Russia

Turkey to buy Russian missile defence system the “SA-21 Growler" for $2.5bn

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2017

Two of Russia’s advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system will be bought from Russia and another two will be produced in Turkey

Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin's presidential guards' construction empire

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow July 13, 2017

The main job of Russia’s Federal Protective Service is to guard President Vladimir Putin, but until recently it ran a secret and highly profitable construction empire that collapsed after getting entangled with St Petersburg's richest oligarch.

Yandex.Taxi and Uber join forces in six CIS countries

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

Russia’s premier online taxi service Yandex.Taxi has joined forces with local rival Uber to jointly offer their service in six CIS countries

MOSCOW BLOG: A tale of two countries – Russia vs Ukraine 1H17

Ben Aris in Berlin July 13, 2017

Both countries have emerged from the crisis and are starting to recover, but Ukraine remains a lot more vulnerable than Russia to any shocks in the near future.

Trade between Russia and China on course to hit $80bn target for this year

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

Trade turnover between Russia and China grew by almost 26% in the first half of 2017 and is on course to hit the $80bn target for this year.

CHINA RISING: Our series of features on China's expansion ambitions

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

A focus on China’s growing interest in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia looking at the implications in terms of geopolitics as well as business and investment

Bellwether Russia hedge fund Prosperity posts 600% surge in profits

Jason Corcoran in London July 12, 2017

As Russia’s economy starts to grow again, equity portfolio investors are cherry picking amongst the best companies, as their share prices remain undervalued, while their earnings outlooks are improving.

Reconstruction of Moscow's city centre is hurting retailers but vacancy rates passed bottom

bne IntelliNews July 11, 2017

Reconstruction of the city centre is hurting retailers but vacancy rates seem to have passed bottom, according to real estate consultant JJL.

CHINA RISING: Beijing's insatiable appetite transforms Central Asian oil and gas flows

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 11, 2017

The Western grip on Central Asian oil and gas flows is weakening, and half of the volumes could go east by 2020, according to the IEA.

CHINA RISING: Beijing stirs up Russia’s backyard

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 11, 2017

Central Asian states are looking to balance Moscow and Beijing, rather than switch masters.

MACRO ADVISER: The EEU will keep Russia in the Chinese OBOR game

Tom Adshead of Macro-Advisory July 10, 2017

Russia's goal in promoting the Eurasia Economic Union was not to recreate the Soviet Union, but simply to give it some leverage over China and its One Belt One Road strategy. And it looks like it will work.

CHINA RISING: Beijing puts down banking roots in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

Three banking acquisitions are already closed and two more are pending approval by regulators.

CHINA RISING: Russia China Investment Fund takes aim at Russia’s best equity stories

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

China's sovereign wealth fund has partnered with Russia’s and is ready to invest big bucks.

CHINA RISING: Eurasian eyes turn east

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

Russia is more and more seeing China’s push West as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Small East European nations in vanguard of cyber-defence

Will Conroy in Prague, Vadim Dumesh in Paris, Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw, Carmen Valache in Lund July 10, 2017

Estonia and Georgia, two nations that several years back suffered paralysing Russian cyber incursions, have made the top 10 in a fresh UN cybersecurity ranking.

COMMENT: Trying times for the WTO in Hamburg

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex July 10, 2017

Diplomats at the G20 summit in Hamburg managed to cobble together a compromise text promising not to resort to trade protectionism, but whether this will eliminate the threat of trade wars remains to be seen.

Russia’s first quarter equity sell off creates buying opportunity, says Aton

bne IntelliNews July 10, 2017

The dollar-denominated Russia Trading System index is down 13% this year and fell briefly below the psychologically important 1000 mark, making some investors ask if the market was so cheap it was worth a punt.

Putin and Trump discuss anti-terrorism, Ukraine and Syria crises

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2017

Cyber security also featured in 135-minute talks on sidelines of G20 summit in Hamburg.

Russian funding and junk bonds keep Belarus afloat

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv July 7, 2017

Unwilling to adopt liberal reforms demanded by the IMF for further loans, Belarus turns as expected to its eastern neighbour for support.

Bond markets flourish in the CIS to replace bank loans

Vladimir Kozlov in Cyprus July 7, 2017

The bond markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are flourishing as companies eschew traditional banking credits and instead issue paper to tap the pool of liquidity in the banking sector.

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