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STOLYPIN: Donbas continues to be as unpredictable as it is unloved

STOLYPIN: Donbas continues to be as unpredictable as it is unloved

Declaration of a new state of ‘Malorossiya’ reflects conflicting agendas of local Donbas warlords and Moscow, as much as the struggle between Moscow and Kyiv.

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Russian textbook titan trains to become all-round education provider

Russian textbook titan trains to become all-round education provider

Prosveshcheniye, Russia’s largest educational publisher, is looking to float on the Moscow Stock Exchange as early as next year to raise investment finance.

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Ukraine food giant diversifies its way out of country's crisis

Ukraine food giant diversifies its way out of country's crisis

Astarta now makes half its sales from exports, while sugar makes up less than half its revenue mix.

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CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Critics remain sceptical that serial humans rights abuser Uzbekistan has really reformed

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Critics remain sceptical that serial humans rights abuser Uzbekistan has really reformed

Foreign media and watchdogs are being allowed back into the country, and some broken dissidents have been released, but there is little real change on the ground.

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MACRO ADVISER: It's the oil price, stupid

MACRO ADVISER: It's the oil price, stupid

Despite cheap equity valuations and the economy's reduced exposure to hydrocarbon vulnerability, Russian stock prices will remain dominated by the gloomy outlook for oil prices.

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COMMENT: Gazprom’s exit from Turkey is a sign of the times

COMMENT: Gazprom’s exit from Turkey is a sign of the times

Foreign investors in Turkey worry that politics is increasingly affecting the business climate.

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Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin's presidential guards' construction empire

Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin's presidential guards' construction empire

The main job of Russia’s Federal Protective Service is to guard President Vladimir Putin, but until recently it ran a secret and highly profitable construction empire that collapsed after getting entangled with St Petersburg's richest oligarch.

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MOSCOW BLOG:  A tale of two countries – Russia vs Ukraine 1H17

MOSCOW BLOG: A tale of two countries – Russia vs Ukraine 1H17

Both countries have emerged from the crisis and are starting to recover, but Ukraine remains a lot more vulnerable than Russia to any shocks in the near future.

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ISTANBUL BLOG: Kilicdaroglu's

ISTANBUL BLOG: Kilicdaroglu's "Justice March" leaves Turkish opposition at a crossroads

The CHP leader does not seem to have a road map to challenge President Erdogan, and the opposition parties all want to go in different directions.

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