INTERVIEW: Kyrylo Shevchenko, Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The National Bank of Ukraine's (NBU) clean-up of the banking sector and prudent monetary policy have been some of the outstanding successes of Ukraine’s reform programme.

M.Video-Eldorado Group – Russia's retail lion

Ben Aris in Berlin June 27, 2021

The merger between Russian consumer electronics giants M.Video and Eldorado in March 2018 created the biggest electronics retailer in Europe, but now it is in a new race against fast growing e-commerce companies.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Srebrenica casts a long shadow over regional politics

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 25, 2021

Montenegro’s resolution on the Srebrenica genocide sparks tensions at home and across former Yugoslavia.

Gazprom reportedly withholds gas supplies to drive up European prices

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

Gazprom is intentionally withholding gas supplies to drive up prices in Europe, according to the FT. But not everyone agrees.

Tajikistan: COVID-19 crisis escalates, forcing government to drop denials

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet June 24, 2021

China has delivered 300,000 doses of vaccine, but will the public want them?

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Seven decades of Bosnia’s “red capitalist” Energoinvest

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo June 23, 2021

Energoinvest is one of the few large Bosnian companies that survived the wars of the 1990s and their aftermath.

Fix Price: the bricks and mortar retail disruptor

Ben Aris in Berlin June 23, 2021

The stagnation of real incomes in Russia is driving the business of Fix Price, the leading hard discounter that is now one of the fastest growing retail businesses in the world.

Belarusian prosecution asks for 15-year sentence for jailed presidential candidate Viktor Babariko

Ben Aris in Berlin June 23, 2021

Belarus’ prosecution has asked for the maximum 15-year sentence for the jailed presidential candidate Viktor Babariko, who has been on remand for a year on embezzlement charges.

DATACRUNCH: Central banks hike rates in the fight against inflation

Ben Aris in Berlin June 22, 2021

The economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are bouncing back from the pandemic recession but this will also stimulate inflation, posing a dilemma for central banks.

Armenia's Pashinyan wins re-election in landslide

Joshua Kucera & Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet June 21, 2021

The elections were a unique event in post-Soviet Armenian history, as the results were not a foregone conclusion. The incumbent won an unexpectedly large mandate to stay in power.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Historical conflicts hold region’s EU future to ransom

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

North Macedonia not expected to get green light for start of accession negotiations at this week’s EU Council meeting, while Bosnia and Kosovo have yet to achieve candidate status.

Central European monetary policymakers set to raise rates this week

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

Hungarian and Czech central banks could be first in EU to raise rates despite ongoing pandemic.

Armenia's Pashinyan holds last major pre-election rally

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Politician made PM after bloodless street revolution urges voters to deliver a “steel revolution”. Defeat could mean him facing inquiry over his handling of last year’s war with Azerbaijan.

Late analysis suggests Pashinian to triumph in Armenia's June 20 election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Main rival Kocharyan’s support has risen on his aggressive approach to national security, but as an “old regime” figure he struggles with a high unpopularity rating.