WBEZ | Russia http://www.wbez.org/tags/russia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls http://www.wbez.org/news/worries-rise-russia-ruble-falls-111254 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/1217_russia-ruble-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Inflation is going up and purchasing power is falling sharply for Russians as the country&rsquo;s currency drops in value.</p><p>The Russian government has taken strong measures this week, sharply increasing interest rates to 17 percent, and selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to shore up the falling ruble.</p><p>None of the moves have worked, and the ruble is trading at about half its value from the beginning of the year.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s Corey Flintoff tells Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Robin Young that while there is no panic on the streets, and no runs on banks, for Russian who have the money, &ldquo;it makes more sense to go out and by what we used to call durable goods &mdash; refrigerators and TV sets. They idea is that you&rsquo;ll have more value out of your refrigerator because it won&rsquo;t lose value as fast as your rubles do.&rdquo;Inflation is going up and purchasing power is falling sharply for Russians as the country&rsquo;s currency drops in value.</p><p>The Russian government has taken strong measures this week, sharply increasing interest rates to 17 percent, and selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to shore up the falling ruble.</p><p>None of the moves have worked, and the ruble is trading at about half its value from the beginning of the year.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s Corey Flintoff tells Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Robin Young that while there is no panic on the streets, and no runs on banks, for Russian who have the money, &ldquo;it makes more sense to go out and by what we used to call durable goods &mdash; refrigerators and TV sets. They idea is that you&rsquo;ll have more value out of your refrigerator because it won&rsquo;t lose value as fast as your rubles do.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2100491/corey-flintoff" target="_blank">Corey Flintoff</a>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;NPR international correspondent based in Moscow. He tweets&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyFlintoff" target="_blank">@CoreyFlintoff</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/worries-rise-russia-ruble-falls-111254 Russia's economic dilemma http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-08/russias-economic-dilemma-111200 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP24510104665.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Russia&#39;s oil production strategy and Western sanctions have led to a decline in the value of the Russian ruble. Jan Kalicki, a public policy scholar for the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, joins us to explain the problems the Russian economy is facing.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russia's economic dilemma" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-08/russias-economic-dilemma-111200 Russian troops reportedly in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-13/russian-troops-reportedly-ukraine-111097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP2079510166.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tension in Eastern Ukraine is escalating as NATO reports Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine. Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, gives us an update.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops reportedly in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-13/russian-troops-reportedly-ukraine-111097 How Nigeria contained Ebola http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP63365074299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 20 people were infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the country has not seen a new case in 42 days. The World Health Organization has declared the country free of Ebola virus transmission. WHO&#39;s Incident Manager for Ebola in Nigeria tells us how they contained the virus.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: How Nigeria contained Ebola" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-08/ceasefire-eastern-ukraine-110766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP801550734731.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government reached a ceasefire last Friday, but shelling over the weekend in Donetsk could threaten the peace. We&#39;ll get an update from Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-08/ceasefire-eastern-ukraine-110766 NATO considers military action to counter Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP562786984527.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the weekend, EU and NATO leaders reportedly considered possible solutions to Russia&#39;s invasion into Ukraine, including the possibility of a NATO rapid-reaction force. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago will explain the politics of the situation.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: NATO considers military action to counter Russia" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 Russian troops in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP560589181576.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NATO has accused Russia of illegally sending its troops into Ukraine. NATO says it has proof that Russian troops are fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. We&#39;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss. Weiss served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 Military action in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP737825746234 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani military is conducting a military offensive in the North of the country in efforts to dismantle the Taliban. We&#39;ll talk about the use of domestic military action in Pakistan with author and professor Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Military action in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 Russia announces sanctions http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-07/russia-announces-sanctions-110613 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP303165536701.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Russia has announced a ban on imports of certain food and agricultural products from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia. The ban is a response to sanctions being imposed by the West on Russia. We&#39;ll take a look at how the tit-for-tat sanctions will impact the crisis in Ukraine.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-announces-sanctions" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russia announces sanctions" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-07/russia-announces-sanctions-110613 EU considers new sanctions on Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-24/eu-considers-new-sanctions-russia-110552 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP100875180415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If Russia does not agree to cooperate with the investigation of Malaysian airlines flight 17, the EU is considering tougher sanctions. EU ambassadors are meeting in Brussels today to consider a series of tighter restrictions on Russia. We&#39;ll get an update from Brussels.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-sanctions-on-russia/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-sanctions-on-russia.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-sanctions-on-russia" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: EU considers new sanctions on Russia" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-24/eu-considers-new-sanctions-russia-110552