LONG READ: Afghanistan key to uncorking Russia's access to South Asia

bne IntelIiNews April 4, 2022

To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.

COMMENT: Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine moves into 'Phase 2'

Gav Don in Edinburgh April 4, 2022

Moscow is now referring to the start of a “Phase 2” of the war, but it is not clear at all what this means in practice, since the initial invasion was not referred to as Phase 1 but as a special military operation. What comes next?

Price inflation and a shortage of goods are changing what Russian consumers buy

Mack Tubridy in St Petersburg April 4, 2022

Walking through the mall in St Petersburg these days is a bit like walking through a ghost town. Once greeted with bright lights and ambient music, shoppers now stroll past darkened display windows and signs reading “temporarily closed."

Don’t forget Afghanistan, pleads Uzbekistan, as Ukraine war rages

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 3, 2022

Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.

Odds are stacked against Hungary’s opposition in high-stakes elections

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2022

Undecided voters may prefer Orban's pitch as the leader who can provide peace and security to Hungarians in times of crisis.

The Belarusians struggle at home and abroad

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2022

While being harassed as collaborators abroad, Belarusians continue their struggle against the Lukashenko regime.

An energy embargo on Russia would hurt Europe as much as Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin April 1, 2022

The West is threatening to impose an energy embargo on Russia. The EU has a plan to cut hydrocarbon imports from Russia to zero as soon as 2025 or maybe sooner if Russia scales up its attack on Ukraine.