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An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Monday and Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time. Saturday at 7.45 am.

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Latest update : 2014-03-27

Anders Aslund, Former Senior Advisor to Boris Yeltsin

Anders Aslund, an economist who served as a senior adviser to Boris Yeltsin in the early 1990s, has often been very right about where Russia is headed, when others - including Putin himself - have been very wrong.

Although the Russian president seems unfazed so far by Western threats of sanctions  over Crimea and even publicly mocked them, Anders Aslund thinks he should be more careful. Severe sanctions could push Russia over the financial cliff. Even Ukraine is not powerless, he adds, and may retaliate against Moscow by not paying the huge debt Kiev owes to Russia or by nationalising Russian enterprises in Ukraine.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2014-12-22 Boko Haram

Wole Soyinka slams the Nigerian government's response to Boko Haram

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2014-12-17 Dalai Lama

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2014-12-16 Russia

'We will survive sanctions,’ says Russian foreign minister

Western sanctions will “never” cause economic meltdown for Russia, Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview on Monday.

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2014-12-16 India

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2014-12-13 Ukraine

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