Eurasia / Tech

Iran buys six “Caspian Sea Monster” ekranoplans from Russia

bne IntelIiNews July 28, 2020

Ground effect vehicles, or GEVs, often mistaken for planes, fly using lift generated by large wings around four metres above water surface. Technology was originally trialled in 1970s by Soviets. Private investors have given it new lease of life.

Spotify to enter Russia, other emerging Europe markets in new expansion drive

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

In Russia, the move by Spotify will put pressure on local internet majors Yandex and Group that also offer music streaming services.

Ucom tries to block Team’s acquisition of Veon Armenia

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2020

Telco Ucom is seeking to block an attempt by rival Team – set up earlier this year by two of its former executives – to buy Veon Armenia.

Kazakhstan launches mobile app to combat counterfeit and illegal alcohol sales

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2020

e-Sapa app based on tracker for fuel sales developed as industry association says around 40% of alcohol sold in Kazakhstan is counterfeit or illegal.

Telegram to create proxies to work in Iran

bne IntelIiNews June 22, 2020

Encrypted messaging app is hindered in Islamic Republic by official attempts to block it. Co-founder Pavel Durov says he refused to share user data with intelligence services.