To get Oliver Bullough’s Weekly Oligarchy delivered straight to your inbox register here EXTREME RUSSIANS An interesting phenomenon in recent years has been the growth of expert billionaire observers – consulting firms that scrutinize the Ultra-High-Net-Worth population, much like naturalists observing wildebeest migration. They haven’t yet gotten to the pointRead More →

VLADIVOSTOK, September 1. / TASS /. The population of Russia, by some estimates, could now reach 500 million people, without the country’s two disintegrations in the 20th century, President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with students from the Russian Children’s Center “Ocean” . Putin pointed out that in theRead More →

World War I saw empires collapse, and among these was the Russian empire of Tsar Nicholas II. When Nicholas declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary in July 1914, he was the absolute ruler of a kingdom of nearly 150 million people stretching from central Europe to the Pacific and theRead More →

President Vladimir Putin openly admits that economic sanctions “seriously harm Russia”. Imposed largely in response to the Kremlin’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western sanctions have since become a mainstay of Russian foreign policy, perhaps even motivating the Kremlin’s interference in it. 2016 US presidential election on behalf ofRead More →