The Russian Economic Crisis

Economic distress has weakened Russia’s principal instruments of international influence. Lower energy prices have reduced Moscow’s power in that realm, while the crisis has decreased resources for Russia’s military and for loans to its neighbors, diminishing Moscow’s influence in the former Soviet sphere [which] .... makes Russia less able to challenge the international order and U.S. leadership in particular. The economic crisis thus presents an ... Full Story »

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by Beth Wellington - Apr. 20, 2010

The author's fails to explain how his argument that bolstering " the resilience of Russia’s post-Soviet neighbors at a moment when Moscow is focused on getting its own house in order" would encourage Russia's integration into the West, rather than alienate it further.

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