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Calvey convicted in Russian embezzlement case, sentence to be passed later

bne IntelliNews August 5, 2021

Russia’s most famous fund manager Michael Calvey has been found guilty of embezzlement by a Moscow court, but will serve no jail time in a decision that is widely seen as a major blow to Russia’s investment climate.

Western FMCG companies remain top advertisers on Belarusian state TV despite harsh sanctions regime

Ben Aris in Berlin August 5, 2021

Companies from Europe and the US place two out of three commercials broadcast on prime-time Belarusian state television.

Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova talks to Dozhd ahead of her trial on charges of attempting a coup

bne IntelliNews August 5, 2021

The trial of Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova started on August 4 where she is charged with attempting a coup d'état and faces up to 12 years in jail if convicted in what she claims is a politically motivated case.

Baltic states ‘block Georgian PM’s official visit plans amid Tbilisi failure to crack down on far right’

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 5, 2021

Report says officials upset by perceived unwillingness of Tbilisi to punish those responsible for violence against journalists and LGBTQ activists that resulted in cancellation of Tbilisi Pride event.

Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova in court to face attempted coup charges

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, went on trial on Wednesday. If found guilty she faces up to 12 years in prison on charges of extremism.

Navalny ally and Russian opposition leader Sobol sentenced to 1.5 years of movement restrictions, barred from running in the Duma elections

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

Russian opposition leader Lyubov Sobol, a close ally of jailed anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, has been sentenced to 1.5 years of curfew and movement restrictions for her role in organising mass protests in January

Bulgaria’s ITN presents proposed ministers amid uncertain support

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

There Are Such People refuses to sign pledge to undertake specific reforms and proposes 'take it or leave it' cabinet lineup.

Fires engulf parts of North Macedonia due to extremely hot weather

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

Fires caused by the extremely hot weather are still active in parts of North Macedonia, but have caused no deaths or injuries, while firefighters and the army are trying to bring all of them under control.

Lithuania to push back undocumented migrants to Belarus

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

Interior minister says migrants intentionally trying to cross the state border in banned places should be considered persons who plan to commit a criminal act.

UK navy declares incident involving apparent Gulf of Oman tanker hijacking 'over'

bne IntelIiNews August 3, 2021

Armed men have left vessel says UKMTO.

Turkey’s central bank in a bind as official inflation moves to 5 bps below policy rate

bne IntelIiNews August 3, 2021

Some analysts now see prospect of rate cuts during remainder of year as off the table.

Exiled Belarusian House activist who disappeared found hanged in woods in Kyiv

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2021

Belarusian opposition activist and head of Belarusian House Vitaliy Shishov, who disappeared in Kyiv on August 2, after an extensive search by police has been found hanged in a Kyiv park not far from his home.

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Timanovskaya receives a Polish humanitarian visa

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2021

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya has received a humanitarian visa to enter Poland after she refused to be forcibly returned home to Minsk by government officials after she publically criticised her coaches on social media at the week

Turks left with only poor second-hand car choices amid realities of country’s economic crisis

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 2, 2021

More than half of 2.3mn used cars that changed hands in January to June were more than 10 years-old, while 82% were older than five years-old.

Belarus Olympic sprinter seeks asylum in Europe after escaping from Belarusian government minders during the Tokyo games

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seeking asylum in Europe after escaping from Belarusian government minders that were trying to force her to fly home on August 1, where she faces possible arrest and imprisonment.

Erste Group revises upwards CEE region’s 2021 growth outlook

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

CEE lender cites region’s outstanding resilience during the pandemic and the expected positive impact from the EU’s recovery fund.

US, UK and Israel accuse Iran of Gulf attack on tanker that killed Briton, Romanian

bne IntelIiNews August 1, 2021

Analysts widely suspect Iran and Israel are involved in an undeclared shadow war in which they carry out attacks on each other's vessels. This war appears to be escalating

Politicians posture over bloody cocaine turf war in Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo August 1, 2021

President Vucic shows murder footage on national TV, vows to ‘cut off the head’ of drug mafia.

Turkey evacuates thousands of tourists amid hellish wildfire scenes

bne IntelIiNews July 31, 2021

Heat intensity of infernos measured with satellite data reportedly four times higher than anything on record for the nation.

Yukos shareholders claim $5bn appeal award from Russia

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2021

Yukos was once Russia’s biggest oil producer and briefly its most valuable company.

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