INTERVIEW: “The weekend’s protests were the Russian people's, not the opposition’s” – Maxim Reznik

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius January 25, 2021

Russians took to the streets this weekend in over 100 cities in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and to protest against Putin’s two-decade-long rule.

Western Balkans citizens legally resident in EU equal to 14% of region’s population

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 20, 2021

2.4mn people from the Western Balkans have residence permits for EU countries including 868,000 Albanians – over 30% of the country’s 2.8mn population, shows Eurostat data.

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stripped Belarus of the right to hold the World Championship this year

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2021

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stripped Belarus of the right to hold the World Championship this year and condemned Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko's oppressions

Alexei Navalny arrested on arrival as he returns home

Ben Aris in Berlin January 18, 2021

Russian opposition leader was arrested at passport control as he returned home after spending five months in Germany recovering from a poison attack.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Durov rejects Western funds’ offer to buy 5%-10% of Telegram with $30bn valuation

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2021

Russia’s most famous tech entrepreneur and the creator of the Telegram messaging service has rejected an offer by Western funds to buy a 5%-10% stake in the company with a valuation of $30bn.

Belarusian government sees $2bn of withdrawals, issues $580mn worth of bonds in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Belarusian residents withdrew $1.9bn in dollars from banks during 2020, with $1.4bn being withdrawn in August alone at the start of the mass protests following the disputed August 9 presidential election, the Ministry of Finance said.

Lukashenko: I am no enemy of the people

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2021

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has but one friend in the world and, in his own words, that person is Vladimir Putin, he told famous Russian reporter Nailya Asker-Zade.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.

China remains Russia's biggest trade partner, trade volumes with Belarus, Ukraine down, with UK up

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2021

China remains top dog as Russia’s biggest trade partner and the two countries are aiming to achieve $200bn trade turnover in the next years.

OUTLOOK 2021 Belarus

bne IntelliNews January 1, 2021

Belarus’ outlook for 2021 is very uncertain, as in addition to external shocks from the global slowdown – and Russia’s slowdown in particular – and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as ongoing mass protests

The Insider: Kremlin creating pro-Russia party in Belarus.

Ben Aris in Berlin December 30, 2020

The Kremlin is preparing to launch and support a pro-Russia political party in Belarus called “The Right of the People” that will take advantage of mooted changes to the constitution that will lead to fresh parliamentary elections.