- Chris Giles warns that the message from the data behind the UK Budget is that the country’s public finances were terrible, are terrible and still need lots of work to repair.
- A Russian journalist who wrote a satirical letter to Putin asking him to send troops to restore the rights of Russians in Russia itself found the president was not amused.
- Iran’s traditional entertainers are having a hard time cheering Iranians as economic gloom blights new year festivities.
- Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny tells the west how to really punish Russia over its ‘little war’ in Crimea.
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