Eastern Europe / Features

Russia’s slow embrace of recycled plastics

Ben Aris in Berlin August 21, 2019

Russian companies have embraced the environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics because their investors are demanding it. That’s because the public are demanding it. The state and the leading petrochemical companies are looking for solutions.

LONG READ: Putin's 20 years on the job in numbers

Ben Aris in Berlin, Ivan Tkachev in Moscow August 18, 2019

Last week President Vladimir Putin celebrated 20 years in power. bne IntelliNews takes a look at how the country has transformed under his leadership by going through the numbers.

Ukraine's surprise strong growth in 2Q19 will probably trigger its warrant payments

Ben Aris in Berlin August 16, 2019

Ukraine’s unexpected spike in economic growth to 4.6% in the second quarter means the warrants offered bond holders in 2015 in exchange for delaying coupons will almost certainly be triggered at the end of this year.

The Kremlin’s attempts to control the internet threaten Russia’s most vibrant sector

Ben Aris in Berlin August 13, 2019

With social unrest on the rise in Russia, the Kremlin is trying to increase its control over internet content. That will hurt what is the most vibrant part of Russia's economy and home to some of its best companies.

Banking on change in Lviv

Ben Aris in Berlin August 13, 2019

Owned by an Icelandic chess grandmaster, Bank Lviv is based in one of Ukraine's most prosperous regions and is focusing on funding SMEs as the economy starts to grow again.

Which country is the biggest FDI investor into Russia? It’s Cyprus... Not.

Ben Aris in Berlin August 9, 2019

Which country is the biggest investor into Russia? It’s Cyprus. At least that is according to the official figures from the Central Bank of Russia (CBR). But of course it isn’t really. A new study sheds light on the true origin of Russia's FDI

The rubbish local politics in emerging Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2019

After nearly three decades of transition the peoples of emerging Europe are starting to hold their governments to account. The issue driving most is not ideology or corruption but demands to deal with everyday problems like rubbish collection.

CEE monthly bond wrap: Summer doldrums afflict Russian bond issue, but CE raises large amounts

Ben Aris in Berlin August 5, 2019

The emerging markets (EM) bond markets are well into their summer slowdown. There were virtually no bond issues from Russia at all in July but Central Europe saw $6.4bn of issues

Georgia in vino vertitas

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2019

​The Georgians like to describe themselves as the “cradle of wine” with a rich, 8,000-year history of wine-making. Wine was produced and drunk in Tbilisi before the Roman Empire was founded and today it remains home to over 500 unique grape varieties