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THE BELL WEEKLY: The viral crypto hamster game with Russian roots Members Public

Hello! This week we look at how a viral game featuring a Hamster CEO with Russian roots is providing a boon to Telegram’s crypto ambitions. We also speak to a former finance ministry official about the hidden reasons behind Russia’s tax rises, and explore why hearings in a

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THE BELL WEEKLY: How much tax do Russians really pay? Members Public

Hello! This week we further unpack Russia’s planned tax rises, analyzing just how competitive Russia’s payroll taxes really are. We also look at how the war in Ukraine has helped polish the fortunes of Russia’s jewelry market. A ‘competitive’ tax rate? Finance Minister Anton Siluanov keeps saying

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Don’t call it a tax rise Members Public

Hello! This week we cover the biggest tax hikes in Russia for two decades, and why the state is trying to call them something else. We also look at the fledgling “pirate” car industry of Western-branded vehicles being assembled in Russia, and cover how troll farms are using Western AI

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Rich Russians are bringing their money back home Members Public

Hello! This week we cover Russian millionaires repatriating their cash from abroad, despite the threat of nationalization and higher taxes. We also cover another border closure for Russian tourists and Moscow moving to recognise the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The Great Repatriation: Russian millionaires bring their cash back to the

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Putin’s ‘boring’ China visit Members Public

Hello! This week we look at how Russian media put an upbeat spin on Putin’s underwhelming visit to China. We also look at a clash between pro-military bloggers and Chechen authorities over a domestic violence case and Dmitry Medvedev threatening Yandex over its AI chatbot. Propagandists cheer Putin’s

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Shoigu removed, Belousov to become defense minister Members Public

Hello! This week we look at the surprise removal of Sergei Shoigu as Russia’s defense minister and dig into his replacement, Andrei Belousov, and what his priorities will be. What to expect from Belousov as the new defense minister Russian President Vladimir Putin sprang a Sunday night surprise with

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Back to the Future – Anatoly Chubais’s new think tank Members Public

Hello. This week we look at Anatoly Chubais opening a Russia studies institute in exile, and the bitter debate over his legacy at home. We also cover the ongoing fallout from last year’s scandalous “Almost Naked” party and a new war exhibition in Moscow. 1990s reform architect Chubais sets

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THE BELL WEEKLY: A nepo-baby shuffle at VK Members Public

Hello! This week we report on a possible shake-up at one of Russia’s most important tech companies. We also assess the impact of the West’s oil price cap with two of its authors and highlight the latest crackdown on independent journalists, media outlets and their readers. Russia’s

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