. If Putin lives by any motto, it is this: “To my friends, anything; for my enemies, the law.”

July 06, 2017

Russia’s neo-feudal capitalism

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is looking more and more like the sclerotic and stagnant Soviet Union of the Leonid Brezhnev era. But in one area, Putin’s regime remains an innovator: Corruption. Indeed, in this, the 18th year of Putin’s rule, a new form of crony capitalism has been taking hold.

April 28, 2017

How Russia stays afloat

The long-term sustainability of Russia’s economy is an open question. Cronyism is rife, and Russia’s heavy dependence on oil revenues means that it will suffer whenever oil prices are low.
November 29, 2016

Putin’s new prudence

This year, the Russian economy is the G-20’s worst performer, contracting by 3.8 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast.

December 13, 2015

What the West owes Ukraine

Ukraine may not be grabbing as many headlines now as it did a year ago, but the crisis there is far from over. The latest cease-fire agreement, concluded in Minsk in February, has contained, but not stopped, Russian military aggression.

April 20, 2015

In a state of denial

As 2014 came to a close, an enormous financial crisis erupted in Russia. World oil prices had fallen by almost half since mid-June, and the ruble plummeted in December, finishing the year down by a similar margin.

January 10, 2015