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Western sanctions and Russian oligarchs

Are Western sanctions on Russia working? Their effects on the economy as a whole, and on specific sectors, are much scrutinised. By contrast, their impact on Russia’s economic elite remains little studied. Yet this could prove highly significant, for two reasons. First, many elites are heavily dependent on access to Western economic and legal systems. Second, they are well placed to protect their interests. Elites have stronger intrinsic motivation and ability to minimise sanctions’ effects than the wider population.

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Unexplained Wealth Orders – a promising start, says Euan Grant

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Demolishing the Kremlin’s absurd theories about Novichok and Porton Down The Integrity Initiative Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:01
Ever since a Russian defector and his daughter turned up ill in Salisbury in March of this year, the UK’s chemical defence laboratory at nearby Porton Down has figured in various conspiracy theories and “alternative narratives”.
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“Britain’s been attacking Russia for 400 Years!”: Russian Disinformation Plumbs new Depths in the Skripal Case

“Disinformation” – the act of deliberately putting out false information to distract people from the truth – is a Russian concept. The word itself is one of the few examples of a Russian word which has come into the English language, and should not be confused with “misinformation”, which is incorrect information passed on in the belief that it is true.
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Sergei Skripal case: Why we should boycott the World Cup

Sergei Skripal Sanctions: Why Neither the England Team nor England Fans Should Go To the World Cup in Russia The UK Government has announced that no members of the Royal Family will attend this summer’s football World Cup in Russia. There is a strong case for saying that neither the England team should take part in the Competition, nor for English fans go to Russia to watch the Tournament.
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Russian Lies and the Skripal Case

Even before the full details of the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, are known, there is much speculation that the Russian state – and particularly, President Vladimir Putin – may be responsible
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