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VOX: Smaller Russian equity market pie, but bigger pieces

VOX: Smaller Russian equity market pie, but bigger pieces

Interest in Russian equities is picking up again as the economy recovers and earnings rise again, but the number of brokers is shrinking. The pie is getting smaller, but the pieces left have to be shared with fewer people.

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EU tries to pressurise Putin into prisoner swap for Sentsov

EU tries to pressurise Putin into prisoner swap for Sentsov

The European Parliament is ramping up the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to arrange a prisoner swap for Oleg Sentsov following the Ukrainian film director’s award of the prestigious 2018 Sakharov Prize for human rights.

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COMMENT: Timothy Ash trip notes from Kyiv: elections headed for a Tymoshenko win and no war with Russia

COMMENT: Timothy Ash trip notes from Kyiv: elections headed for a Tymoshenko win and no war with Russia

I visited Kyiv this week, meeting with, politicians, diplomats, journalists and members of the business community. Obviously a large part of the focus was on looming presidential elections.

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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 to form part of business centre in the mould of La Défense in Paris and Moscow City in Moscow.

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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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