Eastern Europe / Features

Two-thirds of Russian firms want a stronger ruble

Ben Aris in Berlin July 26, 2017

Two-thirds (66%) of enterprises in the Russian manufacturing sector think that a stronger ruble will improve their profits, according to an annual survey conducted by the RBK newspaper.

Ukrainian farmers turn to Donbas veterans for protection from raiders

Fabrice Deprez in Berezhinka July 26, 2017

Unarmed veterans are helping farmers fight back against asset thieves and the authoritities don't like it.

Only one of eight Ukrainian power assets for privatisation likely to be sold, say analysts

Ben Aris in Berlin July 25, 2017

Skepticism is rife as the government in Kyiv again attempts to power up its stalled privatisation drive.

Russian textbook titan trains to become all-round education provider

Robert Anderson in St Petersburg July 21, 2017

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

FINTECH: A Russian fintech revolution is coming

Vladimir Kozlov in St Petersburg July 20, 2017

Russia is ranked third in the world for the use of financial technology services and bankers at the annual sector conference in St Petersburg this year said they are continuing to roll out new cutting edge services.

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

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv July 20, 2017

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

Belarus recovery underway in January-June

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2017

Belarus is the laggard of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as the rest of the region emerges from recession, but the economy is picking up a little steam mid-year.

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

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow July 13, 2017

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.

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

Ben Aris in Berlin July 13, 2017

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.

CHINA RISING: Our series of features on China's expansion ambitions

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

A focus on China’s growing interest in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia looking at the implications in terms of geopolitics as well as business and investment

Reconstruction of Moscow's city centre is hurting retailers but vacancy rates passed bottom

bne IntelliNews July 11, 2017

Reconstruction of the city centre is hurting retailers but vacancy rates seem to have passed bottom, according to real estate consultant JJL.

CHINA RISING: Beijing's insatiable appetite transforms Central Asian oil and gas flows

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 11, 2017

The Western grip on Central Asian oil and gas flows is weakening, and half of the volumes could go east by 2020, according to the IEA.

CHINA RISING: Belarus seeks its place orbiting China

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk July 10, 2017

Minsk is now trying to improve Great Stone Park's preferential regime in order to make it a more attractive proposition.

CHINA RISING: Beijing puts down banking roots in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

Three banking acquisitions are already closed and two more are pending approval by regulators.

CHINA RISING: Russia China Investment Fund takes aim at Russia’s best equity stories

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

China's sovereign wealth fund has partnered with Russia’s and is ready to invest big bucks.

Small East European nations in vanguard of cyber-defence

Will Conroy in Prague, Vadim Dumesh in Paris, Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw, Carmen Valache in Lund July 10, 2017

Estonia and Georgia, two nations that several years back suffered paralysing Russian cyber incursions, have made the top 10 in a fresh UN cybersecurity ranking.

Bond markets flourish in the CIS to replace bank loans

Vladimir Kozlov in Cyprus July 7, 2017

The bond markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are flourishing as companies eschew traditional banking credits and instead issue paper to tap the pool of liquidity in the banking sector.

Belarus’ retail king Euroopt goes on the road

Ben Aris in Minsk July 5, 2017

Belarusian retail king Euroopt is arguably one of the best run and fastest growing companies in the CIS and you have almost certainly never heard of it. Already a $2bn business, it is taking its story on the road.

Alexei Navalny: potent sideshow pony in Russia’s one-horse race

Nick Allen in Warsaw June 30, 2017

Under 2% of Russians see the anti-corruption campaigner as presidential material, but he can still put the hoof into Russia's status quo.