Eurasia / News

Trump the joker in the pack in Iranian election

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2017

Trump has proved a blessing for Iranian hardliners and a ratcheting up of the anti-Tehran rhetoric from Washington could boost their chances against incumbent President Rouhani.

Georgia set for major presidential, parliamentary election reforms

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2017

Scrapping of direct election of president will leave ruling party facing no real political checks on power, observers say.

Yerevan calls on diaspora to help rebuild Armenia

Carmen Valache in Lund March 21, 2017

Armenian government campaign would be more enticing if it undertook structural reforms to improve the investment environment.

Russian court upholds $420mn ruling against former BTA Bank chairman

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2017

BTA pursuing Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov through the international courts as bank's collapse continues to have repercussions for local banking sector.

Abkhazia’s ex-President Ankvab rattles ruling party by taking parliament seat

Carmen Valache in Lund March 14, 2017

Ankvab received death threats after returning from exile in Russia to run in parliamentary election.

Government remains in the dark about Kazakh shadow economy

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty March 13, 2017

Capital amnesty programme falls well below target, largely benefits corrupt elite and ignores offshore money flows.

Financing for landmark gas project at risk after Azerbaijan quits EITI

Carmen Valache in Lund March 10, 2017

Energy transparency initiative suspends Baku over crackdown on human rights.

Kyrgyz president tests young democracy's mettle

bne IntelliNews March 7, 2017

Almazbek Atambayev arrests prominent opponent and restricts freedoms in run-up to shift towards non-executive presidency.

ECHR suspends Georgian Supreme Court's Rustavi 2 TV verdict

Carmen Valache in Lund March 6, 2017

European judges put temporary block on decision to hand back control of opposition channel to former owner.

'Bad bank' to grease merger of top two Kazakh lenders KKB and Halyk

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2017

Provisional deal hinges on Problem Loans Fund absorbing KKB's rotten loans.

Georgia's Supreme Court reinstates ex-owner of anti-government broadcaster

Carmen Valache in Lund March 3, 2017

Landmark case has sparked criticism over politicisation of judiciary and state of press freedom in Georgia.

Iran bares its steel teeth

Will Conroy in Prague March 1, 2017

Eurofer has declared that Iranian steel exports have become a “threat” to European producers.

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