With Turkish backing, Azerbaijan ups rhetoric against Russia

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet September 3, 2020

It remains to be seen if this is yet another tactical balancing act on Baku’s part, or the sign of a more substantial shift.

Capital Economics and IIF report capital flows have reversed and returning to EMs

Ben Aris in Berlin September 2, 2020

Capital Economics and the Institute of International Finance report capital flows have reversed and are returning to EMs in July for the first time since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis began.

Belarus’s economy in danger of a crisis in the face of sustained popular protests, says IIF

Ben Aris in Berlin September 2, 2020

Gripped by mass protests and a general strike, Belarus will struggle to meet its debt obligations this year and faces a serious economic crisis, reports the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in a paper released on September 2.

Russia’s permafrost is melting

Ben Aris in Berlin September 2, 2020

The frozen wastes of Russia’s interior are melting. That’s a big problem for Russia, and could be an even bigger problem for the planet. A large share of Russia’s oil, gas, diamonds and metals are produced in cities that sit on the permafrost.

Happy birthday RTS, 25 years old on September 1

Ben Aris in Berlin September 1, 2020

The dollar-denominated Russia Trading System (RTS) celebrates its 25th birthday. The predominant Russian stock exchange was launched on September 1, 1995 with the leading RTS index set at an arbitrary 100.

SCOOP: Leaked emails of Trump-linked ‘Russian spy’ Kilimnik reveal full story of Ukraine back channels to the EU

Graham Stack in Berlin August 31, 2020

bne IntelliNews has obtained hundreds of Konstantin Kilimnik's emails that show how he and Paul Manafort tried to influence Europe on behalf of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych by building back channels that eventually lead to Manafort's jailing

TURKEY INSIGHT: Has Erdogan reached the limits of siphoning hard currency from local banks?

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 30, 2020

Financial engineering to keep the Turkish lira from crashing through the floor may soon be in a head-on collision with some unavoidable market realities.

The robot will help you now

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 29, 2020

Robot grocery deliveries, checkout-free stores and facial recognition payments are some of the technologies coming out of CEE as retail goes contactless.