Eastern Europe / Opinion

ALACO DISPATCHES: What lies behind oligarch impunity in Ukraine

Nathan Andrews of Alaco January 20, 2020

Efforts to investigate financial crimes have been largely unsuccessful due to endemic corruption within the judiciary.

ING: Russian balance of payments calls for caution over RUB

Dmitry Dolgin chief economist Russia at ING in Moscow January 20, 2020

Balance of payments for 4Q19 suggests weakness in the current account and tells us that as much as $25bn of net portfolio inflows into local currency state bonds (OFZ) may be needed in 2020 in order to avoid ruble depreciation.

VIENNEAST COMPASS: Risk outlook 2020 – balancing in limbo

Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna January 14, 2020

CEESE had a good year in 2019, with the economies in the region buoyed by increasing domestic consumption and capital spending that allowed the region to decouple from western Europe.

INVISIBLE HAND: Putin’s economic breakthrough that never was

Liam Halligan in London December 24, 2019

“We need an economic breakthrough,” declared Vladimir Putin back in December 2018, during his now legendary annual press conference. Acknowledging Russia’s gloomy economic outlook, the President forecast 1.8% growth in 2019, down from 2.3% the year

COMMENT: Russia poised to lead the global digital agenda with the world’s largest track & trace system

Ivan Streshinsky CEO of USM in Moscow December 19, 2019

In 2018, Russia launched Chestny ZNAK, its first nationwide digital track & trace system, set to become the cornerstone of industrial digitalization. By 2024, the system is expected to cover most goods traded throughout the country