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Update

Hi! Sorry nothing went out yesterday, nor will anything on Russia/Eurasia go out today. I'm getting over a really nasty cold and just been resting. I'm hoping next week to drop a short piece on some of the contradictions of the energy transition in Russia responding to news from a few weeks ago that MinEnergo was opposed to completely electrifying the Baikal-Amur Mainline and Far East expansions of the Trans-Siberian routes because it would increase coal power usage and undermine emissions targets. Only using more diesel trains can offset that gap unless they use natural gas in some form. It's a case study in the types of tradeoffs that'll matter a great deal in Russia in the years ahead. I'm also hoping to write a mid-length piece after Adam Tooze's great writeup on the differences between Chinese and Soviet reform efforts and outcomes focused on 'autonomy' and why Russia's economic autonomy under Putinism isn't all it's cracked up to be. I'll be back to the usual schedule on Monday, Tuesday I have a job interview in the afternoon so I may end up doing something short like a links and headlines roundup along with some analytic reads instead of a proper newsletter.