Jailed Belarus presidential candidate Tikhanovsky charged with plotting mass riots

Ben Aris in Berlin May 6, 2021

The Belarusian Prosecutor-General’s Office has indicted jailed presidential candidate Sergei Tikhanovsky and his associates with plotting mass riots ahead of presidential elections last August.

Belarus' Lukashenko makes his big announcement, but it wasn't about merging Russia and Belarus

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko made his big announcement on April 24, but it wasn't about merging Russia and Belarus as some had suspected. Lukashenko will change the rules of succession and give more power to the Security Council.

Will Belarus merge with Russia this week?

Ben Aris in Berlin April 19, 2021

Social media was buzzing with speculation after Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko said that he was going to announce a “principled” decision of the last quarter century this week on April 17.

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Belarus to hike central bank rates 75bp to 8.5% from April 21

bne IntelliNews April 15, 2021

The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus will hike its key interest rate by 75bp from April 21 to 8.5% to combat rising inflation. In addition, the bank’s overnight lending rate will be increased to 9.5% and the overnight deposit rate to 7.5%.

Poland deploys troops close to Belarusian border in response to crackdown on Polish minority

bne IntelliNews April 13, 2021

Poland is deploying troops to a new camp close to the Belarusian border that will inflame already poor relations as President Alexander Lukashenko cracks down on the Polish minority.

Belarus introduces new restrictions on political parties and media

Ben Aris in Berlin April 13, 2021

Belarus has announced new rules on forming political parties after several opposition figures said they planned to set up new parties.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Minsk peace talks may abandon Minsk

FPRI BMB Ukraine April 12, 2021

Ukraine has announced that it will not hold further peace talks in Minsk within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Belarus confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 320,000

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2021

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has exceeded 320,000 with the country counting as many as 995 more new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry reported on March 29.

Belarus’ opposition abandons attempts at dialogue with Lukashenko, Tikhanovskaya branded a terrorist

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that the opposition is making no attempt at any dialogue with Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko, but is focusing on appealing directly to those working in his administration.

Over 200 arrested at “Freedom Day” protest in Belarus, but turnout was low

Ben Aris in Berlin March 26, 2021

Belarusian police arrested over 200 protesters during Belarus’ Freedom Day demonstrations on March 25, the first big protests of the spring season, although the turnout was disappointingly small.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko names possible successors

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2021

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko named former minister of the interior and presidential aide Yuri Karayev and former health minister Vladimir Karanik as possible successors if he were to stand down as president.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Central and Southeastern Europe head for a V-shaped recovery

Gunter Deuber and Nicolae Covrig of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna and Bucharest March 19, 2021

The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.

Belarus’ Tikhanovskaya calls for online vote on talks between Minsk and opposition

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2021

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is calling for online talks between self-appointed President Lukashenko's regime and the opposition.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

Ukraine still importing power from Belarus, despite promise to break ties

Ben Aris in Belrin March 17, 2021

As the heating season is close to ending Ukraine is still importing large amounts of power from Belarus, despite a promise to break its connection to the Belarusian and Soviet era grid.

Belarusian opposition proposes draft text of a new constitution

Ben Aris in Berlin March 16, 2021

The Belarusian opposition has a very short list of demands: Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko must step down, political prisoners must be freed and new elections must be held.

The official Belarusian Eurovision entry likely to get booed off the stage

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2021

The officially backed Belarusian candidate for this year’s Eurovision song contest, Galasy ZMesta, is likely to get booed off the stage if it is allowed to compete.