Instigator of claims against Usmanov accused of intimidating lawyers

Ben Aris in Berlin May 18, 2024

The leader of a group of former shareholders who was at the centre of a years-long dispute with Russian metallurgical company Metalloinvest and its sanctioned shareholder Alisher Usmanov has been accused of putting pressure on lawyers.

Russian courts seize UniCredit, Deutsche bank Russian assets

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2024

Russian courts ordered the seizure of UniCredit's and Deutsche bank assets, accounts, property, and shares on May 18

Iranian cleric warns of security threat from collapsing birthrate

bne Tehran bureau May 17, 2024

Imam of Yasuj, Ayatollah Seyyed Nasir Hosseini, has issued a stark warning about the security threats posed by Iran's ageing population, urging for a strong national and religious response

US says sending military “trainers” to Ukraine is “inevitable”

Ben Aris in Berlin May 17, 2024

In another step in the creeping escalation, the US said sending military trainers” to participate in the War in Ukraine is “inevitable"

Kurdish leader Demirtas sentenced to 42 years over 2014 unrest

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2024

Co-chairs of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party denounce "black stain" on country’s judicial record and attempt at "erasing" Kurdish politicians.

Former Nexta editor Protasevich says he owes Belarus authorities $7.6mn in damages

Ben Aris in Berlin May 16, 2024

The former editor in chief of social media channel Nexta Roman Protasevich says he owes the Belarusian authorities $7.6mn in damages.

EDB allocates $1mn for Kazakh flood relief

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2024

The Eurasian Development Bank has decided to allocate funds to help eliminate the consequences of the massive floods in several regions of Kazakhstan.

Protesters picket Yerevan EBRD event demanding Armenian PM’s resignation

Clare Nuttall in Yerevan May 16, 2024

Nikol Pashinyan is under pressure to resign after giving up territory to Azerbaijan under a border demarcation deal.

Heavy floods claim several lives in Iran's second biggest city Mashhad

bne Tehran bureau May 15, 2024

Heavy floods in the Iranian city of Mashhad have killed several people who were stuck in a submerged car as a torrent of water swept them away.

US Secretary of State Blinken says Ukraine free to use US-made weapons to strike Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin May 15, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukraine has to “make its own choice” when deciding to use US-made weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

Russian archaeologists uncover ancient settlement close to the Iraq-Iran border

bne Tehran bureau May 15, 2024

After several decades, Russian archaeologists have conducted their first fieldwork in Iraq’s Maysan Province, in a sign of growing cooperation between Baghdad and Moscow.

Slovak premier Robert Fico in 'life-threatening' condition after assassination attempt

Albin Sybera May 15, 2024

Fico’s condition has been described by local media as “life-threatening" after he was shot several times with a pistol.

#BREAKING: Slovak Prime Minister Fico shot, in a life-threatening condition in hospital

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2024

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot and wounded, leaving him in a life-threatening condition.

Georgia's parliament passes controversial 'foreign agents' bill amid mass protests and U.S. warnings

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi May 15, 2024

Washington says it might impose financial and travel restrictions on certain individuals if the bill remains unchanged or if security forces continue to violently suppress protests.

Far right activists attack Ukrainians visiting Bulgaria to buy Russian-made nuclear reactors

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 15, 2024

Ukraine wants to buy equipment Bulgaria bought from Russia for the scrapped Belene nuclear power plant project to replace occupied power infrastructure.

Discovery of mass grave in Babylon revives hope of accounting for Iraqi man missing for 33 years

bne Gulf bureau May 15, 2024

A recent announcement of a mass grave discovery in Babylon has rekindled hope for a young man who was just a year old when his father disappeared during the 1991 Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime.

US Secretary of State Blinken assures continued support for Ukraine in surprise visit amidst Russian offensive

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on May 14, reaffirming America's commitment to Ukraine amidst Russia's intensified offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

Turkey’s fiscal tightening package goes down like a lead balloon with analysts

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2024

Influential economists not impressed with lack of detail and likely impact.

Georgian Dream accuses West of funding violent opposition to its foreign agents law

Ben Aris in Berlin May 14, 2024

Controversial Russian-style "foreign agent" law passes final reading on May 14, though it is expected to be temporarily vetoed by the president.

Kazakh ex-minister convicted of savage torture and murder of wife in trial that gripped nation

Peter Baunov in Astana May 14, 2024

Kuandyk Bishimbayev jailed for 24 years. Jury members wept as CCTV footage of sickening assault was shown. Campaigners hope for permanent change in attitudes to domestic violence.