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Astana eager to boast a regional IT startups hub

Astana eager to boast a regional IT startups hub

Accelerator, incubator and co-working project located at former EXPO site wants to follow examples of La Défense in Paris and Moscow City.

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CAUCASUS BLOG: Now the hard part starts for Nikol Pashinian, Armenia’s Robin Hood

CAUCASUS BLOG: Now the hard part starts for Nikol Pashinian, Armenia’s Robin Hood

A third of Armenians live in poverty. Having now conquered parliament, does their ‘velvet revolutionary’ leader have what it takes to change their fortunes?

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Plastics in the snow: Sibur takes the lead in Russia's burgeoning petrochemical sector

Plastics in the snow: Sibur takes the lead in Russia's burgeoning petrochemical sector

Global top ten petrochemicals company Sibur has spent $9bn on a new facility that will treble its output and double its revenues. Despite its controversial shareholders the firm is ripe for IPO.

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KYIV BLOG: Is Russia about to invade Ukraine?

KYIV BLOG: Is Russia about to invade Ukraine?

Reports are swirling that Russia is massing troops on the Ukrainian border and is about to invade – again.

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Chimcomplex starts building regional chemicals giant with Oltchim takeover

Chimcomplex starts building regional chemicals giant with Oltchim takeover

Romanian chemical company Chimcomplex Borzesti has completed the takeover of troubled Oltchim, concluding a long saga of failed privatisations and a fierce struggle for recovery, but it will not be easy to integrate the two entities.

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COMMENT: The state is back in the banking business in Central and Eastern Europe

COMMENT: The state is back in the banking business in Central and Eastern Europe

For a few years now, foreign banks have been constantly losing market share in many of the larger Central-, Southeastern and Eastern European markets, but there is a shift in the game as state banks are proudly increasing their share in many markets

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Anti-science collusion by oil producers blocks progress at UN climate talks in Poland

Anti-science collusion by oil producers blocks progress at UN climate talks in Poland

Russia, the US and two Gulf oil producers prevented the adoption of a scientific report on global warming, highlighting just how divided the world is over what scientists agree is the single most important issue of our time.

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MOSCOW BLOG: Why would Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman want to sell Alfa Bank?

MOSCOW BLOG: Why would Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman want to sell Alfa Bank?

Commentators warn private banking is over in Russia if the “family silver” goes to a state bank.

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Pashinian’s coalition heads for snap election landslide in Armenia

Pashinian’s coalition heads for snap election landslide in Armenia

A non-violent revolution toppled the government in the spring but didn’t alter the make-up of parliament. The weekend vote looks odds-on to fix that.

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