An outpouring of grief, anger and frustration in Minsk as police beat another protester to death

Ben Aris in Berlin November 13, 2020

There was an outpouring of grief, frustration and anger in Belarus on November 12 after police beat to death another protester who was trying to stop the authorities from removing red and white ribbons from a fence in the “Square of Change.”

Poland threatens to veto EU budget if funding is made conditional on rule of law

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 13, 2020

Poland is one of the biggest beneficiaries of EU funding, but has long been at loggerheads with Brussels, mainly over changes in the country’s judiciary branch, seen as an attempt to subjugate courts to the government.

Moldova’s voters to decide country's direction in critical presidential election

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 13, 2020

This weekend's second round vote will pit pro-Russian President Igor Dodon against his pro-EU rival Maia Sandu, who currently looks set to defeat the incumbent.

Russia goes Big Pharma in the fight for the coronavirus business

Ben Aris in Berlin November 13, 2020

Russia was widely criticised when it was the first in the world to register the Sputnik V anti-coronavirus vaccine in August, accused of rushing through the approval for political gain. Now it is a front-runner to win about $1bn in vaccine sales.

Bosnia’s main ethnic parties fight to hold onto power in local elections

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 12, 2020

Bosnia is facing a surge of new coronavirus cases but this will not stop local elections going ahead on November 15 in almost all of the country.

#BREAKING: Russia’s Supreme Court lifts most of US fund manager Michael Calvey’s house arrest restrictions

Ben Aris in Berlin November 12, 2020

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered most of the restrictions on US fund management Michael Calvey and his colleagues from Baring Vostok be lifted on November 12.

Nationalists clash with police, vandalise Warsaw on Poland’s Independence Day

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 12, 2020

The annual Independence March has gained notoriety in recent years having become the flagship event of Polish far-right groups, sidelining other attempts at joyous and peaceful celebrations of Poland’s rebirth as a state.

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine efficacy is 92%, preliminary data shows

bne IntelliNews November 12, 2020

The efficacy of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92%, according to preliminary data, the authorities announced on November 11, a day after the US firm Pfizer announced it had developed a vaccine that is 90% effective.

The region of Ingushetia is about to become the first Russian region ever to go bust

Ben Aris in Berlin November 12, 2020

Russia’s southern region of Ingushetia is about to become the first ever region in the country to go bankrupt, after its debt service obligations soared to 125% of its income thanks to spiralling healthcare costs and a slowing economy.

Moldova’s president accused of illegal financing

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 12, 2020

Opposition politician Renato Usatii claims Dodon spent more than allowed by law as he fights challenge from pro-EU rival Maia Sandu.

Kazatomprom resumes activities at all Kazakhstan mining operations

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 12, 2020

Pandemic restrictions thought to have cut 2020 uranium production by around 17.5%.

Hungarian government submits controversial constitutional amendments after parliament approves state of emergency rules

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest November 12, 2020

Given emergency powers to tackle coronavirus, government immediately attempts to ban adoption by same-sex couples and change election rules.

CFC joins RWC in assessing KAZ Minerals buyout offer as under-valuation

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 12, 2020

Offer will prevent minority shareholders from realising full value of their investment in copper miner, CFC says. RWC has said it is “deeply underwhelmed” by the bid.

Protesters flood Yerevan demanding Armenia’s “traitor” PM quit over Nagorno-Karabakh surrender

bne IntelIiNews November 12, 2020

Parliament attempts to meet but can’t establish quorum. Russian peacekeepers start to arrive. Ethnic Armenian head of enclave urges inhabitants not to flee, saying it will be possible to still live in territory.

Belarusian President Lukashenko makes protesting a criminal offence

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2020

Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko has ramped up the risk of protesting by making it a criminal offence that carries a sentence of only two weeks in jail, but could result in several years incarceration.

COVID-19 makes Polish far-right opt for car parade instead of march for Independence Day

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2020

The annual Independence March has gained notoriety in recent years after having become the flagship event of the Polish far-right groups.

Western Balkans commit to green agenda and regional common market at Sofia summit

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 10, 2020

Agreements signed on deepening regional integration and alignment with EU policies aimed at achieving climate neutrality — but no breakthrough in ongoing spat between summit's co-hosts Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

Russian stocks surge following Pfizer vaccine announcement

Ben Aris in Berlin November 10, 2020

Russian stocks and the ruble jumped in value on November 9 following the conclusion of the US election and an announcement by US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer that it has a working vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Russia's Putin and PM Mishustin launch government reshuffle

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2020

Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin's recommendations for a slew of government changes have been agreed by President Putin on November 9.