War in Ukraine: Part 3 – The Future of Russia

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This is part 3 of my ongoing series on the Russian war with Ukraine. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here (available in English as well as a Russian translation). Part 4 is forthcoming.

To everyone that suggested a charity helping embattled Ukraine: thank you. This country needs all the help it can get. You can find the list of charities here.

War in Ukraine: Part 3 – The Future of Russia

“Putin cannot bring the Soviet Union back together, but he can bring back breadlines.” –Ian Bremmer

Sanctions will likely have a very significant impact on the Russian economy. Unlike previous (2014) sanctions, which were toothless and slow to have an impact, these went straight for the jugular of the Russian financial system, possibly crippling it overnight. The Russian central bank had to raise rates to 20%, banks stopped giving out loans, and the ruble collapsed. The Russian economy is likely going to be engulfed in inflation, the magnitude of which it has not seen since the early 1990s. Russia has been cut off from the West overnight. Russia has turned into a toxic pollutant on corporate ESG checklists. Even Coca-Cola is leaving Russia.