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For those who desire to keep track of such things, at least at some level of generality, Reuters is tracking government sanctions and actions against Russia taken by large companies and organisations around the world in the lead up to and following its invasion of Ukraine.
Reuters has divided their sanctions tracking into two categories: (1) Sanctions by Country; and (2) Actions by Companies and Organizations. These are arranged in chronological order. Each of the categories are also divided by sanctions type. For state sanctions these include economy, finance energy, private wealth, technology, media, and airlines for state sanctions. For private (entity) sanctions they included economy, consumer. energy, sport, manufacturing, finance, technology, automotive, airline, energy, and logistics.
Each of these are then linked to Reuters reporting on the sanctions. That focuses on those areas where Reuters coverage is strongest. The information is quite useful and usefully organized.
The tracker is useful, especially as a chronology of the slow motion decoupling of the Russian economy from the old global order. In a sense, it adds weight to the insight that what started as the decomposition of the old convergence based framework of post 1945 globalization into two large post-global empires (American vanguard liberal democratic and Chinese vanguard Marxist Leninist post-global empires) is now fracturing as well within the first order sub-imperial dependencies--Russia, India, South Africa and Nigeria, Brazil and likely others. Each of these can decouple only by re-attaching in a subordinate way to the hub of the post-global apex states. For Russia that will be China (whose access to Siberian resources will now be more open). India faces a more difficult choice--it is clear where that choice leads but the leadership is reluctant (understandably given history and interests) to make it public. Nigeria and South Africa will likely go in different directions--Nigeria looking West and South Africa to China-Russia. It is also useful for noting holes--holes everywhere--in the detachment that is the price of sanctions. Detachment does notwork the way in which two lovers end an affair. . . badly. Instead it recreates border, borderlands, and gateways. It brings barriers and with it a taste for directed managerialism, to the interaction between 'two' that had for a moment been closer to 'one'. (My earlier prognosis HERE).
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As the object being negotiated, the Ukrainians have little to say in the matter. Clearly that has not required passivity (although it could have); there is some space within which even dependencies of Empire can wiggle around the deal). But it does require sacrifice. Even so, the Ukrainians, are exacting their own price (in their own way against all at the bargaining tables) and making what bargains they can, the consequences of which remain unknowable in the short term. For everyone else, a period of adjustment as the post-global more clearly emerges. The tracker provides an important chronicle of the haggling and of the process and consequence of the detachments and re-attachments that more clearly defines the futures our collectives have embraced.
Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant