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The War on Russia’s Economy Is Working

Sanctions have weakened Russia and sowed doubts about Putin’s leadership. More pressure is needed to bring an end to the war.

Ukraine faces a long road ahead.

Ukraine faces a long road ahead.

Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Nine months into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the damage done to the world’s 11th-largest economy is extensive. Leading Russian banks have been cut out of the global financial system, some $300 billion of central bank reserves are frozen, and hundreds of foreign companies have departed. Parts shortages have hobbled the auto industry and threaten commercial aviation. In the wake of Putin’s mobilization order, tens of thousands of young workers have fled the country. An OECD forecast released this week projects Russia’s economy will contract by 5.6% in 2023.

The economic punishment inflicted on Russia hasn’t stopped the pummeling of Ukraine. But sanctions have weakened Russia’s standing as a world power, dissuaded ostensibly impartial nations from aligning with its government and sowed doubts about Putin’s leadership among Russian elites. Convincing them to press for an end to the war will require the US and Europe to tighten the squeeze even more.