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Section: The Economist (The United Kingdom)

      The woes of vintners in occupied Crimea
      May16

      The woes of vintners in occupied Crimea

      VINES LINE the hills south of Sevastopol. Oleg Repin, a local vintner, surveys the land and recalls his days harvesting grapes as a schoolboy. “Living here, sooner or later you come in touch with wine,” he says. One of a handful of boutique Crimean winemakers hoping to revive fine wine on the peninsula, his brand, launched in 2010, now produces a...

      Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe is dawning
      Apr11

      Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe is dawning

      EUROPE’S POST-COLD-WAR history can be conveniently divided into three decade-long phases. The first, from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the introduction of the euro in 1999, was marked by institutional expansion. The period from 1999 to 2009 was one of geographical expansion as the union took in 12 new members. But since 2009...

      A TV comedian wins the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election
      Apr04

      A TV comedian wins the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election

      FEW COUNTRIES are as disposed to spectacle and phantasmagoria as Ukraine, the birthplace of Mikhail Bulgakov and Nikolai Gogol. Their shadows, surely, enveloped springtime Kiev on March 31st as a comedian who plays the president in a popular TV show “Servant of the People” emerged as the likely next president of Ukraine. Ukrainian politics have...

      Ukraine heads for the polls, with a comedian leading
      Mar28

      Ukraine heads for the polls, with a comedian leading

      THE MOST encouraging thing about Ukraine’s presidential election is that nobody knows who is going to win. In that sense, democracy in Ukraine is healthy—certainly more so than in its post-Soviet neighbours Russia and Belarus. The latest polls show Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian-cum-candidate, leading, with the support of some 30% of the...

      A comedian could be Ukraine’s next president
      Mar14

      A comedian could be Ukraine’s next president

      A MEMORIAL COMPLEX featuring photographs of brave protesters fills Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan. Displays reproduce Ukrainians’ Facebook posts from key moments during the movement that overthrew the former president, Viktor Yanukovych, five years ago. “I stopped counting covered bodies,” reads one, recalling the day when...

      The arrest of Michael Calvey in Russia rattles foreign businesses
      Feb21

      The arrest of Michael Calvey in Russia rattles foreign businesses

      ONE OF MODERN Russia’s oldest and largest investment funds, Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP) was launched in 1994. It has raised $3.7bn in capital, investing $2.8bn into 80 companies across the former Soviet Union, including some of Russia’s leading firms, such as its tech star, Yandex. Vedomosti, Russia’s top business...

      Shrinking the Black Sea
      Feb14

      Shrinking the Black Sea

      IT IS OFF-SEASON in Anaklia. The snack stands on the Black Sea promenade are shut, the hotels are empty, palm trees rustle in the mild February breeze. Cows graze amid marshy ponds and tangerine and hazelnut orchards. But just outside this sleepy Georgian resort, a lunar landscape is emerging. Black sand has been dredged from the seabed to create...

      Mikhail Fridman shows the downside of being a Russian oligarch
      Dec06

      Mikhail Fridman shows the downside of being a Russian oligarch

      Steering a tricky path ONE QUESTION, with two meanings, has bookended Vladimir Putin’s reign: who’s next? As he tamed Russia’s tycoons in the early 2000s, Moscow’s power-brokers wondered whom he would next dispatch to exile or prison. After the dismemberment of Ukraine, the question took on a new connotation: who will be...

      Explaining the naval clash between Russia and Ukraine
      Nov29

      Explaining the naval clash between Russia and Ukraine

      “WE NEED TO fucking fuck them up, fuck…it seems like the president is controlling all this shit,” a Russian commander tells the captain whose ship rammed a Ukrainian military tug-boat in the Kerch Strait while another used live ammunition against a Ukrainian warship. The intercepted conversation, published on YouTube, provides a flavour of what...

      Estonia gets creative about integrating local Russian-speakers
      May10

      Estonia gets creative about integrating local Russian-speakers

      THE grey Stalinist blocks, potholed roads and intimidating communist-era plazas hardly suggest a hipster hotspot. But Narva, an Estonian town on Russia’s border, is suddenly all the rage. “Within the last six months Narva has become hip in Estonia. Everyone wants to go there,” says Helen Sildna, who runs Tallinn Music Week and who is going...