Russia

“Unbelievable but true” data show UK firms equipping Russia’s war machine

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2024

Kremlin is end-customer for surging flows of British exports to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia, new analysis indicates.

After two years of war in Ukraine it’s time to face some harsh realities

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

The shock of Russia’s surprise invasion of Ukraine on February 24 two years ago was quickly followed by awe at the heroic defence of Kyiv, then delight as Ukrainians fought back, popping the tops of tanks and running circles around the Russians.

Soaring bank deposits in Russia’s poorest regions show where the Kremlin is recruiting its soldiers

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2024

Russia does not release information on the numbers of mobilised and recruited men, or casualties of war in Ukraine; however, the Bank of Finland institute for Emerging Economies has dug into public banking records to work out where soldiers are from.

Uzbekistan plans $500mn investment to boost Russian gas imports

Eurasianet February 22, 2024

Domestic production is declining as existing fields become exhausted.

Indications grow Turkey-Russia trade hit by tightened US sanctions

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

Turkish exports to Russia sank 30% in January. Turkey’s banks facilitating payments wary of being shut out of US financial system.

World Bank says Emerging Europe needs tougher targets to reach net zero by 2060

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague February 22, 2024

New World Bank report charts path to net zero energy in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, but says current ambitions are too modest.

Putin’s repressions of 116,000 people surpasses Khrushchev, Brezhnev - Proekt

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime has persecuted at least 116,000 in just the last six years, Russian outlet Proekt estimates in a study released on February 22 dedicated to the memory of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

MOSCOW BLOG: Black mood descending as Ukraine problems increase

Ben Aris in Berlin February 22, 2024

As the war in Ukraine goes into its third year, the initial optimism generated by the heroic defence of Kyiv against the invading Russian troops has evaporated as ammunition runs short and the Russian forces make advances.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia, says new World Bank report

IntelliNews Press Release Service February 22, 2024

A new World Bank report released today lays out pathways for countries in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region to make the shift towards renewable energy and reduce their fossil fuel dependence.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia, says new World Bank report

IntelliNews Press Release Service February 22, 2024

A new World Bank report released today lays out pathways for countries in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region to make the shift towards renewable energy and reduce their fossil fuel dependence.

EU to lift sanctions on Yandex founder Volozh

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

EU countries have agreed to remove the sanctions from the founder of Russian internet major Yandex, Reuters reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Russia’s CBR shuts down major e-payment player Qiwi

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has revoked the banking licence of Qiwi Bank, operated by the e-payment system Qiwi, the regulator announced.

Balkans a prime target for Russia's unconventional warfare tactics

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

Moldova and Montenegro already targets of Russian destabilisation efforts, says RUSI report.

Fusion another step closer?

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles February 21, 2024

Fusion, the holy grail of the energy transition, is closer than ever before. But it’s still unclear whether it can be commercialised in time to ward off the climate crisis.

Kupiansk: Russia’s next target?

Neil Hauer in Kupiansk February 21, 2024

Russia seeks to exploit Ukrainian ammunition and manpower shortages, particularly in the run-up to Vladimir Putin’s ceremonial re-election in mid-March.

Navalny team proposes new sanctions to punish Russia

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

The opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has proposed three new sanctions to punish Russia, following his death in a high-security prison in Russia’s Far North on February 16.

Fall of Avdiivka gives Russia the military initiative and Putin a political gift ahead of presidential elections

Ben Aris in Berlin February 21, 2024

The withdrawal from Avdiivka was the correct decision to safeguard the lives of Ukrainian defenders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

Russia arrests a US-Russian dual citizen on treason charges

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained Ksenia Khavana, a 33-year old dual Russian and US citizen, on charges of treason for donating $50 to a Ukrainian charity on the day the war in Ukraine began.

Navalny's wife Yulia prepares to step into her dead husband's shoes

Ben Aris in Berlin February 20, 2024

In a video posted on Alexey Navalny’s YouTube channel on February 20, the Russian opposition leader’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, announced that she plans to continue his work in his absence.

Russia puts Navalny’s brother Oleg back on wanted list

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2024

The Russian Interior Ministry has placed Oleg Navalny, the brother of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, on its wanted list for new unspecified criminal allegations on February 20.

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