Russia’s Uralsib brought down to earth as bank puts UK unit up for sale

Jason Corcoran in Moscow October 25, 2016

The lender with reputed Kremlin links cuts its astronomically costly ‘rocket ship to the stars’ UK operation.

Czech National Bank shutters Russian exports lender ERB

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Russian-owned lender is also alleged to have been involved in helping Moscow fund populist political parties in the EU.

Donbas security vs elections dispute weighs down new Ukraine peace hopes

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk October 21, 2016

The four-country summit just held in Berlin brought a mixed bag of results, with real concessions made amid reiterated stock demands that paralysed almost two years of efforts to end the conflict in East Ukraine.

EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

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EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

United Capital Partners – Russian rainmakers trying to change their spots

Jason Corcoran in Moscow October 20, 2016

UCP’s newfound role as champion of activist investment in Russia is questioned given the finance firm’s ties to people in high places.

Rosneft-led group acquires India's Essar Oil for $13bn

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Multi-billion-dollar energy and defence deals are hoped to overcome strains appearing in Russian-Indian relationship over Pakistan.

COMMENT: New Cold War or hollow clatter of new Russian sabres?

Nick Allen in Warsaw October 14, 2016

Russia's recent sabre rattling has invoked the spectre of military confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.

FINTECH: A Flare for making blockchain scalable

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

The most immediate challenge for blockchain is scaling the technology so it can handle increased transaction traffic in the years to come. Bitfury and Lightning Network have taken a big step towards this.

STOLYPIN: Late Putinism – between limbo and the lightning bolt

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 12, 2016

This is the way of high politics under Putin: you either drift in limbo or are struck by the implacable and unpredictable lightning bolt from the heavens. Late Putinism isn’t working, but who will brave the lightning bolts to tell him?

Montenegro election becomes referendum on Russia vs Nato

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 12, 2016

Moscow-backed opposition parties seek to put the brakes on the tiny country’s progress towards Nato accession.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Putin plans to shake up his security services

Christopher Poulton of Alaco October 11, 2016

The reported creation of an all-powerful intelligence agency may have been prompted by the chaotic state of the sector.

Sceptics doubt Brexit forcing Russia's VTB from London

Jason Corcoran in Moscow October 11, 2016

Russia watchers cite growing losses by the state bank's UK unit amid Western sanctions, as well as tight regulatory inspection and the high cost of real estate in London.

Turkey, Russia sign key pipeline deal as ties improve

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2016

The two countries move fast to rebuild ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.

Russian austerity planned for 2017-2019 "election budget"

bne IntelliNews October 7, 2016

The outlines of Russia’s next three-year budget are emerging: The 2017-2019 budget will impose austerity on the government, but pave the way for the 2018 presidential elections. Defence spending will fall, social spending will rise.

Russia's RenCap sees UK profits plunge as China suitor hovers

Jason Corcoran in Moscow October 7, 2016

The London-based business generated a profit last year of $717,000 compared with $1.3mn a year earlier, according to a recent filing made at UK Companies House.

Russia hails Opec deal while stoking own oil production

Nick Allen in Warsaw October 7, 2016

Russia will remain the wild card in oil production forecasts.

Russia’s largest privatisation in a decade will be an insider Kremlin deal

bne IntelliNews October 7, 2016

Rosneft will acquire 50.8% of Bashneft by year’s end, despite both being state-controlled companies.

STOLYPIN: Russia’s imaginary enemy

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 6, 2016

What may seem like petulant antics actually reflects a difficult and dangerous underlying problem: Putin genuinely believes the West is out to get him.

LONG READ: The difficult dialogue of civilisations

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 6, 2016

“Europe is not in crisis. It is a crisis!” thundered former Czech president Vaclav Klaus. Is Central Europe undermining EU solidarity? EU leaders, past and present, met at the Rhodes Forum 2016 to discuss the issues, but came up with few answers.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria tries to keep Russia sweet

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 6, 2016

Recent political developments only confirm that Russia is still very influential in Bulgaria and is likely to remain so.

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