International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stripped Belarus of the right to hold the World Championship this year

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2021

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stripped Belarus of the right to hold the World Championship this year and condemned Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko's oppressions

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny arrested on arrival as he returns home

Ben Aris in Berlin January 18, 2021

Russian anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny was arrested at passport control as he retuned home after spending five months in Germany recovering from a poison attack that immediately sparked an outpouring of commendation.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Durov rejects Western funds’ offer to buy 5%-10% of Telegram with $30bn valuation

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2021

Russia’s most famous tech entrepreneur and the creator of the Telegram messaging service has rejected an offer by Western funds to buy a 5%-10% stake in the company with a valuation of $30bn.

Belarusian government sees $2bn of withdrawals, issues $580mn worth of bonds in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Belarusian residents withdrew $1.9bn in dollars from banks during 2020, with $1.4bn being withdrawn in August alone at the start of the mass protests following the disputed August 9 presidential election, the Ministry of Finance said.

Lukashenko: I am no enemy of the people

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2021

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has but one friend in the world and, in his own words, that person is Vladimir Putin, he told famous Russian reporter Nailya Asker-Zade.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.

China remains Russia's biggest trade partner, trade volumes with Belarus, Ukraine down, with UK up

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2021

China remains top dog as Russia’s biggest trade partner and the two countries are aiming to achieve $200bn trade turnover in the next years.

The Insider: Kremlin creating pro-Russia party in Belarus.

Ben Aris in Berlin December 30, 2020

The Kremlin is preparing to launch and support a pro-Russia political party in Belarus called “The Right of the People” that will take advantage of mooted changes to the constitution that will lead to fresh parliamentary elections.