Turkey scraps fees on physical FX withdrawals from banks

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 24, 2020

Some speculation that introduction of commission two weeks ago spooked Turks into withdrawing their hard currency from banks.

Leading members of Belarus’ Coordinating Council and strike movements have been arrested as Belarus' Lukashenko starts crackdown

Ben Aris in Berlin August 24, 2020

Leading members of Belarus’ Coordinating Council and strike movements were arrested on August 24 as Belarus' self-appointed president Alexander Lukashenko started to carry out a threat to “crackdown” on the opposition.

Poll indicates same-sex partnerships in Estonia could be in jeopardy

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2020

Estonia is the only Baltic state to have legitimised co-habitation between two individuals regardless of sex, but a whopping 55% of Estonian citizens still support the definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Romania’s CE Oltenia outlines restructuring and decarbonisation plan with €1.5bn of investments

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2020

Troubled energy giant to scale down coal power production and gradually close its coal mines while investing into new renewables capacity.

The March Of New Belarus demonstration attracts the biggest crowd since Belarus’ independence

Ben Aris in Berlin August 24, 2020

A huge crowd of at least 250,000 answered the call by opposition leaders to rally in central Minsk on August 23 in the biggest show of defiance by the population yet, bigger even than the demonstrations in 1991 demanding the country’s independence.

Yulia Tymoshenko tests positive for coronavirus and in “serious condition”

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2020

Opposition leader, former Prime Minister and head of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party Yulia Tymoshenko has been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in a serious condition, it was reported on August 23.

Lukashenko retakes control of the media, plays the "enemy at the gate" card

Ben Aris in Berlin August 23, 2020

Another missing Belarus protester was found dead in a forest in the Partyzanski district of Minsk over the weekend. He was the fourth protester to die in the current uprising against Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko

Serbian Orthodox Church convoy heads to Montenegro in protest against new law on religions

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2020

Clerics to gather at Jabuka monastery in protest against Montenegro’s new law on religion they fear will strip the Serbian Orthodox Church of hundreds of religious sites.

A 32-kilometre human chain from Vilnius to Belarusian border formed

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius August 23, 2020

Some 50,000 people have reportedly formed an approximately 32-km human chain from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to the Belarusian border to demonstrate solidarity with the Belarusian opposition contesting the fraudulent August 9 presidential result.

FSB admits to “close’ surveillance of Russian opposition activist Navalny, who was medivaced to Berlin after suspected poison attack

Ben Aris in Berlin August 23, 2020

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) admitted to closely following anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny while in Tomsk, where he appears to have been poisoned

Little girl Holodomor statue in Kyiv torn down by vandals

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2020

A statue of a little girl that symbolises Holodomor, the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, was torn down by vandals in what is seen as a political act just a day before Ukraine celebrates its independence day.

Fitch revises Turkey’s junk rating outlook to ‘Negative’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 22, 2020

Affirms ‘BB-’ rating, three notches below investment grade. Ankara’s external financing risks exacerbated, rating agency says. Sharp fall in real interest rates to minus 3.5% has further weakened monetary policy credibility, it adds.