Eastern Europe / Features

Armenia’s Pashinyan, Turkey’s Erdogan set for unprecedented face-to-face Prague meeting

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 6, 2022

Encounter is “huge” says analyst. However, hopes for a breakthrough in resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are low.

Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

Belarus’ turn to China

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2022

Last week, Belarus began its accenssion to the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the two countries both signed a deepened strategic partnership. But what does Belarus have to gain from increased integration with China?

Georgia’s border clogged with thousands of Russians fleeing the Kremlin’s mobilisation

Mack Tubridy in Stepantsminda on the Russian-Georgian border September 29, 2022

After Vladimir Putin escalated the war in Ukraine with a mobilisation order, thousands of Russians are trying to enter Georgia to avoid being drafted and sent to the front lines in the war in Ukraine.

Meloni won the elections, but her programme won’t make Italy the next Hungary

Marco Cacciati in Berlin September 29, 2022

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing nationalist party, “Fratelli d’Italia” (FDI, “Brothers of Italy”), won a convincing victory in the general elections, but raised fears that the country will move closer to Moscow as a result.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Belarus Corruption Watch: How sanctioned Belarusian oligarch Mikalai Varabei’s family has managed to keep its real estate holdings in the EU

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Despite having come under EU sanctions in late 2020 for being the “oil money man” of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, Mikalai Varabei and his family have somehow managed to preserve some of their riches in the EU.

Russian oil exports still booming and the EU is still a major buyer

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2022

One of the side-effects of the EU stepping up imports of US oil is that it has increased European demand for Russian diesel.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins set to benefit from hardline stance on Ukraine war

Linas Jegelevicius in Riga September 28, 2022

Baltic state's election campaign has been dominated by the cost of living crisis and Russia's invasion.

Kazakhstan shows generous side amid Russian stampede, but tensions are rising

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 27, 2022

Pressure to accommodate draft dodgers makes it difficult for a country that nationalists in Russia have targeted with veiled threats over claims to northern territories.

Kazakhstan offers Europe chance to kick its Russian uranium habit

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 26, 2022

Obstacle to hopes is Russia’s ownership of 40% of world's uranium conversion infrastructure, vital to making nuclear fuel.

Belarus corruption watch: The Belarusian government elites' EU vacations

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2022

Despite their current hatred for Western Europe, a new investigation by the Belarusian Investigative Centre shows that a wide range of Belarusian government officials own real estate in, and frequently travel to, the EU.

Russian media airing increasingly Armenia-sceptic narrative

Ani Mejlumyan of Eurasianet September 23, 2022

Armenians could usually rely on favourable coverage from the media of its strategic ally. Following another escalation, that no longer seems to be the case.

DATACRUNCH: Europe's energy crisis in charts

Ben Aris in Berlin September 22, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin's two most powerful weapons in his conflict with the West are inflation and power prices.

Energy crisis: Europe’s industry shutting down

Ben Aris in Berlin September 20, 2022

Dozens of plants across a diverse range of industries such as steel, aluminium, fertilisers and the power industry have been forced to close up shop as sky-high gas and power prices make their businesses lossmaking.

Could Mongolia host a China-Russia oil pipeline?

bne IntelliNews September 17, 2022

Russia proudly unveiled plans in 2019 to build a second natural gas pipeline to China, this time traversing Mongolia. As the EU drives to sever all energy ties with Russia, Moscow now appears to be pushing for an oil pipeline too.

For Armenians, CSTO is missing in action

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan for Eurasianet September 16, 2022

The Russia-led security bloc is supposed to oblige members to come to one another’s defence. But its response so far to Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenia has been anaemic.

LONG READ: Can Europe keep the lights on this winter?

Ben Aris in Berlin September 15, 2022

Europe faces a major energy crisis this winter that will test the continent’s power supply systems to the limit. The EU wants to reach zero emissions by 2050, but power plant decommissioning has exposed the bloc to Russian gas blackmail.

Belarus’ government looks for ways boost its domestic forestry market

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2022

As western sanctions against Belarus forrest industry hit, Belarus' government is looking to sell industrial timber to individuals while also diversifying its domestic wood products market.

INTERVIEW: "We are focused on supporting Ukrainian businesses and government needs" – Dimitar Bogov, EBRD

Dominic Culverwell in Kyiv September 14, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated the country, causing billions of dollars worth of damage to infrastructure, houses and industry. Kyiv and its international allies have discussed a “Marshall Plan” for Ukraine at several key events.