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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.

Slow changes in Russia’s regional quality of life rating, but big inequalities remain

Ben Aris in Berlin March 10, 2021

For two decades it used to be said that there were two Russias: Moscow and everywhere else. The difference between the quality of life in Russia’s capital and in the other 84 far flung regions was enormous.

A wild horse, the Dutch and Mongolia’s Cheeseman

Antonio Graceffo March 10, 2021

Creating income streams for herders and moving Mongolia up the value chain, one cheese at a time.

Slovenia: Emerging Europe’s secret success story

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 10, 2021

Slovenia started the transition as the most prosperous state in the post-socialist space, a position it has held on to despite a severe debt crisis and stiff competition from several booming Central European economies.

ANALYSIS: Central Asia bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 9, 2021

Despite the COVID crunch, Uzbekistan’s borrowing has blossomed. Tajikistan appears headed for trouble.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

Russian government may cut borrowing this year by RUB0.5 - 1 trillion over US sanctions fears

Ben Aris in Berlin March 4, 2021

The Russian government reportedly discussed a proposal to cut borrowing this year over fears that US sanctions could target sovereign debt.

Sanctions risk on Russia is over-priced

Ben Aris in Berlin March 2, 2021

Investors into Russian stocks, bonds and the ruble are holding their breath, waiting to see how bad the widely expected US sanctions on Russia will be. But the growing consensus is that the US sanctions will be light and merely symbolic.

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