Eastern Europe / Features

The revival of Russia’s cinema industry

Ben Aris in Moscow January 17, 2019

Russia’s cinema business is growing three times faster than the real economy, but it's a bumpy ride. In 2018 Russian movie-goers set a new record with 56mn visits to a cinema to generate a box office take of $200mn.

HEATMAP: bne IntelliNews Despair index

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2019

CEE monthly bond wrap: 2018 bond markets hurt by crisis and sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2019

International bond issues had a mediocre year in Central and Eastern Europe in 2018. While Central Europe more or less held its own, bond issues in CIS were halved in both volume and size.

Jokers in the political pack

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 13, 2019

Disillusioned with the establishment, voters have welcomed the entry of satirists and comedians to the political fray — but can they offer a concrete policy alternative?

Which Russian investments paid out the most in 2018?

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2019

Russian daily Vedomosti calculated which investments paid out the most in 2018 and the winner was the stocks and bonds of Russian conglomerate AFK Sistema that returned 128% and 55% respectively

HEATMAPS: Unemployment is mostly defeated but pay is not high enough

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2019

Transition from the socialist system came at an enormous cost for most of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of unemployment and poverty, but now the fight against unemployment is almost won.

Football in a time of war

Robert O'Connor in Kyiv January 7, 2019

When Shakhtar Donetsk’s Champions League decider against the French football club from Lyon was re-located from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the country’s capital Kyiv at barely a week’s notice, there was exasperation in the city but little surprise

HEATMAPS: Inflation is defeated but the "Never Never index" still too high

Ben Aris in Berlin January 7, 2019

Sky high inflation has been the bane of emerging Europe for most of the last two and a half decades. The beast has been slain in most countries of the region, but the battle continues in others.

bne IntelliNews OUTLOOKS 2019 — all countries

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

bne IntelliNews is publishing 2019 outlooks for the countries we cover.

OUTLOOK 2019 Ukraine

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

The political agenda in Ukraine will be dominated in 2019 by the two elections, for president on March 31 and the Verkhovna Rada in October.

OUTLOOK 2019 Russia

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Russian politics are dominated by the threat of new “crushing” sanctions from the US that were due in the autumn, but now have been put off until the first quarter of 2019. However, the consensus is new sanctions are on the way in 2019 and their natu

OUTLOOK 2019 Belarus

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

In the placid pool of Belarusian domestic politics the only thing making any waves is the apparent effort by Russia to wean the republic off its de facto energy subsidy teat. Russia’s so-called tax manoeuvre will cost Minsk dearly

Castoff clothing a $770mn business in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest and Tirana December 20, 2018

The CEE and Eurasia region accounts for around a quarter of the thriving $3bn global trade in secondhand clothing from western countries, but trade flows are being altered by rising incomes in the region and the falling quality of exports.

Security concerns surface as Russia digitises its economy

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow December 19, 2018

As Russia moves towards digitization, security concerns have arisen due to the failure of government agencies to foot the security bill in timely fashion.

Russia’s major corporates undergoing a digital transformation

bne IntelliNews December 18, 2018

Everyone is on board. Digitisation has been made a top priority of the government that has already transformed the tax service so that a cosmonaut paid his taxes from space last year. Russia's economy is going online.