Statistical study shows half the votes in Duma election were probably fake

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2021

Famous Russian physicist and election statistician Sergei Shpilkin studied the voting patterns in last weekend's Duma election and concluded some 14mn votes, roughly half of all the votes, were faked by the authorities.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

Constitutional crisis looms in Romania

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 21, 2021

With a no-confidence motion in limbo at the Constitutional Court and PM Florin Citu seeking to bypass a vote by lawmakers on the minority government he wants to install, a constitutional crisis seems unavoidable in Romania.

Tension in Kosovo escalates following car plates tit-for-tat measure against Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 20, 2021

Protests erupt after drivers from Serbia are forced to replace their license plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo.

Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani war games appear to prompt Iran to move infantry to border

Daniel Rad in London September 20, 2021

Representative of Iranian supreme leader warns Azerbaijan to not “play with the lion’s tail”.

Duma election update: United Russian retains constitutional majority as e-voting used to "edit" results

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

As the final results from the weekend’s Duma election come in, the ruling United Russia Party has delivered several surprise results and retaken its constitutional majority with 49.65% of the vote, with 90% of the votes counted.

Ukraine holds most successful Gay Pride march ever

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

Ukraine held its most successful Gay Pride march on September 19, with an estimated 8,000 people in attendance including foreign diplomats.

Russia’s Communist Party makes big gains in the Duma elections as Kremlin efforts to crush smart voting fail

Ben Aris in Berlin September 20, 2021

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) made large gains in Russia’s Duma elections over the weekend in a major upset for the Kremlin, but the ruling United Russia has retained its majority.

London Bullion Market Association suspends Kyrgyz gold refiner’s accreditation for missing gold bars

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 20, 2021

Kyrgyz investigation, meanwhile, adds former Centerra Gold leading executives to wanted list.

Romania’s leading insurer City Insurance heads towards bankruptcy after losing license

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 20, 2021

Romania’s Financial Supervisory Authority to start bankruptcy procedures against City after it failed to increase its capital by €150mn as required by the regulator.

Car production in Czechia falls by 39% during summer

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

Both car producers Skoda Auto and Toyota had to extend their traditional summer shutdowns due to lack of chips.

Hungarian opposition accuses Fidesz of sabotaging first round of primary election

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

IT experts confirmed that it was not simply an overload but a targeted attack, organisers said.

World Bank drops Doing Business report after alleged pressure from Bulgaria-born IMF chief to favour China

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 18, 2021

Investigation says Kristalina Georgieva, then a high-ranking World Bank official, and former former Bulgarian finance minister Simeon Dyankov pressured officials to improve China’s position. Georgieva denies the accusations.

Iran cements ties with East as it becomes full member of SCO

bne IntelIiNews September 17, 2021

“The world has entered a new era,” says Iranian president. “Hegemony and unilateralism are failing. The international balance is moving toward multilateralism and redistribution of power to the benefit of independent countries.”

Hundreds of Turkish medical company bosses and workers throw keys to ground in unpaid debts demo

bne IntelIiNews September 16, 2021

State hospitals said to owe firms hundreds of millions of dollars. Company bosses warn they are losing financial ability to sustain supply chain.

Montenegro’s ruling coalition split over government reshuffle

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic's government again at risk of collapse as two of the formations behind it demand a reshuffle.

Bulgaria’s popular caretaker PM Yanev to head next interim cabinet

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Yanev will remain in the PM position until the November general election after his ministers’ efforts to root out high-level corruption made it the most popular cabinet in decades.

US lawmakers make last ditch effort to kill off the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

bne IntelliNews September 16, 2021

US lawmakers made a last ditch effort to kill off Russia’s recently completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is now completed but not yet in operation.

Tens of millions of wealth fund dollars have ‘flowed to corporation linked to relative of Uzbekistan’s Mirziyoyev’

bne IntelIiNews September 16, 2021

Media investigation raises curtain on Orient Group, founded by brother of president's son in-law.

Azerbaijan detains Iranian truck drivers as ‘land corridors’ dispute with Armenia worsens

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

Tactic may be designed to up pressure on Yerevan to permit a route that would enable Azerbaijanis to reach their Nakhchivan exclave via Armenian territory.