Eastern Europe / Opinion

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Russia’s elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic

Yigal Chazan and Nicolae Reutoi of Alaco November 20, 2017

There is a strong possibility that Xenia Sobchak will draw away some of Alexei Navalny’s supporters: those losing faith in him and others preferring a less confrontational approach towards the Kremlin.

MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Has Ukraine finally turned the corner?

Michael Henderson and Daragh McDowell of Verisk Maplecroft November 16, 2017

Ukraine has seen a sustained improvement in macroeconomic fundamentals, but the volatile geopolitical and domestic political backdrop means investors will need strong stomachs.

MACRO ADVISER: Six reasons why Russia does not want a higher oil price

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory November 16, 2017

If oil stays in the $60-65 range, or higher, then Russian support for an Opec deal extension is very unlikely.

STOLYPIN: The importance of Russia’s unimportant prime minister

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague November 15, 2017

Vladimir Putin’s choice will be a potential indicator of the direction he plans to take in his fourth presidential term.

KRUK REPORT: Is Ukraine changing its Donbas policies?

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv October 13, 2017

Drama staged by Ukrainian MPs averted attention from the essence of the recently considered Donbas laws, which is sad because the Ukrainian parliament had before it probably the most decisive law on Donbas ever.