The fall in oil's price is being felt keenly in Moscow, where the Putin government is struggling to cope with the knock-on effects.
War in Ukraine, economic woes and the decline of an autocrat, by Robert Skidelsky.
There is no question in my mind that Russia stirred up this war to destabilise Ukraine, but how will these people ever trust the government in Kyiv again?
The frozen conflict has begun.
A ceasefire has been agreed but it remains in doubt whether Russia plans to conquer eastern Ukraine or establish a quasi-autonomous state there.
Russia may be destined to remain a source of instability and confrontation for as long as Putin remains in the Kremlin.
Last Thursday's MH17 crash has changed perceptions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Most voters now think the issue is a matter for the West, and support three specific policies.
The Kremlin’s propaganda pushing support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine has been so effective that the Russian people have a completely different understanding of the downing of MH17 – and even Putin may be unable to hold back the jingoism.
The Labour MP Mike Gapes argues that it is becoming increasingly likely the crashed airliner in Ukraine was shot down by Russian separatist fighters, and that it's time Europe took action on the Russia/Ukraine conflict.
We need a European energy union capable of negotiating collectively over price and acting as a strategic sponsor.