Russian siloviki could devour limited IT resources

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2022

Amid the military invasion of Ukraine Russia will set up an anti-corruption information system Poseidon that will be co-ordinated by the presidential administration and operated by the Federal Guard (FSO), using up scarce IT resources.

BREAKING: More explosions in Transnistria take down communication towers

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 26, 2022

Blasts at Pridnestrovian Radio and Television Centre follow attack on ministry, as Ukraine warns Russia is trying to destabilise separatist region.

Kazakhstan: CPC pipeline resumes working after a month of inactivity

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 26, 2022

Repairs took place a few days after Kazakh officials met with CPC management in Moscow.

Empty state security office in Tiraspol attacked with Russian grenades

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 26, 2022

Russian propaganda offensive after attack claims Romania is preparing to seize control of Russia-backed separatist republic in Moldova.

Election results in France and Slovenia go against Orban

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2022

The election defeat of Slovenia’s populist SDS means the Hungarian strongman has one less ally in the European Council at a crucial time when the EU is set to trigger the rule-of-law mechanism against Hungary.

UPDATE: Massive explosions at oil depot in Western Russia, but who is to blame?

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell April 26, 2022

Massive explosions at an oil depot in Western Russia went viral online and were verified by open-source-intelligence accounts on 25 April.

Current account rot ‘exposes Turkey to risk of further sharp and disorderly falls in lira’

bne IntelIiNews April 25, 2022

Spillovers from Ukraine war add to splitting economic headache for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who must stand for re-election by June next year.

Top Bulgarian politicians to visit Kyiv amid row over military aid

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 25, 2022

Ruling coalition is divided over whether Bulgaria should provide military aid to Ukraine.

Russian tech frontrunner Yandex freezes investment, carsharing and foodtech in trouble

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2022

Russian internet major and country’s most valuable digital company prior to the military invasion of Ukraine Yandex is suspending “many” of the planned investments both domestically and abroad

Anti-war post ends era of Tinkov, Tinkoff bank to rebrand

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2022

Russian banker and entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov is looking to sell his family trust's 35% stake in TCS banking group, which controls the only Russian purely online bank Tinkoff Bank, which he founded.

Newcomer Golob’s party ousts Jansa in Slovenia’s general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 24, 2022

The Freedom Movement, the green party led by ex-energy executive Robert Golob, is set to lead Slovenia's next government.

Moldova appeals to Russia to respect its neutrality after invasion threat

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2022

The Moldovan foreign ministry has urged Russia to respect its neutrality after a Russian general openly announced plans to occupy the breakaway Transnistria region.

Vucic doubles down on no sanctions position as Russian gas deal deadline approaches

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2022

Serbia is preparing to sign a new long-term gas deal with Russia, and has resisted pressure from the EU and and US to join western sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

New shipping interest in river linking Kazakhstan, China to Arctic Ocean via Russia

bne IntelIiNews April 22, 2022

Russian, Kazakh officials see potential of the Irtysh, the longest tributary river in the world, as under-exploited.

Albania’s former president pushes rival politician off parliament podium

bne IntelliNews April 22, 2022

Sali Berisha has been trying for months to regain control of the Democratic Party, the main opposition force in Albania, which is currently headed by interim leader Enkelejd Alibeaj.

Sanctioned Russian banks seeking way out of Kazakhstan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 21, 2022

Alfa-Bank Kazakhstan has been fully bought out by Kazakh peer CenterCredit.

ISKP attack on Uzbekistan WAS launched but rockets failed to cross border say Taliban

bne IntelIiNews April 21, 2022

Statement might explain why Tashkent denied there was any evidence of an incident and may rekindle fears terrorists in Afghanistan have started to target Central Asia.

Iran claims it’s rejected US offers of sanctions removal in return for scrapping plan to avenge Soleimani

bne IntelIiNews April 21, 2022

Assassination of top general in 2020 and Donald Trump’s designation of Revolutionary Guard as “terrorist” remain sensitive matters that could end efforts to revive 2015 nuclear deal.

Biden announces yet another $800mn military aid package for Ukraine that will arrive in Kyiv by the weekend

Ben Aris in Berlin April 21, 2022

US President Joe Biden announced he was authorising a eighth $800mn military aid package, only a week after signing off on a similar $800mn package, as Ukraine prepares for the Battle of Donbas that is expected to start in earnest any day now.

Ukraine conflict will trigger recessions across CEE, says Capital Economics

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to slump 12% in 2022, while Ukraine's GDP will halve. Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Baltic states will have two quarters of negative growth.