Russia

Gazprom's 'iron embrace' comes with a sting in the tail

Will Conroy in Prague February 17, 2017

Europe may not be able to block a potential bid by the Russian group to use the TAP pipeline.

US tone hardens on Ukraine-Russia tensions

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv February 17, 2017

Kyiv is encouraged by tougher US line on Crimea, Donbas conflict.

Fierce competition in Russian telecoms likely to lead to sector consolidation

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow February 15, 2017

Russia’s telecoms companies are at war as competition for customers gets intense. Easily the most sophisticated part of the Russian economy, the sector still has some catching up to do with Western Europe - but not much.

STOLYPIN: Belarus tests limits of Russian confidence

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

If Lukashenko gets away with his shakedown of Russia, it will be a useful indicator to just how confident the Russians really are behind their facade of cynical bombast.

Suspicious minds to keep Chinese farmers from milking Russia

Jason Corcoran in Moscow February 14, 2017

Curiously, there was no mention at all at the AgroFarm conference of the ambitious mega-project to build the biggest dairy farm in the world in China to supply Russia.

New stadiums won't hide Russia's poverty wound

Nick Allen in Warsaw February 10, 2017

While Russians like their country's renewed international clout, it comes at a high cost for the state budget.

64 Russian “elite” companies win a free pass from procurement rules

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow February 9, 2017

Decree exempts RT broadcaster, hotels, bookshops, and office supply store from tighter anti-corruption and transparency measures.

Kremlin opponent Navalny given new suspended jail sentence

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2017

Verdict knocks anti-corruption campaigner out of 2018 presidential race.

Detsky Mir stake sold for €333mn in Russia's first IPO of 2017

Ben Aris in Berlin February 8, 2017

Iconic Children’s World chain closed Russia's second-largest IPO in three years.

PwC says Russia to be biggest European economy by 2050

Ben Aris in Berlin February 8, 2017

Russia will be the biggest economy in Europe by 2050, consulants PwC said in a report on February 7 in its latest instalment of “The Long View: How will the global economic order change by 2050.”

Russia's inflation decline continues with 5% posted in January

bne IntelliNews February 7, 2017

The disinflation trend in Russia continues steadily after CPI was curbed to 5.4% in 2016.

Russia objects to Donbas conflict portrayal by new US administration

bne IntelliNews February 6, 2017

White House still finding its feet in the nuances of the almost three-year-old rebellion in East Ukraine.

Lukashenko slams Russia over energy dispute, border security

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk February 3, 2017

"We can do without Russian oil," defiant Belarusian president says in response to "humiliation" by Moscow.

VISEGRAD: Orban and Putin give little away in cautious presser

Dan Nolan in Budapest February 3, 2017

The mood between Orban and a pinched looking Putin – on his first visit to an EU member state since Donald Trump’s US election victory in November – was cagey rather than triumphant.

Belarus reportedly mulls leaving Eurasian Economic Union as relations with Russia worsen

bne IntelliNews February 2, 2017

Tensions between Minsk and Moscow have steadily risen over energy and border control disputes, and the rejection of Russia's request to build a military airbase in Belarus.

COLCHIS: The contagion of ‘unpolarity’

Michael Cecire of New America February 2, 2017

The murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey exposes the withered, snapping moorings of the old US-led unipolar order and an early preview of how an unpolar world might appear.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia makes big play for Iranian trade

Yigal Chazan of Alaco February 1, 2017

Moscow seizes the opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Tehran as Western investors sit on the sidelines.

Poland dominates a vibrant, growing fintech industry in CEE

Nicholas Watson in Prague January 30, 2017

Fintech start-ups are flourishing across Central and Eastern Europe, from Russia to Turkey, though Poland is probably the furthest ahead in establishing itself as the most important regional hub.

Betting on high yield debt in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin and Nicholas Watson in Prague January 30, 2017

There have been some positive developments in the CEE markets for distressed debt in the years since 2008, which have combined to open up new opportunities for intrepid investors. 

Is the Belarusian president running out of fence to sit on?

Nick Allen in Warsaw January 27, 2017

Lukashenko has long played the mid-ground between traditional ties with Moscow and likely windfalls from better relations with the EU. But economic hardship and sovereignty jitters will soon require tough choices.

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