Eastern Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: Timothy Ash trip notes from Kyiv: elections headed for a Tymoshenko win and no war with Russia

Tim Ash of BlueBay Asset Management December 13, 2018

I visited Kyiv this week, meeting with, politicians, diplomats, journalists and members of the business community. Obviously a large part of the focus was on looming presidential elections.

COMMENT: The state is back in the banking business in Central and Eastern Europe

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna December 10, 2018

For a few years now, foreign banks have been constantly losing market share in many of the larger Central-, Southeastern and Eastern European markets, but there is a shift in the game as state banks are proudly increasing their share in many markets

KRUK REPORT: Martial law — a view from Ukraine

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv December 4, 2018

We are now a week into martial law and the first emotional shock has worn off. At least, among the people. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s political opponents continue to criticise him for introducing martial law.

COMMENT: Who benefits from Russia-Ukraine naval skirmish?

Nikita Stepanov in Moscow November 27, 2018

Winters always bring scandals in Ukraine as politicians seek to distract the population from corruption scandals and low economic growth, but with elections looming this year the drama has increased

"Unfortunately, this film will remain relevant for a long time," - director Vitaly Mansky

Vadim Dumesh in Riga November 26, 2018

The documentary "Putin's Witnesses" is one of the most talked about films of 2018 with its intimate insider's look at Putin in the key 2000-2001 transition of power years. Vitaly Mansky had ring side seats

COMMENT: When will the west lift sanctions on Russia: 2019 or 2029?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna November 19, 2018

Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following its annexation of the Crimea in 2014 there has been constant speculation on when the US and EU sanctions will be lifted again. It could happen in 2019, or maybe after one or two decades

COMMENT: Ukraine’s economy: IMF deal provides relief, but challenges persist

Nick Piazza of SP Advisors in Kyiv November 15, 2018

The renewal of cooperation with the IMF and the launch of a new loan program remains the key determinant of market expectations domestically and internationally, but Ukraine can't get through next year with out its donor's help

COMMENT: Western sanctions against Russia: decision year in 2019 or 2029?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna November 15, 2018

Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following its annexation of the Crimea in 2014 there has been constant speculation on when the US and EU sanctions will be lifted again. It could happen in 2019, but if not then it will take a decade

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