UN court rejects Mladic's appeal against genocide conviction

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Wartime Bosnian Serb military commander dubbed the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ lost his appeal against his 2017 conviction for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Citigroup winding up brokerage in Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 8, 2021

Citi Menkul Degerler lately ranked fourth largest net seller on the Borsa Istanbul. Clients will be switched to the group’s London operation.

Bulgarian PM slams “useless” anti-corruption agencies

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 8, 2021

Stefan Yanev’s interim government has been probing events under the former government led by Boyko Borissov that lost power in April.

Albanian judge who appeared in designer clothes on TikTok suspended

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Videos showing designer clothes and BMW raised questions about Enkeleda Kapedani's personal wealth as Albania pursues a comprehensive overhaul of the notoriously corrupt justice system.

Biden agrees to meet Zelenskiy, but after the Putin summit

Ben Aris in Berlin June 8, 2021

US President Joe Biden has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to meet at the White House in July, during a phone conversation between the two presidents on June 7.

Bosnia awaits final verdict for ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo June 7, 2021

Verdict from UN court in The Hague expected to raise tensions in Bosnia shortly after appointment of new high representative reopened the debate on the country’s future.

Two jail terms amounting to 3,576 years handed down for conspiracy to frame Turkey’s Fenerbahce football club

bne IntelIiNews June 6, 2021

Media executive and ex-police chief found guilty of 'Gulenist plot' to bring match-fixing charges against club that includes President Erdogan among its fans.

Russia to reduce its dollar holdings in its NWF rainy day fund to zero

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Russia will entirely remove the dollar from the basket of currencies in its National Welfare Fund (NWF) as the Kremlin’s drive to de-dollarise continues to gather momentum.

Russia’s independent VTimes shuts down after being branded a “foreign agent” by the Kremlin

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

The well respected and widely read VTimes independent news service announced its closure on June 3 after the Justice Ministry designated it as a “foreign agent” last month, the latest in a string of independent news organisations to be attacked.

Russia overcoming Sputnik V production bottlenecks, output capacity rises to 30mn doses a month

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Russia is starting to overcome production bottlenecks of its Sputnik V coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as output capacity tops 30mn doses a month.

Protasevich appears on state TV interview and praises Lukashenko’s “balls of steel”

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Jailed top Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich appeared in an interview on state TV where he praised Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and said that he has “balls of steel” on June 3.

Czech government survives no-confidence motion after Communists walk out

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Stage now set for October general election, with opinion polls showing opposition coalitions will topple populist billionaire Andrej Babis.

Illegal organ transplant scandal revealed at Bulgarian VIP hospital

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 3, 2021

Kidneys from young living donors from Moldova and Ukraine transplanted into hospital’s rich international patients.

Turkey ‘possibly behind world’s first battlefield killing by autonomous combat drone’

bne IntelIiNews June 3, 2021

UN report identifies use of ‘killer robot’ Kargu-2 in Libya skirmish.

Central Europe set for interest rate hikes, predicts Capital Economics

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2021

Central Europe is facing a prolonged period of higher inflation that is likely to lead to significant interest rate hikes.

Budapest district mayor renames streets after Dalai Lama and Uighur martyrs in protest against China’s Fudan University

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2021

Opposition attacks €1.5bn cost of Communist Chinese university, as well as way it will take land away from planned Student City.

Agreement to revive Iran nuclear deal ‘now not expected until August’

bne IntelIiNews June 2, 2021

Hopes it could be in place ahead of June 18 Iranian presidential election may have been dashed.

US sanctions Bulgarian officials and businessmen over involvement in significant corruption

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2021

US Treasury's largest action tackling corruption to date targets two high-profile businessmen and several ex-officials.

Bulgarian institutions ‘on the brink of war’ after raids on offices of key interior ministry employees

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 2, 2021

Prosecutors take on interim government that has launched a wide-reaching overhaul of the administration and pledged to root out corruption under the previous Gerb government.

Private labels expand in Russian food retailer, large upside seen

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2021

The sales of goods under own private labels by Russian retailers have risen by 12.2% year on year in May-April 2021, reaching 5.3% share in total sales.