STOLYPIN: Is Putin’s trolling “making Russia great again”?

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague January 17, 2018

While there are numerous concerns and frustrations, the Kremlin appears to be going into 2018 relatively happy with its geopolitical situation.

COMMENT: Zeman quietly rounds up his base in campaign for second term

Seán Hanley in London January 10, 2018

The Czech president will be hoping that his non-campaign has been well pitched enough to rally his core support among poorer, older, less well-educated Czechs.

COMMENT: Bulgaria’s anti-corruption legislation becomes a political football

Nicholas Kaufmann in Brussels January 9, 2018

Bulgaria is doubling down on organised crime and corruption, but the problem could embarrass the government during its EU Presidency.

MACRO ADVISER: Investors into Russia should brace for a turbulent 2018

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory December 21, 2017

The big question is whether conditions for a sustained asset valuation rally in the second half and into 2019 can be put in place before the World Cup final whistle.

STOLYPIN: The weaponisation of tedium is Putin’s new strategy

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague December 18, 2017

The Russian president wants voters to believe that the world is too dangerous, the opposition too flaky, and the job too tedious and complex to contemplate any alternative.