53% Russians said in December that they want the government to resign, up from 33% in November, according to the most recent poll by independent pollster the Levada Center.
The Association of European Businesses expects growth to continue in 2019, albeit at a slower pace.
Inflation in Belarus ended 2018 at the highest level all year at 5.6% y/y, and above 4.6% it was in December 2017, National Statistics Committee of Belarus told BelTA
Russia finished 2018 with inflation of 4.3% in excess of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) 4% target rate, Rosstat reported on January 10, the central bank is unlikely to react to the price rises until its meeting in March.
The trade turnover between China and Russia set a new record high in 2018, and is now on the way to reaching the next target of $200bn by 2020.
Consumer price inflation in Ukraine slowed in the last month of 2018 to 9.8%, down from 10% in November, as the central bank's campaign to tackle price rises continues to meet with success.
Gross international reserves rose 10.6% y/y to $20.8bn in 2018 – the highest level since October 2013, the National Bank of Ukraine reported.
World Bank says that inflation will remain low this year and growth will be 1.5%, the same as in 2018, according to the multilateral’s January 2019 World Economic Outlook.
In 2018, the Russian currency lost 21.1% of its value against the dollar and 15.5% versus the euro.
Part-time workers were disproportionately affected by pay delays, with 22% saying they had received late pay, compared to 14% of full-time workers.
Russia’s economy slowed somewhat as the holiday season started, with the IHS Markit Russia manufacturing and services indices slowing in December from previously strong results in November but remaining above the 50 no-change mark.
The index that measures footfall in Moscow’s biggest malls remains at a four-year low despite reaching its second highest level for 2018 in November.
Russia’s banking sector recovery is well underway with the sector earning more in the first eleven months of this year than it earned in the last three full years.
Russia's industrial output moderated in November to 2.4% year-on-year growth from 3.7% y/y seen in October, Rosstat reported on December 18.
With more money in their pockets, a Belarusian middle class is emerging which is in turn driving strong growth in retail.
According to the first assessment, the country's GDP in money terms totalled BNY111bn in January-November.