Oligarchs

Russian cold wars: It’s all Greek to me

Timeo danaos et dona ferentes, runs the ancient maxim: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Today, we might update this to cavete a Graecis navibus navigantes – beware of Greeks sailing ships. Lloyds List has exposed, over the past six months, a fleet of tankers, registered in/owned by Greece and conducting operations in the waters of …

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Divide and conquer: The Kremlin’s gambit

Petrov’s Defence, known popularly as the Russian Game, is a chess opening based around symmetry: the second player matching the moves of the first through pawn, knight and so on, in a game that has a reputation for leading to protracted, difficult draws unless a player can seize upon a momentary advantage that may come …

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Why are Russian Oligarchs falling?

Has the recent spate of oligarchical deaths been a co-ordinated attack orchestrated by Putin who fears their growing power turning against him, or is it Ukrainian/Western special forces taking out allies of the Russian government as revenge for its aggression in Ukraine, or is it just the nature of the beast? Firstly, it should be …

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