The Russian economy has taken a massive hit as sanctions bite. The effects – both ongoing and soon-to-be – will create chaos within the previously strong-standing society. The country, now being cut off by neighbors and pressured into inescapable stalemates, has introduced new policies detrimental to the Russian people and business. Read on to learn more about the effects of sanctions and to review excerpts of an exclusive BRB interview with a Russian business owner.
Although most Americans may not be too familiar with IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), the works its members do, from lighting in motion pictures to broadcasting sports events, is central to American culture. IATSE is a labor union consisting of multiple locals and divisions, representing tens of thousands of workers. The COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down nearly every Hollywood production, proved the necessity of worker negotiations and rights. Many craftspeople lost their jobs or were put in unsafe conditions. Now, as more and more members return to work, they’re fighting for better set environments than pre-pandemic.