Eastern Europe / News

Belarus presidential candidate barred from ballot leaves country with his children

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2020

Valery Tsepkalo and his children have left Belarus after "trusted sources" warned of his imminent arrest by Belarusian authorities. His wife Veronika has stayed to support Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main rival to incumbent President Lukashenko

Russia's CBR makes cautious interest rate cut to 4.25%

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2020

CBR makes cautious quarter-point interest rate cut to 4.25%, against analysts' expectations.

Lukashenko accuses foreign media of inciting public unrest

bne IntelliNews July 23, 2020

Expel foreign media that call for "Maidans", says Belarus' authoritarian president as the August 9 presidential election approaches.

Belarus opposition presidential candidate makes bold statements in first TV address

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya sharply criticised the current system and said she will announce a new, free and fair presidential vote if she is elected on August 9.

Russia, Turkey ‘agree to continue work towards sustainable Libya ceasefire’

bne IntelIiNews July 22, 2020

Announcement comes after vote by Egyptian parliament to give green light to possible military intervention.

Ukraine bus hostages freed after president’s intervention

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2020

Day-long standoff on bus in Lutsk ends after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy posts video telling people to watch 2005 documentary Earthlings.

Russia's Putin sets new 2030 goals as National Projects scaled back

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2020

The Kremlin has secured Putin's possible re-election for two six-year terms in 2024, but he risks running up to his re-election without having fulfilled the previous economic platform due to the coronavirus crisis.

Azerbaijan blames Georgia for helping arm Armenia

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet July 20, 2020

According to the allegations, Georgia allowed a shipment of Serbian rocket launchers destined for Armenia to transit its territory.

Thousands show up to support Belarus' leading opposition presidential contender

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2020

Between 5,000 and 10,000 gathered in Minsk to support opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, wife of arrested blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky. The other former opposition candidates have rallied behind her against incumbent Lukashenko.

Ex-Ukrgazbank CEO Shevchenko elected NBU governor

bne IntelliNews July 16, 2020

MPs vote to install Kyrylo Shevchenko as head of the National Bank of Ukraine, but question of whether he will maintain the central bank’s independence remains open.

Dozens detained in Belarus as election protests continue

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

Protests were sparked by the barring of two opposition candidates — considered the strongest challengers to incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko — from the presidential ballot.

US sanctions entities linked to "Putin's chef" Prigozhin

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused Prigozhin of "exploiting Sudan’s natural resources for personal gain and spreading malign influence around the globe”.

IMF head urges Ukraine to preserve NBU independence

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

IMF issues warning as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy prepares to appoint a new central bank governor. Zelenskiy promised an “independent technocrat” but analysts are sceptical.

Protests in Belarus after opposition candidates blocked from standing in presidential election

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

Clashes between protesters and police as hundreds demonstrate in Minsk and other cities.

Gazprom swings to first quarterly loss since 2015

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic caused Gazprom's European sales to collapse, and ruble devaluation led to hefty foreign exchange losses.

Belarus denies main presidential challengers spots on the ballot

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

Former banker Viktor Babariko has been disqualified by Belarus' central electoral commission due to the ongoing investigation into his alleged money-laundering activities. Valery Tsepkalo's candidature has also been rejected.

Russia's Putin puts brakes on National Projects spending spree

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

Putin could extend his signature National Projects investment leap worth over $400bn from 2024 to as far as 2030 owing to the pressure of the coronavirus crisis.

Russian Norilsk Nickel reports third fuel spill as it wards off $2bn fine

Vadim Dumesh in Paris July 13, 2020

The timing for yet another fuel spill is unfortunate as the company is contesting RUB148bn ($2.1bn) environmental damages estimated by the RosPrirodNadzor watchdog.

International Fencing Federation announces coronavirus support plan

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2020

CHF1mn support plan to help fencers and fencing federations through the coronavirus pandemic that forced a halt to the sport.

Iran blames misalignment and poor communications for UIA PS752 downing

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2020

The flight was shot down outside Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people on board.