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MACRO ADVISORY: Uzbekistan Terraforming: Privatization is the next stage

MACRO ADVISORY: Uzbekistan Terraforming: Privatization is the next stage

Since the election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in December 2016, Uzbekistan has been on a fast-track programme to transform what was, for the previous 25 years, a no-go investment zone. Privatisation is the next step.

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COMMENT: Russian offshore? Not so fast...

COMMENT: Russian offshore? Not so fast...

The two offshore zones established in Russia last August for the purposes of tempting foreign-based Russian businesses back to the Motherland have yet to catch on.

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COMMENT: Russia’s GDP growth slows in 1Q19, challenging the policy framework

COMMENT: Russia’s GDP growth slows in 1Q19, challenging the policy framework

Russian GDP growth slowed from 2.7% year on year in 4Q18 to just 0.5% y/y in 1Q19, well below expectations. Unlike most commentators, we attribute this slowdown to a pause in the state CAPEX rather than to the VAT hike.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the biggest grain exporter of them all?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the biggest grain exporter of them all?

The race is on between Ukraine and Russia for the title of “world’s biggest grain exporter” and the two rivals are running neck and neck.

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BRICKS & MORTAR: Russian real estate market getting back on its feet

BRICKS & MORTAR: Russian real estate market getting back on its feet

Russia’s real estate market is back in play after investment rose by 30% y/y in the first quarter of this year, reports JLL – the best result in the last three years.

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VOX: Moldova's banking sector turns the corner

VOX: Moldova's banking sector turns the corner

Following the shock of the $1bn stolen from the banking sector in 2014 the government has got its act together and is transforming the business, with some help from the EBRD.

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Political fighting intensifies in Poland as film documenting Catholic clergy's abuse of kids goes viral to millions

Political fighting intensifies in Poland as film documenting Catholic clergy's abuse of kids goes viral to millions

The film’s skyrocketing popularity has forced political leaders take positions on the issue as the campaign for the European Parliament elections heats up.

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War, huh… What is it good for?

War, huh… What is it good for?

Trump and Iran’s Khamenei were on May 14 among many taking on the question of whether a military showdown between the US and the Islamic Republic is on the cards.

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COMMENT: Russia's controversial sovereign internet bill will stoke the very protests it is designed to quell

COMMENT: Russia's controversial sovereign internet bill will stoke the very protests it is designed to quell

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 1 signed the controversial sovereign internet bill into law. It will come into force November 1 despite the concern, confusion and even ridicule on show during its State Duma readings.

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