CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakh banks play pass the parcel with unexploded bad loan bomb

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakh banks play pass the parcel with unexploded bad loan bomb

The Kazakh government sees Halyk's takeover as the best way to solve KKB’s bad loans problems, which stem largely from its takeover of failed bank BTA in 2015.

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English farmer ploughs a deep furrow in Russia’s biggest irrigation project

English farmer ploughs a deep furrow in Russia’s biggest irrigation project

In his early UK farming days, Robert Covell had no inkling he'd one day follow in the tracks of Stalin's command economy to bring quality grain and vegetables to Russian consumers.

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VISEGRAD: Central Europe’s nuclear gamble

VISEGRAD: Central Europe’s nuclear gamble

Czechs consider following Hungarian bet of building nuclear power stations without a tender.

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EU’s eastern half slow to join wind and solar revolution

EU’s eastern half slow to join wind and solar revolution

Shifting regulatory landscapes and opposition from powerful vested interests hold back renewable energy investments in CEE.

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BOOK REVIEW: Peter Conradi asks pertinently, “Who Lost Russia?”

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Conradi asks pertinently, “Who Lost Russia?”

The writing is solid, embellished with great detail and research, giving some new information here, reminding of some forgotten nugget there, though it lacks any penetrating new insight or revelation.

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COMMENT: The trillion dollar bill of US protectionism

COMMENT: The trillion dollar bill of US protectionism

Emerging market stocks have been hit harder than it appears by the election of President Donald Trump.

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CONFERENCE CALL: Ukraine investment summit strikes pragmatic tone

CONFERENCE CALL: Ukraine investment summit strikes pragmatic tone

In 2016 Ukraine's economy returned to growth after collapsing since the Maidan protests. But the transformation can still be derailed as in 2018 the government must start paying back billions of dollars in debt. Is the country strong enough?

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MACRO ADVISER: Nazarbayev puts it all on red

MACRO ADVISER: Nazarbayev puts it all on red

If the stimulus plan works then the presidential succession should be smooth and Kazakhstan will be a positive role model for the CIS-Eurasia region.

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ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia emerges as a wheat superpower

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia emerges as a wheat superpower

Russian grain producers lead an agricultural revival that has seen record food exports.

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