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A Russian National Guard servicemen secures an area as a massive blaze seen over the Crocus City Hall in Moscow. An Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for the attack on the concert hall that killed over 130 people. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

ISIS-K’s attack in Moscow risks escalating the Russia-Ukraine war

Ukraine has denied any involvement in the terrorist attack that killed dozens of people in Moscow, but that doesn’t mean Russia won’t try to use the event as a way to escalate its war with Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech before presenting the Russian Hero of Labour gold medals in June 2023. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin’s gold strategy explains why sanctions against Russia have failed

Russia has tied its currency to gold to evade sanctions. Shifting the ruble away from a pegged value and into the gold standard itself is aimed at making it a credible gold substitute at a fixed rate.

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