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Mongolia urged to “open door” to Russian Mongols who want return to ancestral roots

Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar March 2, 2024

Campaigners want compatriots law that would apply to peoples of Russia’s Buddhist republics and minorities with Mongolic origins the world over.

Kyrgyzstan: As net tightens around Matraimov, Japarov is clearing field of viable threats

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet March 1, 2024

All the corrupt former customs chief's one-time allies are scrambling to disavow him.

LONG READ: China and Russia, the industrial production superpowers that could win a war

Ben Aris in Berlin March 1, 2024

China is now "the world’s sole manufacturing superpower" and Russia’s productive capability is greater than that of Germany’s, according to recent studies on the changes to the world’s manufacturing make-up.

In Ukraine’s Donbas, complex questions of identity and loyalty

Neil Hauer in Sviatohirsk February 29, 2024

An unrepentantly Russian Orthodox colony now finds itself accused of wavering loyalties by Ukraine’s political leadership.

Liberty Steel's financial crisis is just the latest blow for CEE's steel industry

Robert Anderson in Prague February 28, 2024

The woes of Liberty Steel's mills also reflect the struggle of former Communist Central and Eastern Europe’s once mighty steel sector to remain competitive.

Lack of shipping capacity thwarts Russian LNG ambitions

Newsbase February 28, 2024

Western sanctions are thwarting Russia’s planned expansion in the global LNG market.

US hit Russian banks with most effective sanctions yet

Ben Aris in Berlin February 28, 2024

The US has unleashed two rounds of sanctions on Russia’s banks that are proving to be some of the most effective measures to curb Russia’s ability to do business yet.

KREMLIN LEAKS: how the Kremlin plans to fix the presidential elections

Ben Aris in Berlin February 27, 2024

Leaked documents from the Kremlin have revealed details of President Vladimir Putin's meticulous plans for securing his re-election in March, VS Square reported on February 26.

Azerbaijan developing significant gold, copper and other minerals resources

Seymur Mammadov in Baku February 26, 2024

The British company Anglo Asian Mining, which mines gold, silver, and copper in Azerbaijan, has completed a preliminary assessment of the mineral resources of the Kharkhar copper deposit. The country has significant deposits of many minerals.

Western Balkans is ideal nearshoring destination, says EBRD regional director

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 26, 2024

"Island within the EU" is attracting growing flows of FDI, EBRD's Matteo Colangeli tells bne IntelliNews.

Time to face some harsh realities about the war in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

The shock of Russia’s surprise invasion of Ukraine on February 24 two years ago was quickly followed by awe at the heroic defence of Kyiv, then delight as Ukrainians fought back, popping the tops of tanks and running circles around the Russians.

Soaring bank deposits in Russia’s poorest regions show where the Kremlin is recruiting its soldiers

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

Russia does not release information on the numbers of mobilised and recruited men, or casualties of war in Ukraine; however, the Bank of Finland institute for Emerging Economies has dug into public banking records to work out where soldiers are from.

World Bank says Emerging Europe needs tougher targets to reach net zero by 2060

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague February 22, 2024

New World Bank report charts path to net zero energy in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, but says current ambitions are too modest.

PANNIER: There’s 21st century "gold" in them thar Central Asian hills

Bruce Pannier February 22, 2024

Poor nations Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan hoping for a critical raw materials bonanza.

Kupiansk: Russia’s next target?

Neil Hauer in Kupiansk February 21, 2024

Russia seeks to exploit Ukrainian ammunition and manpower shortages, particularly in the run-up to Vladimir Putin’s ceremonial re-election in mid-March.

Fall of Avdiivka gives Russia the military initiative and Putin a political gift ahead of presidential elections

Ben Aris in Berlin February 21, 2024

The withdrawal from Avdiivka was the correct decision to safeguard the lives of Ukrainian defenders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

Navalny's wife Yulia prepares to step into her dead husband's shoes

Ben Aris in Berlin February 20, 2024

In a video posted on Alexey Navalny’s YouTube channel on February 20, the Russian opposition leader’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, announced that she plans to continue his work in his absence.

Opponents look to Constitutional Court and Brussels to block Slovakia's criminal justice reform

Albin Sybera February 20, 2024

Some observers believe the EU is not yet really focussed on Slovakia or may try to avoid getting into another battle over the rule of law, which has already blighted its relations with Hungary and Poland.

Azerbaijani automotive industry motoring ahead

Seymur Mammadov in Baku Ben Aris in Berlin February 20, 2024

Russian automaker AvtoVaz is moving into Azerbaijan and in talks to set up the large-scale assembly of its famous Lada family of vehicles in the country.

Middle Eastern investors pour into Africa

Jason Mitchell February 19, 2024

Middle Eastern investment into Africa is becoming one of the most important sources of new capital, with projects valued at more than $53bn announced in 2023.

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