Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

How Russia is dodging sanctions

Vladimir Putin (Credit: Getty images)

They might not be the quick knock-out blow their champions misleadingly claimed they’d be, but sanctions are having a serious effect on the long-term viability of the Russian economy. However, we should never underestimate the Russians’ capacity to find rough and ready workarounds.

Back in Soviet times, I was regaled with stories of Lada cars being fixed with sticky tape and cast-off hosiery.

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