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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.

Who produces oil and gas in Uzbekistan?

Newsbase February 19, 2024

Uzbekistan is not a major exporter of energy resources, unlike neighbouring Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, though it is home to quite substantial hydrocarbon resources.

Evidence mounts Navalny didn’t die from natural causes

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2024

Evidence that opposition blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny didn’t die from natural causes is mounting as more information emerges from the circumstances surrounding his death on February 16.

European legal experts add to the growing debate on the legitimacy of the sanctions on Russia’s richest men

Ben Aris in Berlin February 19, 2024

The EU General Court in Luxembourg recently dismissed the sanctions appeal of the Uzbek-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's appeal against sanctions imposed on him, but legal experts polled by European Interest have criticised the ruling.

Children's home crisis threatens very foundation of Orban regime, say analysts

Tamas Csonka in Budapest February 14, 2024

Hungarian strongman accused of "hiding behind the skirts" of his female minions.

The Russian billionaire who became a double enemy of the state

Ben Aris in Berlin February 13, 2024

“The fate of Russian businessman Arkady Volozh is more than just astonishing. It's actually illogical.”

PANNIER: Russia the loser as wider world of migrant work opens up to Uzbek citizens

Bruce Pannier February 9, 2024

Germany, South Korea and Israel look to Uzbekistan to fill 160,000 or more job vacancies. Tashkent likely keen to diversify sources of remittances.

LONG READ: Voters prepare to punish North Macedonia's ruling SDSM for broken promises

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 9, 2024

Shift back to nationalist VMRO-DPMNE over SDSM's controversial concessions to North Macedonia's neighbours and domestic policy failures.

Tucker Carlson gives Putin a platform to justify his war in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin February 9, 2024

US journalist Tucker Carlson gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a platform to lay out his justification for attacking Ukraine and clashing with the West that was posted on the ex-Fox News commentator’s X channel on February 8.

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