Eastern Europe / News

Gazprom's 'iron embrace' comes with a sting in the tail

Will Conroy in Prague February 17, 2017

Europe may not be able to block a potential bid by the Russian group to use the TAP pipeline.

US tone hardens on Ukraine-Russia tensions

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv February 17, 2017

Kyiv is encouraged by tougher US line on Crimea, Donbas conflict.

Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector amid coal blockade

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2017

EU also warns of a "vast energy crisis" in the country as power output is threatened.

New stadiums won't hide Russia's poverty wound

Nick Allen in Warsaw February 10, 2017

While Russians like their country's renewed international clout, it comes at a high cost for the state budget.

64 Russian “elite” companies win a free pass from procurement rules

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow February 9, 2017

Decree exempts RT broadcaster, hotels, bookshops, and office supply store from tighter anti-corruption and transparency measures.

Kremlin opponent Navalny given new suspended jail sentence

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2017

Verdict knocks anti-corruption campaigner out of 2018 presidential race.

Detsky Mir stake sold for €333mn in Russia's first IPO of 2017

Ben Aris in Berlin February 8, 2017

Iconic Children’s World chain closed Russia's second-largest IPO in three years.

Russia objects to Donbas conflict portrayal by new US administration

bne IntelliNews February 6, 2017

White House still finding its feet in the nuances of the almost three-year-old rebellion in East Ukraine.

Lukashenko slams Russia over energy dispute, border security

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk February 3, 2017

"We can do without Russian oil," defiant Belarusian president says in response to "humiliation" by Moscow.

Belarus reportedly mulls leaving Eurasian Economic Union as relations with Russia worsen

bne IntelliNews February 2, 2017

Tensions between Minsk and Moscow have steadily risen over energy and border control disputes, and the rejection of Russia's request to build a military airbase in Belarus.

Sberbank and CEO Gref hit with $750mn corporate raiding lawsuit

Jason Corcoran in London January 25, 2017

Controlling shareholders of Pavlovskgranit say Russian state bank and its ex-finance minister head entered secret deal to illegally seize company and ensure its elimination.

Syria peace talks end with ceasefire communique but rebel support is lacking

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2017

The warring parties have agreed to participate in a further round of negotiations to be held in Geneva on February 8.

Trump's pick for US Treasury chief says 100% committed to Russia sanctions

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2017

During the Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings, Steven Mnuchin said he is 100% committed to enforcing the sanctions against Russia.

Investors left pining for a united Cyprus

Will Conroy in Prague January 22, 2017

The discovery of offshore gas had raised hopes that Turkey might accept reunification of the island.

Ukraine seeks common ground with new US leadership

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv January 22, 2017

Kyiv will continue to be heavily dependent on Western donor aid in the coming years, and the US’s stance towards its reform programme will remain crucial.

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