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STOLYPIN: Russia balances wargames with mindgames in Zapad exercises

STOLYPIN: Russia balances wargames with mindgames in Zapad exercises

Zapad shows the progress that has been made in rebuilding Russia’s military strength – and the extent to which Putin is relying on hype and hyperbole to make up for the rest.

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Directors resign from board of Ukraine's gas monopoly over derailed reforms

Directors resign from board of Ukraine's gas monopoly over derailed reforms

The two surviving independent members of the supervisory board at Ukraine's gas monopoly Naftogaz quit on September 19, citing "the government’s lack of commitment to duly implement the corporate governance reform".

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Obuv Rossii has the right shoe for Russia’s regions

Obuv Rossii has the right shoe for Russia’s regions

Shoe retailer plans IPO this autumn to build on strong growth across its regional network.

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Romania’s media sector in turmoil

Romania’s media sector in turmoil

With several of Romania’s media moguls behind bars or on the run, a shakeout is expected in the sector — but this is unlikely to address serious concerns about media pluralism.

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Tajik bond potentially a tragic bond?

Tajik bond potentially a tragic bond?

Tajikistan’s $500mn Eurobond debut is intended to fund construction of the Rogun dam and help Central Asia’s poorest country become a regional energy exporter, yet Dushanbe has a history of being an unreliable financial partner.

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Kazakhs question legacy of $5bn Expo 2017

Kazakhs question legacy of $5bn Expo 2017

The money could have been spent on wind farms instead, says one visitor to space age green energy themed exhibition, as renewable energy potential remains unused in fossil fuel rich Kazakhstan.

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KYIV BLOG: Ukraine headed for a constitutional crisis

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine headed for a constitutional crisis

Ukraine faces a crisis like Boris Yeltsin’s showdown with the communist-dominated Duma in 1993 if President Petro Poroshenko plays his cards badly in his stand-off with former Odesa governor and ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.

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ISTANBUL BLOG: Commerzbank ignites quarrel claiming Turkey’s official growth figures are “more than questionable”

ISTANBUL BLOG: Commerzbank ignites quarrel claiming Turkey’s official growth figures are “more than questionable”

Ankara’s GDP, investment and tourism data do not stand up to scrutiny says German lender in scathing report concluding the reported Turkish “economic miracle” may even be a politically influenced mirage.

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KRUK REPORT: All the borders have been crossed

KRUK REPORT: All the borders have been crossed

When irresponsible politicians play with rules instead of following them, the one who ends up paying is the country itself. Before September 10, I thought Poroshenko was smarter and Saakashvili was less self-centered.

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