Eastern Europe / Opinion

STOLYPIN: Russia balances wargames with mindgames in Zapad exercises

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague September 20, 2017

Zapad shows the progress that has been made in rebuilding Russia’s military strength – and the extent to which Putin is relying on hype and hyperbole to make up for the rest.

KRUK REPORT: All the borders have been crossed

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv September 11, 2017

When irresponsible politicians play with rules instead of following them, the one who ends up paying is the country itself. Before September 10, I thought Poroshenko was smarter and Saakashvili was less self-centered.

COMMENT: Central European stock markets still look good, while Russia's is improving

Peter Szopo of Erste Asset Management August 22, 2017

2017, so far, has been the best year for Central European equities since 2012, while the Russian index has been the worst performing major stock market.

COMMENT: How will the new US sanctions affect Russia’s economy?

Oleksandr Valchyshen in Kyiv August 18, 2017

The success of the sanctions will depend on whether Russia succeeds in transforming its economy.

KRUK REPORT: Saakashvili is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship as Poroshenko’s re-election campaign gets underway

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv July 27, 2017

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, the latest move in President Petro Poroshenko's increasingly obvious preparations for re-election in 2019.