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OBITUARY: Petr Kellner, Central Europe's great dealmaker

Robert Anderson in Prague March 29, 2021

Czech billionaire financier dies in helicopter crash, raising questions over the future of his diversified PPF Group.

LONG READ: Who is Sergei Pugachev, the oligarch that accused Abramovich of buying Chelsea on Putin's orders?

Ben Aris in Berlin March 26, 2021

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich filed a defamation lawsuit against the HarperCollins publishing company and the author of “Putin’s People”, Catherine Belton, for claiming that he had bought the Chelsea football club on Putin's direct orders.

RAEX-Europe: First ESG ranking of Russian iron and steel companies

Svetlana Grishankova Managing Director RA Expert in Frankfurt Am Main March 25, 2021

The first ESG ranking of Russian iron and steel companies showcases fairly high results in terms of the quality of corporate governance, while the average scores for social and environmental factors are noticeably lower.

Ukraine poised for take off

Ben Aris in Berlin March 25, 2021

When will Ukraine’s economy reach critical mass and start the virtuous circle of profits, investment, rising wages and ballooning consumption? Ukraine still has its catch-up growth ahead of it, and when it starts it will boom.

Perspectives: Turkey and China – can Azerbaijan be the bridge?

Firuza Nahmadova for Eurasianet March 24, 2021

Since shepherding Azerbaijan’s military victory last autumn, Turkey has been on a Silk Road charm offensive. The challenge is turning talk into action.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Frantic defence of lira’s 8.00 line as foreign investors scramble to offload all Turkish papers

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 22, 2021

With markets concluding central bank has no credibility left, state banks appear to intervene to pull back currency.

Russia fights to keep course on carbon and renewables amid budget squeeze

NEO March 22, 2021

Russia’s next phase of renewable energy development looks like it won’t be as well funded by the state as planned. That said, the announced cuts could have been worse, and corporates are stepping up plans to mitigate carbon.

Mongolian miner seeks London listing via reverse takeover

Jason Corcoran in Dublin March 22, 2021

Takeover of Irish exploration company Arkle Resources would provide molybdenum miner with AIM listing.

Russian supermarket Lenta plans to double in size in next five years

Ben Aris in Berlin March 21, 2021

Lenta aims to open hundreds of small format stores and buy up smaller rivals.

E-commerce rising stars of the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 21, 2021

Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.

Analysis: Caucasus bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 19, 2021

Capital markets take war, the pandemic and political unrest in stride. The second in a two-part series.

Eco groups vow to fight on against Albania’s new Vlora airport

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 18, 2021

Opponents are planning an international campaign and don’t rule out a legal challenge to the new international airport in protected wetland.

Calvey’s testimony in court reads like a case study in how business is really done in Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin March 17, 2021

Fund manager Michael Calvey says no crime was committed in Baring Vostok Capital's investment in Vostochny Bank, according to testimony exclusively published by bne IntelliNews.

Turkmenistan: O debt, where is thy sting?

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet March 17, 2021

The president makes an unprecedented admission: Turkmenistan is deep in the red.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

Russia to block Twitter in 30 days if it doesn't comply with orders, boosting the domestic tech industry

Ben Aris in Berlin March 17, 2021

Russian authorities will attempt to block Twitter within the next 30 days if the company fails to delete content the government says is illegal, it was reported on March 16. The Kremlin is also using rules to boost its domestic tech sector.

Belarusian opposition proposes draft text of a new constitution

Ben Aris in Berlin March 16, 2021

The Belarusian opposition has a very short list of demands: Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko must step down, political prisoners must be freed and new elections must be held.

Russian business optimism picks up in February, IHS Markit survey finds

Ben Aris in Berlin March 15, 2021

Optimism amongst Russia’s businesses picked up strongly in February, according to the latest IHS Markit Business Outlook survey, the consultant reported in a note on March 11.

Multinational firms under pressure to break ties with Belarus

Ben Aris in Berlin March 15, 2021

International multinational firms are coming under increased pressure to break business ties with Belarus as opposition leaders apply a "name and shame" campaign as part of their struggle to oust incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko.

GV Gold on a roll

Ben Aris in Berlin March 12, 2021

Roman Schetinsky, strategy director of Russian top 5 gold producer GV Gold, forecasts a "growth tsunami" in gold prices.

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