Lukashenko hits out at lack of unity shown by member nations of Russia-led military bloc

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

Nordic Nato accession set to reinforce Baltic states' security

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 16, 2022

The accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will transform the picture in the Baltic region but more military deployments are still needed, argue Baltic experts.

What's behind Belarus' latest troops movements along the border with Ukraine?

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

While Belarus' latest troop increases along the border with Ukraine have worried many, these actions should be seen in the light of Lukashenko's aim of de-escalating tensions with the West while showing loyalty to Putin.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Belarus' looming economic crisis

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2022

The Belarusian regime is expanding the state authorities' grip on the economy to manage the sanctions pressure. However, this may have inverse effects.

Dark days for Belarusian potash

bne IntelliNews May 3, 2022

Sanctions are taking its toll on the Belarusian economy, and its making some of the world's largest potash fertiliser importers rethink their trade-dependence on the post-Soviet nation.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

What are Russian troops still doing in Belarus?

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2022

While the front line has moved to Eastern and Southern Ukraine, Russian troops still remain in Belarus. The question is, what are they still doing there? Moreover, what are the objectives of Lukashenko's revived dialogue initiatives with the West?

The Belarusian regime's "crypto friendliness"

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2022

The EU's latest sanctions package makes it harder for Russian and Belarusian actors to evade sanctions using cryptocurrencies. In light of this, it's also important to remember what the Belarusian regime's "crypto friendliness" is actually based on.

Minsk switches its rhetoric in fear of a domestic political revival

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2022

Lukashenko has demanded that Belarus is granted a place at Russia's and Ukraine's peace negotiations. Minsk is more and more sidestepping its previous war rhetoric against Ukraine, and has stopped calling Russia's invasion a "special operation".

EBRD warns that 2022 results will be 'significantly affected' by Ukraine conflict

bne IntelliNews April 7, 2022

The EBRD made a record profit of €2.5bn in 2021 on the performance of equity investments and the reduction of expected credit losses.

The Belarusians struggle at home and abroad

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2022

While being harassed as collaborators abroad, Belarusians continue their struggle against the Lukashenko regime.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

EBRD in process of closing resident offices in Moscow and Minsk

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2022

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is in the process of closing its Resident Offices in Moscow and Minsk, the development bank said in a press release on March 29.

Belarus grants political asylum to US citizen

bne IntelliNews March 28, 2022

Last week the Belarusian authorities granted political asylum to a US citizen. The regime has used this in an attempt to legitimise itself amidst its own brutal domestic political persecution.

Will Lukashenko join the war?

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2022

Ukrainian intelligence sources have lately been cited as saying that Belarus may join Russia’s war soon. However, US officials earlier this week said that they saw no signs of Belarus joining the war anytime soon.

COMMENT: EU's sanctions need to cover Belarus' 'mini oligarchy'

bne IntelliNews March 25, 2022

Belarus' tycoons may not have the political influence of their Russian counterparts, but they are major enablers of the illegal conduct of the Lukashenko regime, both at home and abroad.

President of Belarus claims 'cyberweapons more terrifying than nuclear weapons'

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell March 25, 2022

Hacktivists targeting the Belarusian state as part of the cyberware against the invasion of Ukraine are getting under the skin of authoritarian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Perspectives | Russian invasion dealing China a Silk Road economic setback

Nathan Hutson for Eurasianet March 21, 2022

But Kazakhstan has more to lose.

The sanctioned Belarusian economy

bne IntelliNews March 21, 2022

Sanctions keep taking their toll on the Belarusian economy, isolating it yet further from global value chains, although the Belarusian government is trying out new policies to ease the effects from sanctions.