A Pew poll finds conservative attitudes still rule in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin June 22, 2017

A poll by Pew Research found that attitudes to both democracy and homosexuality remain very conservative in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including among the young.

Russia places $3bn Eurobonds to high demand

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2017

Demand flies in face of current US moves to significantly broaden Russia sanctions imposed in 2014.

Floodgates open for Al Breach hedge fund as profits quadruple

Jason Corcoran in Moscow June 21, 2017

Emerging market investment start-up posted a profit of £1.378mn ($1.75mn) last year compared with £361,171 in 2015.

Russia’s Rosatom selling 49% in $20bn Akkuyu nuclear project to Turks

bne IntelliNews June 19, 2017

Russian state atomic energy corporation set to sign preliminary deal to sell stake in nuclear project Turkey badly needs to cut costs of imported energy.

MACRO ADVISER: Russia's Asian pivot starts to pay off

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory June 19, 2017

Chinese investment links to Russia are rising and broadening, and Moscow is now able to win better terms than before.

KRUK REPORT: New language laws are not the next Ukrainian powder keg

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv June 19, 2017

Western commentators rush in too fast with Kremlin's take on the language issue, says columnist Kateryna Kruk.

Sino-Russia trade on course to hit $200bn in 2020

bne IntelliNews June 19, 2017

​Trade turnover between Russia and China is on course to reach $80bn in 2017, but progress has not been steady and the partners will have to work hard to hit the new target of $200bn by 2020.

BEAR MARKET BRIEF: Can IT revive Russia’s economy?

Aaron Schwartzbaum in Washington DC June 19, 2017

Russian government plans remain vague and still obsessed with security, while the sector lacks seed finance.

Russia has not touched its reserves funds this year, but it will

Ben Aris in Berlin June 19, 2017

Higher than expected oil prices meant Russia did not have to touch its reserve funds so far in 2017 to prop up budget spending. But the finance ministry says it will have to dip into them in the second half of 2017.

Spotlight trained on Russia for 2018 World Cup dress rehearsal

Jason Corcoran in Moscow June 16, 2017

Thugs, bombs, slave labour claims, high ticket prices and wary sponsors are some of the clouds looming over Russia's big sporting year.

Russian stocks hammered by new US sanctions law

Ben Aris in Berlin June 16, 2017

Russian stock market immediately sold off by 1.7% on the approval of new US sanctions and took the index to its lowest level this year.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin plays to the gallery in annual marathon call-in

Ben Aris in Berlin June 15, 2017

President concentrates on problems faced by normal Russians during four-hour session, with half an eye on 2018 presidential elections he is widely expected to win.

Russia enjoys third year of natural population growth

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2017

Predictions of Russia's literal imminent demise have proven wrong again as the country enjoyed its third consecutive year of natural population growth, President Vladimir Putin said in a fragment of his interview to US filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Construction workers abused at Russia's World Cup stadiums, rights watchdog claims

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2017

Conditions faced by workers at stadiums being built to host the championship come under harsh scrutiny in a new Human Rights Watch report.

US Senate approves tougher Russia sanctions

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2017

Legislation receives broad bipartisan support despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for "flexibility" in Russia policy.

Global recruiter Antal International buys back its Russian firm

Jason Corcoran in Moscow June 14, 2017

Russian market ripe for return after three years in the doldrums, says CEO Tony Goodwin.

Russia ranks number 1 in the world for online dating app share

East West Digital News June 14, 2017

Russia has been ranked number one for dating app share of total app downloads. In this country, 0.39% of app downloads are dating apps. Following closely behind Russia is Brazil, with 0.38% of dating app shares, according to Sensortower data.

Russia dominates CEE region in global university ranking

Nicholas Watson in Prague June 13, 2017

Emerging markets are starting to feature more prominently on the QS World University Rankings, with Russia's top five universities all advancing more than 10 places on the latest index.

Russian equity wrap for May sees investors switch to consumer stocks

Ben Aris in Berlin June 13, 2017

May saw Russia’s investors pile into abundant Eurobond issues, which doubled m/m, expanding their portfolios by 7% over the monthly average. Equity was more mixed, but retail was the big winner.

STOLYPIN: Life after Putin becomes debatable

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague June 12, 2017

Feverish speculation over Dmitri Medvedev's successor reflects a feeling that President Vladimir Putin is running out of steam, that he has no new ideas, and diminishing enthusiasm for the job.