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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

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.

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.

Lithuania terminates transport contract with Belarus potassium giant Belaruskali

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2022

Lithuania insists it did not break sanctions by allowing Belaruskali exports but the affair was extremely embarrassing because it has been one of the most strident voices calling for sanctions on Minsk.

Saudi Aramco and MOL buy Lotos assets to make PKN Orlen-Lotos merger possible

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2022

Orlen’s next goal is taking over oil and gas exploration and production company PGNiG to build a regional oil major.

Kazakh and Belarusian CSTO peacekeepers spotted wearing blue UN peacekeeping helmets

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 12, 2022

Kazakh state media caused a stir after it published photographs of state security forces wearing blue UN helmets at a checkpoint in Almaty on January 9.

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev slates ‘Nazarbayev’ oligarchs in populist attempt to turn page on country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 12, 2022

Announcing new ‘For the People’ fund, autocrat slams Kazakhstan’s financial system as dominated by large business groups "based on the principle 'everything for friends, and laws for everyone else'".

Sistema reported to be close to buying PPF's Russian Home Credit Bank

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2022

Sistema's Mobile TeleSystems mobile operator has been building up strong banking and fintech verticals after the incorporation of MTS Bank.

Russia reports poor harvest, Ukraine bumper crop in 2021

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2022

Droughts, death of winter crops and a shortage of migrant workers for seasonal field work hit Russia’s 2021 harvests, which was down to a three-year low, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture reports. Ukraine had one of its best harvests ever.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

Russia says no progress made during first day of security deal talks with US

Ben Aris in Berlin January 10, 2022

No progress was made during the first day of the Russo-US talks on Moscow's demand for legal guarantees of no more expansion of Nato and especially of Ukraine’s inclusion.

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.

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’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.

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.

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?