Norwigean fertiliser producer Yara initiates wind-down of its sourcing of Belarusian potash

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2022

Today, the Norwigean fertiliser producer Yara announced a wind-down in its sourcing of Potash from the Belarusian state-owned company JSC Belaruskali.

Bosnian Serbs celebrate unconstitutional Republika Srpska Day

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 10, 2022

Controversial celebration took place as Bosnian Serb politicians are seeking to remove Republika Srpska from state-level institutions, prompting fears about the breakup of Bosnia.

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

Russian talks with the West over Nato expansion kick off

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2022

The first round of talks between the West and Russia over cutting a new pan-European security deal for the next decades have kicked off in Geneva.

Kazakhstan: Masimov’s downfall, from the corridors of power to a jail cell

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet January 9, 2022

Masimov has been arrested and charged with treason only days after being fired.

Kazakhstan’s former security services chief detained as rumours of palace infighting grow amid country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

‘Grey cardinal’ Karim Masimov faces claims of high treason. Press secretary of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev, meanwhile, denies speculation the former leader has fled the country.

Albanian police use tear gas to disperse protest at opposition Democrats’ HQ

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2022

Supporters of Democrats’ former leader Sali Berisha forced their way into building as power struggle with current leadership turns violent.

Fugitive banker Ablyazov lays claim to filling opposition vacuum in Kazakhstan as president says forces will shoot-to-kill

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

Tokayev seeks to delegitimise protests as “terrorist” but has provided no evidence to back claim that unrest results from foreign plot.

Inflows into EM and Russian securities resume after Christmas sell-off

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2022

Funds flows reversed and began flowing back into Russia’s securities following a sharp sell-off in the last two months of 2021 on the back of rapidly rising geopolitical tensions.

Romania’s central bank expected to hike refinancing rate on January 10

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 7, 2022

The rate hike in Poland earlier this week encouraged expectations for a similar move in Bucharest, where the BNR has been more cautious until now.

Kazakhstan upheaval impacts country’s banks, bonds, equities and uranium and oil industries

bne IntelIiNews January 6, 2022

Banks and stock market remain closed. Sovereign bond yields are hit. Uranium prices surge.

Spread of Omicron pushes coronavirus infections to all-time highs in parts of Southeast Europe

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 6, 2022

Albania and Croatia reported record numbers of COVID-19 infections while other countries are close to records set in previous waves of the pandemic.

Fake news? Conflicting reports of shooting in Almaty as Russian and Kazakh governments appear to manipulate reporting for own agendas

bne correspondent in Almaty. January 6, 2022

Soldiers have started a military operation to clear the streets of Kazakhstan’s commercial capital and largest city, threatening to shoot on sight anyone that ventures abroad. But are the reports real?

CSTO comes out of the shadows for the first time

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.

Hungarian opposition PM candidate abandons plans to set up his own fraction

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

Opposition parties seem to have lost their momentum after the primaries, amid squabbling over joint national list.

US imposes new sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Dodik

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 6, 2022

Fresh sanctions follow move by Dodik to remove Bosnia's Serb entity from state institutions, potentially leading to the breakup of the country.

#Kazakhstan President Tokayev calls on CSTO to send peacekeepers as protests spin out of control

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Moscow-led security alliance of five ex-Soviet states has agreed to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan where the protests have got beyond the control of the authorities.

Fears Europe could run out of gas this year fall on warmer weather, rising LNG deliveries, but gas supplies remain tight

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2022

The draw-down from Europe’s gas storage facilities has flattened out thanks to the arrival of warmer weather and a “flotilla” of US LNG deliveries as of January 3, according to AGSI+ data.

President appeals to Moscow and threatens ruthless crackdown on Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Day sees protesters seize Almaty airport. Tokayev strips predecessor Nazarbayev of state security post and speaks to Russian and Belarusian counterparts to discuss response to turmoil. Moscow-led CSTO to send peacekeepers.

Poland’s central bank delivers fourth rate hike to 2.25%

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2022

The Polish central bank used to the most dovish in Central Europe but now Polish rates are higher than in Czechia and Hungary.