Poland to build barrier along its border with Russia's Kaliningrad region

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2022

Warsaw fears new migration crisis after Russia reportedly opened the Kaliningrad exclave to flights from the Middle East and Asia.

Ukraine continues to cut its economic ties to Belarus

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2022

Ukraine has steadily cut off its economic ties with Belarus throughout this year, the impacts from this on the Belarusian economy have clearly been a major source of headache for Minsk officials.

Belarus imposes new price regulation system

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2022

On October 20, Belarus’s council of ministers introduced a new price regulation system aimed at curbing the rapidly growing inflation in the country by controlling price increases of manufacturers and retailers.

Ukraine believes Belarus’ increasing military activity is more than just posturing

bne intelinews October 21, 2022

Ukraine is increasingly fearing a renewed invasion from Belarusian territory, but while Minsk might hold back for a while longer, Russia is intensifying its aerial assaults against Ukraine from Belarusian territory.

Emerging Europe is growing faster than expected this year but will stagnate in 2023, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 20, 2022

For 2023 the wiiw has revised its forecasts down, and overall Emerging Europe growth will average just 0.3%, barely above the 0.2% predicted for the Eurozone.

What can we expect from Lukashenko’s escalated war rhetoric?

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2022

Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s recently escalated war rhetoric versus Ukraine has gained both Western capitals and Kyiv’s attention in the last few days. So, what can be expected from Lukashenko’s latest outburst?

Belarus Corruption Watch: How the Lukashenko family’s friends in the construction business hide from sanctions

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2022

In their latest investigation, the Belarusian Investigative Centre (BIC) has outlined the Karić brothers’ connections to the Minsk regime and investigated the legality of the sales and transfers of the family’s various properties.

Too early to call time on the CSTO

Kamila Ibragimova, Peter Leonard for Eurasianet October 14, 2022

More than a military alliance analogous to Nato, the bloc is a political entity. But analysts have never agreed on its exact purpose.

Minsk's "tricks" to circumvent the Western sanctions regime

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2022

On Monday, the EU warned Belarus of more sanctions if it chooses to send Belarusian troops into Ukraine. As the sanctions pressure mounts, more private and state actors are looking for loopholes or other tactics to evade or circumvent them.

Kyrgyzstan scraps military drills in latest sign of Russia’s waning influence in Central Asia

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty October 10, 2022

Move to cancel CSTO exercises made following border fighting with Tajikistan and with Armenia already angry that military bloc has been ‘missing in action’.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

Inflation "banned" in Belarus

bne IntelliNews October 8, 2022

Due to this year’s high inflation levels in Belarus, Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko yesterday decided to impose a ban on any further price increases in the country, effective immediately.

Lukashenko draws himself deeper into Putin’s war

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2022

Lukashenko has now officially admitted a certain participation by Belarus in Russia’s war in Ukraine, likely due to increased pressure from Putin for more political support. Now Lukashenko is drawing himself even deeper into Putin’s war.

Russia prepares for new attacks against Ukraine from Belarusian territory

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2022

While last week's mobilisation scare from Belarus appears to be a false alarm, Belarus is helping Russia prepare for renewed attacks along the lines of Ukraine's border with Belarus.

Belarus’ turn to China

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2022

Last week, Belarus began its accenssion to the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the two countries both signed a deepened strategic partnership. But what does Belarus have to gain from increased integration with China?

Belarus Corruption Watch: How sanctioned Belarusian oligarch Mikalai Varabei’s family has managed to keep its real estate holdings in the EU

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Despite having come under EU sanctions in late 2020 for being the “oil money man” of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, Mikalai Varabei and his family have somehow managed to preserve some of their riches in the EU.

Lukashenko meets with Putin in Sochi

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2022

As Lukashenko met with Putin in Sochi, economic co-operation was certainly high on the "bilateral agenda." For Lukashenko, the most pressing matter is a new $1.5bn loan, which he doesn't seem to be getting.

Lukashenko declares “no mobilisation” in Belarus as Minsk once again switches tactics

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2022

Lukashenko has declared that Belarus will not conduct a mobilisation such as Russia's, and in recent days, statements by Lukashenko and Belarus' foreign minister indicate an attempt at a new tactic from Minsk.

Belarus drafts bill on parallel imports to avoid Western sanctions

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2022

It's not only Belarusian exports that have been negatively affected by Western sanctions this year but the country's imports are also down to dangerously low levels. To ease the pressure Belarus is now considering a new law on parallel imports.

Belarus corruption watch: The Belarusian government elites' EU vacations

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2022

Despite their current hatred for Western Europe, a new investigation by the Belarusian Investigative Centre shows that a wide range of Belarusian government officials own real estate in, and frequently travel to, the EU.