Transnistria slumps as Moscow pulls the strings

Transnistria slumps as Moscow pulls the strings

The government of Transnistria is teetering on the edge of insolvency, as Moscow turns the screws ahead of presidential elections this autumn.

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Claustrophobia – a Russian company on a quest

Claustrophobia – a Russian company on a quest

Claustrophobia’s adventure games have proven to be enormously successful despite Russia’s recession, and the start-up is fast expanding abroad.

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Meet les enfants terribles of Croatian winemaking

Meet les enfants terribles of Croatian winemaking

News in April Croatia now has over 40,000 winemakers was a rebuke to those who predicted dire consequences for the country’s wine industry it joined the EU in 2013. Encouragingly, winemaking in Croatia is also becoming a young person’s game.

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Latvia makes it into OECD thanks to crackdown on non-resident banks

Latvia makes it into OECD thanks to crackdown on non-resident banks

Latvia joins OECD after belated drive to clean up murky banking system, which was being used to launder money on a massive scale from the former Soviet Union.

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MOSCOW BLOG: Putin launches his grand reform agenda 'Plan K'

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin launches his grand reform agenda 'Plan K'

Much of Alexei Kudrin's grand economic reform plan is already known, and the real issue is implementation.

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Museum stirs mixture of nostalgia, disgust and indifference

Museum stirs mixture of nostalgia, disgust and indifference

The Museum of the History of Yugoslavia believes there is no single memory and unique culture of Yugoslavia that needs to be preserved, but is concerned with collecting, researching, negotiating and sharing it.

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INVISIBLE HAND: Poles apart in outsourcing

INVISIBLE HAND: Poles apart in outsourcing

Central and Eastern Europe is in the midst of a commercial mega-trend. That trend is all about business process outsourcing (BPO) and the establishment of shared service centres (SSC) – and Poland, for now, is the driving force.

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COMMENT: Is VTB back from the dead?

COMMENT: Is VTB back from the dead?

Give Russian lender VTB credit for improving, but the real key will be to sustain the progress seen during the first quarter. Unfortunately, there are good reasons to be skeptical about that.

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ALACO DISPATCHES: Tajik leader tightens grip amid crackdown on the opposition

ALACO DISPATCHES: Tajik leader tightens grip amid crackdown on the opposition

While Rahmon has unquestioningly strengthened his grip on power following the May 22 referendum and weakened his political opposition, the threat of instability in Tajikistan is on the rise.

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