Russian media airing increasingly Armenia-sceptic narrative

Ani Mejlumyan of Eurasianet September 23, 2022

Armenians could usually rely on favourable coverage from the media of its strategic ally. Following another escalation, that no longer seems to be the case.

Hungary to launch national consultation on EU sanctions against Russia

Tamas Csonka in Budapest September 23, 2022

Viktor Orban’s latest move is another way of shifting the blame for economic woes following a procyclical and expansive fiscal policy in recent years.

Ukraine celebrates as revered Azovstal soldiers freed in largest POW swap

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin September 23, 2022

Nearly 200 Azovstal soldiers were freed in the war’s largest prisoner swap on September 21. In exchange, Kyiv has given Moscow the Ukrainian oligarch and pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk and 55 Russian POWs.

MOSCOW BLOG: Panic and protests in Russia, but not at mass demonstration tipping point yet

Ben Aris in Berlin September 22, 2022

Panic swept Russia after President Vladimir Putin announced mass mobilisation on September 21, with tens of thousands making for border to escape conscription into the Russian army. By the evening small protests broke out across the country.

Protests and sold out flights follow Putin’s mobilisation

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2022

Over 1,300 detained after protests break out in 38 Russian cities, while flights to remaining visa-free destinations sell out.

DATACRUNCH: Europe's energy crisis in charts

Ben Aris in Berlin September 22, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin's two most powerful weapons in his conflict with the West are inflation and power prices.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan warn citizens not to sign up to fight for Russia in Ukraine

bne IntelIiNews September 22, 2022

Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.

Russia wants to 'erase' Ukraine from the map, Biden tells UN

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin September 21, 2022

US President Joe Biden said the US is working with its allies and partners to deter attacks against Nato and to “hold Russia accountable for its atrocities and war crimes”.

ING: Energy price caps are appealing, but are not without risks

Gerben Hieminga of ING, Nadège Tillier of ING September 21, 2022

On 14 September 2022, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, announced in her State of the Union speech a set of proposals to mitigate the impact of high energy prices.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin ups the ante with partial mobilisation

Ben Aris September 21, 2022

The decision was an extreme one and carries real political risks. Most Russian back the war, but only passively.

Putin escalates war in Ukraine with partial mobilisation, nuclear threat

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2022

Putin says he will use "all the means at our disposal" to defend Russia, as he issues mobilisation order to call up 300,000 men from country's military reserves.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Media risk underplaying significance of Tajikistan’s attack on Kyrgyzstan says academic

bne IntelIiNews September 20, 2022

Term “border clash” not sufficient for “some of the most violent and consequential” days in the independent history of Central Asia.

Bosnia’s Dodik gets a warm welcome in Moscow

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2022

Putin endorses Bosnian Serb leader, one of his few remaining European allies, ahead of Bosnia’s October elections.

Russia to hold referendum in Luhansk and Donetsk, paving the way for possible annexation

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2022

The two Russian-controlled Donbas regions announced on September 20 that they will hold a snap referendum next week to ask residents if they want to join the Russian Federation.

Energy crisis: Europe’s industry shutting down

Ben Aris in Berlin September 20, 2022

Dozens of plants across a diverse range of industries such as steel, aluminium, fertilisers and the power industry have been forced to close up shop as sky-high gas and power prices make their businesses lossmaking.

NEMETHY: The dawn of a new era: more expensive energy and wages?

Les Nemethy September 20, 2022

Psychologists say that the human brain suffers from dozens of different biases, perhaps one of the most important of these being “recency bias”. We tend to project the past into the future and Putin's war has radically changed that future.

Two Turkish banks suspend use of Russian Mir cards amid US sanctions pressure

Akin Nazli in Belgrade September 19, 2022

Isbank and Denizbank drop service. In recent days, Washington has cranked up pressure on Turkey over intensifying economic cooperation with Russia.

Zelinskiy renews call for Russia to be named a 'terrorist state' after Izyum massacre

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin September 19, 2022

The exhumation of hundreds of corpses in Izyum continues “non-stop”, announced the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Belarus PM claims that exports are recovering while Minsk eyes a new route out for potash fertilisers

bne IntelliNews September 19, 2022

The damage dealt by Western sanctions on Belarus' export sector seems to be increasing by the month. However, Belarus' PM still claims that exports are recovering. Minsk is also looking at Murmansk as a new route for its fertiliser exports.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.