RIMMER: The Zoom when it happened

Julian Rimmer in London May 11, 2021

If you want to mingle with the unelected and corrupt cabal at the apex of the Russian regime, what better way of effecting an introduction than by hiring the erm, corrupt and unelected cabal squatting atop ours? Prince Michael of Kent is available.

ING: Russian CPI slows in April, but no further relief seen till year-end

Dmitri Dolgin chief economist Russia ING May 11, 2021

Russian inflation has come down a little but will remain stuck at about 5.5% for the rest of this year. The Central Bank of Russia is likely to keep tightening at the coming meetings.

ING: Hungary’s wages vs consumption puzzle continues

Peter Virovacz Senior Economist for ING in Hungary May 10, 2021

The stronger-than-expected wage growth remains puzzling, as based on the labour market data, the retail sector should not be in a downward spiral.

ING: Czech economy falls by less than previously feared in 1Q

Jakub Seidler Chief Economist at ING in the Czech Republic May 5, 2021

The preliminary GDP figure for the first quarter surprised on the upside. The economy fell just 0.3% quarter on quarter, with pandemic restrictions being in place throughout the quarter.

COMMENT: “Patronagists” scandal brings back memories of the communist era in Albania

Jona Koprencka in Tirana May 5, 2021

Ahead of the April general election Albania’s ruling Socialists were revealed to be keeping the population under surveillance.

Taking the Tashkent Stock Exchange to the next level

Akmal Djalilov May 1, 2021

Akmal Djalilov, founder of Uzbekistan’s BeTrader platform, looks at a new decree allowing Uzbek companies to list abroad.

COMMENT: Philanthropy in Russia – not for the faint-hearted

Stephen Bierman in Moscow April 30, 2021

Wealth in Russia comes with no small number of headaches. But one of the more surprising ones, linked to money, is that sometimes you can’t even give it away.

COMMENT: Was Russia preparing to invade Ukraine? A look inside Moscow’s strategy

bne IntelliNews April 30, 2021

The recent build-up and withdrawal of Russian forces at Ukraine's eastern border forms part of President Putin's coherent strategy to recover control of Ukraine and reverse the 1991 territorial losses stemming from the 1991 collapse of the USSR.

COMMENT: Political interference in Naftogaz supervisory board operations is a major setback in corporate governance reform

American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine April 30, 2021

Ukraine’s business community and its supporters abroad condemned the Cabinet’s decision to sack the widely respected CEO of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev on April 28, calling it an abuse of corporate governance that will undermine foreign investment.