Articles by Peter Hobson



After Euro 2016 Disaster, Can Russian Football Recover?

The ousted coach of Russia's national football team has admitted the team is "sh*t." Sports pundits discuss "Why Russian football is f*cked." So what's next?

Reluctantly, Russia Starts Sell-Off of Major State Companies

Back in April, President Vladimir Putin was asked at a press conference why he planned to sell state companies just when the market was at bottom.

Is the Kremlin Forcing Mikhail Prokhorov to Sell His Russian Assets?

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov once said he likes to completely overhaul his professional life every eight years. And so things have turned out.

Will Russia Be First to Build Elon Musk's Hyperloop?

In mid June, Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One, sat under the high, decorated ceiling of a palace in St. Petersburg.

Erdogan Blinks First in Russian-Turkish Impasse

Seven months ago, the country watched on television as a Russian fighter jet fell to earth in a stream of flame.

Lipstick on a Bear: Russia Seeks to Impress at SPIEF

Russia has an image problem. Whether it's doping in sport, soldiers in Ukraine or corruption in the Kremlin, every new headline seems to bolster a negative stereotype.

Hanging in There: A Guide to Russia's Economy

In late May, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev inadvertently caught the mood of the nation.

Radical Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Walks Free After Verdict

Russia’s most radical political performance artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, had languished in jail for seven months after setting fire to the headquarters of Russia’s security services last year.

Is Russia's Flagship Superjet Airliner Finally Lifting Off?

On May 24, two shiny Russian Superjets stood nose to nose in an aircraft hangar in Venice, Italy, painted in the colors of CityJet, an Irish regional airline.

Was Russia's First Bond Sale in 3 Years a Success?

Bidding opened suddenly on the morning of May 23. After a three-year absence from international markets, and with very little warning, Russia announced it wished to borrow billions of dollars.

RuNet Has A Field Day With Medvedev's 'No Money' Quote

When Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Crimea, he was prepared for handshakes, meetings and rainbows. A soundbite here, a photo-op there.

How Europe Became a Russian Gangster Playground

In early May, the moves came thick and fast.

How Russian Authorities Hijacked a WWII Remembrance Movement

Five years ago, a group of friends in Siberia founded a grassroots movement to remember the World War II generation. It proved so popular that the authorities are adopting it as their own.

Uber Faces Off Against Russian Technology Giant Yandex

The Californian taxi application is cutting prices in an aggressive expansion in Russia, but it is still a long way behind the market leaders.

Russia Launches Rocket From New Cosmodrome at Second Attempt

Russia launched the first rocket from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a first attempt was aborted due to a last minute technical failure.

Russia Wins $50Bln Yukos Battle, But War's Not Over

A Dutch court on Wednesday overturned an arbitration award of $50 billion to former Yukos shareholders, but the ruling won't end the litigation.

NATO and Russia Reaffirm Mutual Loathing

The first Russia-NATO Council meeting since relations were ruptured two years ago by Russia's actions in Ukraine produced only recriminations.

Dutch Court Strikes Down $50Bln Yukos Arbitration Award

A local Dutch court on Wednesday overturned an arbitration award of $50 billion to former owners of Yukos in a surprise ruling that throws doubt on efforts to seize Russian property in Europe and the U.S.

Warplane Diplomacy and Distrust Ahead Of Russia-NATO Council

The atmosphere has been poisonous in the run up to an April 20 meeting of the Russia-NATO ambassadors' council, the first to be held since relations were ruptured by the Ukraine crisis.

The Offshore Plot: How the Kremlin is Spinning the Panama Papers

The Kremlin began spinning the Panama papers before they were even released.

Russia's $50 Billion Yukos Damages Headache Moves to India

Former owners of Yukos, the defunct Russian oil producer, have begun litigation in India as part of efforts to force Russia to pay $50 billion in damages for breaking up the company a decade ago.

Battle for Sevastopol: How a Crimean Romantic Fought the Kremlin's Bureaucrat

The 2-year conflict between Alexei Chaly and Sergei Menyailo illustrates how Sevastopol's revolutionary hopes for life inside Russia made way for the less glamorous reality of Kremlin rule.

Liftoff Off at Russia's New Vostochny Cosmodrome

On the evening of Tuesday, April 26, President Vladimir Putin set out from Moscow on a 6,000-kilometer journey to see a long-held ambition fulfilled.

Russian Government Draws Up Rescue Plan for VEB Development Bank

Russian officials are discussing sweeping measures to save the government's development bank after its bailout needs rose to about $20 billion.

Russia Tries New Tactic Ahead of Crucial $50 Billion Yukos Ruling

Ahead of a crucial ruling on $50 billion in damages awarded over Yukos, the dismembered oil company, Russian investigators allege that the company's former owners stole their shares.

Battle in the Archives - Uncovering Russia's Secret Past

Sergei Mironenko became Russia's chief archivist when an explosion of openness swept away the Soviet Union. He leaves amid fears that uncomfortable truths in Soviet history are being suppressed.

Anti-Corruption Investigators Launch Election Campaign in Putin's Backyard

Anti-corruption campaigners have come to Barvikha, where Russia's richest officials and oligarchs have their country estates, to launch an audacious election campaign.

The Mysterious Death of the Man Behind Putin's Media Machine

For a man who once shaped Russia's media sector, remarkably little is known about the last months of Mikhail Lesin's life.

Legitimized Elections: The Kremlin Plays a New Game

Vladimir Putin has appointed a widely respected rights advocate to oversee upcoming elections. But the Kremlin is taking measures to making sure that Russians will vote the 'right' way.

How Putin's Bank Became Russia's $20 Billion Problem

With President Vladimir Putin driving its strategy, Vneshekonombank financed the Sochi Olympics and extended Russian financial influence in Ukraine. Now, it needs a bailout that could cost $20 billion.