FPRI’s BMB Russia brings you news about Russia’s economy, politics, business climate, and political risk environment. It features a twice-weekly news brief and strives to be a resource for specialists and generalists, a platform for analysis, particularly for emerging area experts and academics, and a space for even-handed, fact-based conversations in hopes of improving Russia/Eurasia analysis and coverage.
BMB Russia is meant for anyone who wants to understand what is going on in the world of politics and economics in one of the world’s key emerging markets as well as a peek into the broader Post-Soviet space. The brief and blog are a resource for those looking for business opportunities, to make sense of one of the U.S.’s most significant bilateral relationships, and to cut through the cacophony of noise out there to find the important signals few outlets cover. We’re a team dedicated to making Russia and Eurasia more accessible, both to rising area experts and specialists and to those who don’t know what kvass is, have no strong opinions about dill, and don’t have any feelings about Moscow’s macroeconomic policies. It’s our aim to bring our passion and the joy our love of the subject brings us to life for others. Finally, we’re here to keep you ahead of the curve and spot what most in English-language media aren’t talking about. The BMB Russia project is led by FPRI Fellow and BMB Editor-in-chief – Stephanie Petrella and deputy editor Sara Ashbaugh.
Recently we expanded this initiative by adding BMB Ukraine, which is led by FPRI Fellow, Eilish Hart and a French journalist based in Ukraine, Clara Marchaud. Thomas Laffitte currently serves as a columnist at BMB Ukraine. In February 2020 we launched the BMB Podcast, which is hosted by FPRI Fellow and the founder of BMB Russia – Aaron Schwartzbaum.