Criminal charges are piling up against Togliattiazot owner in Russia’s top corporate dispute

Ben Aris in Berlin June 10, 2020

Sergei Makhlai, the majority shareholder of Togliattiazot (ToAZ), has become a defendant in a new case where he is accused of ordering the payment of a $1.2mn bribe to judges of Russia’s Supreme Court to avoid a massive tax payment

bne's Despair Index paints a mixed picture during the corona storm

Ben Aris in Berlin June 9, 2020

We have updated bne IntelliNews Despair Index, which better reflects what damage something like the coronacrisis does to the bottom half of society in the countries of New Europe. While the index has ticked up, the damage is limited so far.