Eastern Europe / Opinion

BEAR MARKET WATCH: Putin’s 70/70 corporate re-election plan for 2018

Aaron Schwartzbaum in New York March 29, 2017

Two pieces of news have gone largely under the radar, both with major implications for the 2018 election: the Kremlin’s plans to use state-owned enterprises as get-out-the-vote machines; and to watch the regions for signs of instability.

INVISIBLE HAND: Foreign investors in Russia ignore Cold War rhetoric

Liam Halligan in London March 28, 2017

For all the Cold War chest beating, Russia’s growth uptick has sparked renewed foreign direct investment.

STOLYPIN: Corruption in Russia remains Putin’s biggest threat

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague March 27, 2017

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has offered hope that change may be possible, and connected corruption at the top with hardships experienced by ordinary Russians.

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Conradi asks pertinently, “Who Lost Russia?”

Nicholas Watson in Prague March 21, 2017

The writing is solid, embellished with great detail and research, giving some new information here, reminding of some forgotten nugget there, though it lacks any penetrating new insight or revelation.

COMMENT: The trillion dollar bill of US protectionism

Peter Szopo of Erste Asset Management March 21, 2017

Emerging market stocks have been hit harder than it appears by the election of President Donald Trump.

CONFERENCE CALL: Ukraine investment summit strikes pragmatic tone

Ben Aris in London March 21, 2017

In 2016 Ukraine's economy returned to growth after collapsing since the Maidan protests. But the transformation can still be derailed as in 2018 the government must start paying back billions of dollars in debt. Is the country strong enough?

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia emerges as a wheat superpower

Yigal Chazan of Alaco March 20, 2017

Russian grain producers lead an agricultural revival that has seen record food exports.

KRUK REPORT: Justice is on trial in Ukraine

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv March 13, 2017

Tax service chief Roman Nasirov's detention on corruption charges is a litmus test for change in Ukraine.

STOLYPIN: Russia amidst an overhaul of the political stage

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague March 9, 2017

Russia’s political theatre “closed for reconstruction” as Putin eyes fourth presidential term after 2018 election.

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