Eurasia / News

EBRD posts another record lending year after boycotting Russia, spreading wings

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2018

Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine and Poland make up the top four investment destinations for the development bank, expected to post strong 2017 profits despite taking a hit from currency depreciations.

Trump thrown question on dubious Kazakh money during Nazarbayev visit

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2018

“No idea,” responds US president after reporter poses question at White House on Trump SoHo, a Manhattan skyscraper reportedly of interest to US special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump agrees “last chance” waiver to preserve Iran nuclear deal

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2018

Despite more fiery talk, US president once more refrains from taking the wrecking ball to accord with Tehran but demands quick action to change its provisions.

European powers urge Trump not to press Iran nuclear deal destruction button

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2018

The accord is working and nobody has come up with a better alternative, EU foreign ministers tell US president as White House sanctions waiver deadline looms.

Mongolian Copper Corporation battles decision to nationalise stake in Erdenet mine

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 10, 2018

Mining company chief warns the move will make foreign investors wary of entering Mongolia.

Khamenei outlines claimed foreign plot behind Iran unrest and refers to Trump's “psychotic episodes”

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2018

Supreme leader says protests were fomented by US and Israel, financed by “wealthy” neighbour and assisted by UK broadcasts.

Iranian protests about more than economic hardship, Rouhani says in swipe at hardliners

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2018

Demonstrations led by young generations also voiced political and social demands, says centrist president.

Turkish banker Atilla convicted in Iran sanctions-busting case

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2018

Manhattan federal court jury finds Halkbank deputy CEO guilty on five of six counts in trial that implicated President Erdogan as having been aware of a complex money laundering network.

Iranian unrest will soon die out says minister

bne IntelliNews January 2, 2018

Street protests have been “curbed” says deputy interior chief as supreme leader accuses “enemies of Iran” of using tools including cash and intelligence apparatus to create troubles.

Iranian state TV says 10 killed in latest anti-government tumult

bne IntelliNews January 1, 2018

Authorities concentrate on keeping the lid on protests in Tehran as demonstrations over hardship continue in provincial cities and towns.

Iranian protests seen as revolt of the provincial poor

bne IntelliNews December 31, 2017

Middle-class Tehran said to have been taken aback by start of protests largely triggered by poverty-stricken Iranians fed up of waiting for ‘trickledown’ from Iran’s supposed economic rebound.

Kazakhs lose faith in national currency

Kanat Shaku in Almaty December 22, 2017

Kazakhs have grown accustomed to the tenge crashing abruptly and despite the introduction of a free-float regime expectations of yet another shock devaluation threaten to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

US bank freezes $22.6bn in Kazakh National Fund assets as part of dispute with Moldovan investor

bne IntelliNews December 22, 2017

Entrepreneur tries to recover money invested in gas field and LPG projects, which, he claims, Kazakh officials tried to harass him into selling cheaply.