Mongolia's environment minister fired for failing to solve Ulaanbaatar's air pollution dilemma

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar January 18, 2022

When Urtnasan Nyamjav sent drones to assess the blight, choking city dwellers wondered why they didn’t merit a visit.

Who are the group responsible for last week's hacker attack against Ukrainian websites?

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2022

The hacker group UNC1151 have been blamed for last weeks cyber-attack on Ukrainian government sites, but who are they?

Chemical group Chimcomplex plans Romania's largest international corporate bond issue

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 18, 2022

€350mn bond issue and €225mn capital increase to finance relaunch of chemical production lines.

Iran-backed Houthis claim drone strike on UAE same day Tehran diplomats return to Saudi Arabia

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2022

Three dead in attack near Abu Dhabi airport. Escalation of Yemen conflict could derail efforts to defuse Middle East tensions.

Kazakh officials decline to confirm or deny death of Nursultan Nazarbayev

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 17, 2022

Not a word has been heard from ex-president since country was plunged into turmoil by unrest.

Crisis eases in Bosnia as Dodik says Serbs to return to state institutions

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 17, 2022

Bosnian Serb leader backs on withdrawal of Serbs from army and other state institutions under pressure from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Poroshenko’s comeback

FPRI BMB Ukraine January 17, 2022

Publicly charged with high treason on December 20, former President Petro Poroshenko has been abroad since then and is currently still in Warsaw. Kyiv’s Pechersk Court ruled in absentia on January 6 that Poroshenko’s assets should be seized.

Belarus hackers behind the Ukraine cyberattack, Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Ben Aris in Berlin January 16, 2022

Belarus hackers were behind the Ukraine cyberattack, it was announced as Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Kosovo’s parliament bans voting in Serbian referendum in Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 16, 2022

Voting underway in Serbian referendum on constitution aimed at boosting independence of the judiciary, but MPs in Pristina vote to ban ethnic Serbs from voting on Kosovan territory.

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan make deals with Taliban, but watch border warily

Eurasianet January 15, 2022

A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.

Website of Iranian leader showcases animation of robot calling in drone strike to assassinate Trump

bne IntelIiNews January 14, 2022

Revenge video submitted in contest to mark two-year anniversary of US killing of Iran’s then second most powerful official and most influential general, Qasem Soleimani.

OSCE talks between Russia and West on limiting Nato expansion end with little result

Ben Aris in Berlin January 13, 2022

The first round of Russian prompted talks to halt Nato’s eastern expansion and negotiate a new security deal in Europe has concluded, but with little progress made.

Lukashenko and Xi Jinping hold telephone conversation praising future co-operation

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

On January 10, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation, marking 30 years of bilateral contact between the countries and praising the development of future bilateral co-operation.

Croatia probes alleged insider trading by central bank management

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 13, 2022

Probe into central bank governor Boris Vujcic and other senior officials launched after media reports that dozens of HNB employees traded in bonds of banks regulated by the central bank.

MEPs accuse EU Commissioner Varhelyi of supporting Dodik’s separatism in Bosnia

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

MEPs demand investigation into claims enlargement commissioner backed Dodik, despite denial by Hungary's ruling Fidesz.

Azerbaijan president uses rare interview to threaten Armenia

Javid Agha in Baku January 13, 2022

The interview is thought to be Ilham Aliyev's first major appearance before local media since he succeeded his father in 2003.

Moldova seeks last-minute solutions to avoid new gas crisis

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2022

Repeat of November gas crisis looms as Moldovan gas importer Moldovagaz lacks the €25mn needed to pay the January bill to its parent company Gazprom.

Orban sets regulatory prices of some staples ahead of election

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

Opposition parties said the government’s latest move is a clear admission that the Hungarian economy is in a tragic state.

Ukrainian Space Agency announces plans to launch eight satellites by 2025.

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 13, 2022

Ukraine will launch eight satellites within the next three years as it launches the National Targeted Scientific and Technical Space Program for 2021-2025.

West calls for Russia to de-escalate tensions, withdraw troops from Ukraine border if the Nato talks are to proceed.

Ben Aris in Berlin January 13, 2022

Russia and the Western delegations went eyeball to eyeball at the first Nato Council meeting in two years on January 12, with the allies demanding that Russia de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian border.