Ukraine

COMMENT: Making Ukrainian energy independence a reality

Alan Apter May 25, 2017

The independence of Ukraine’s energy market remains of fundamental importance to the country’s stability and prosperity.

Ukrainian prosecutors raid ex-PrivatBank officials and firms suspected of €9bn fraud

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2017

Lender is suspected of providing multi-billion credits to related parties in 2008-2016, including using refinancing funds obtained from the central bank.

COMMENT: Rebuilding trust in Ukraine’s financial system

Yakiv Smolii of the National Bank of Ukraine May 25, 2017

From breaking the grip of the oligarchs to curbing inflation, acting governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yakiiv Smolii, sees landmark progress since the Euromaidan revolution.

FINTECH: Bitfury and Ukraine finalising e-government blockchain projects

Nicholas Watson in Prague May 23, 2017

Euromaidan was a cry from Ukrainians to have a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, so it’s fitting Ukraine will be the first in the world to realise the full potential of blockchain to revolutionise e-government.

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine goes overboard with Russian internet bans

Nick Allen in Warsaw May 21, 2017

Critics argue the restrictions violate freedom of speech and will be unenforceable.

KRUK REPORT: Ukraine feverish as giant healthcare reform hangs in the balance

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv May 19, 2017

Ambitious plans to overhaul the country's decrepit and corrupt healthcare system must survive parliamentary intrigues and a likely government reshuffle.

Bondholders of Ukraine's PrivatBank challenge bail-in in London court

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2017

Holders of hundreds of millions of dollars in securities say rights were violated during nationalisation of largest Ukrainian lender in December 2016.

Ukrainian pensioners sing the blues

Mark Raczkiewycz in Kyiv May 17, 2017

Successive governments have avoided raising the retirement age and have failed to encourage businesses and people to contribute more to the pension fund.

Ukraine's latest sanctions against Russia target social media, web portals, software and TV companies

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2017

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs new decree to step up sanctions against Russia

CEE'S TOP BUSINESS LEADERS: Eastern Europe and Eurasia

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2017

Our look at which business leaders really matter in each CEE/CIS country, ranked by our correspondents not just on wealth but on influence.

Ukraine prepares Eurobond and privatisation programme for autumn

Ben Aris in Nicosia May 11, 2017

Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk says that Privatbank owner Ihor Kolomoisky has until July to find the circa $6bn taken out of his bank and lent to related parties and shell companies.

Businesswomen seek a seat at the top table

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 11, 2017

The fall of communism has been followed by successive backlashes against feminism, the latest inspired by the election of populist rightwing governments.

CFA tries to raise financial awareness in emerging markets

Liam Halligan in Prague May 10, 2017

CFA Institute managing director Gary Baker talks to bne IntelliNews about winning back trust for the financial services industry and developing the sector's human capital.

CEE slowly warms up to energy efficiency

Carmen Valache in Lund May 10, 2017

Commercial banks have been slow to jump at the opportunity to finance small-scale energy efficiency projects because the return on investment for them tends to be low.

EBRD offers to help reduce state dominance of Ukraine banking sector

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv May 9, 2017

Nationalisation of stricken PrivatBank makes privatisation challenge even more daunting.

KRUK REPORT: Macron’s victory is a win for Kyiv

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv May 8, 2017

Cautious optimism in Ukraine after centrist Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential elections, but temperature of relations between Elysee Palace and Kremlin to determine Paris' position on Eastern Europe.

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