Russia / by Alistair Galloway

On 2 December, Russia claimed that it had hard evidence that Turkey was involved in an oil trade deal with ISIS.  Exiled Russian oil tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, looks to seek asylum in the United Kingdom.  In accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (known informally as the Iran Deal) Russia and Iran have started a swap of sensitive nuclear material.  In its newest security strategy Russia names the United States, NATO among others as threats to national security.  Iraq is looking to dissolve its security agreement with the United States and is seeking to align with Russia.  Conflict between Russia and Turkey continues following the downing of Russian fighter.  Due to a drop in crude oil prices, the Rouble sees a dramatic slide.  In response to the crude oil drop and OPEC pressure Russia plans on selling oil at $40 a barrel for upwards of the next seven years.  Due to the economic stagnation currently being seen in the Russian economy, several economists have suggested a possible restructuring of the Russian economy in 2016.