Misery vs death

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 29, 2020

The painful choice faced by poorer emerging European countries as they are forced to balance the risk to life of a new coronavirus spike with the economic and human cost of a second lockdown.

Fat cats: new study shows corruption can be measured in kilos

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2020

A new study finds that the more overweight the politicians in a government from the former Soviet Union are, the more likely that government is to be corrupt.

Uzbekistan returns to its roots with cannabis cultivation

Eurasianet July 21, 2020

Hemp uses less water than cotton, a fact that should excite farmers in the rapidly desiccating region.

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 Mail.ru Group that also offer music streaming services.

Kazakhstan hikes cargo transit in H1 despite pandemic

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

The volume of cargo travelling via Kazakhstan was up by 54% y/y in H1, as the country becomes an important transit zone under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).