Russia's choice to destroy contraband food items has been met with widespread outcry both at home and abroad. What was the logic behind this move? What larger strategic purpose does it serve?
Russia's economic downturn hasn't been the largest surprise of 2014, but the rapid nature of the shift on the back of falling oil prices is a cause for concern. While currency collapse has been partially avoided, sanctions ensure Russian business will struggle to secure financing and investment from abroad going into 2015.