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The Kremlin takes control of the internet in Russia’s Duma elections

Ben Aris in Berlin September 18, 2021

Russia Duma elections are underway but the election is not about re-electing the ruling United Russia Party but more to ensure that jailed anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s smart voting project is a total failure.

Georgian tourism struggles to recover

Manana Vardiashvili for IWPR September 16, 2021

Once a key economic driver, the sector has been hard hit by COVID-19 and political turbulence.

LONG READ: Russia's hybrid Duma elections

Ben Aris in Berlin September 16, 2021

Russia goes to the polls this weekend to vote in a new Duma. There is little doubt that the ruling United Russia will win a majority. The elections are fixed. But in many regions the elections are fair and those are the smart voting targets.

SPB Exchange driving Russia's retail equity investment revolution

Ben Aris in Berlin September 15, 2021

Russia is going through a retail investment revolution. Plunging interest rates at bank deposits – long the favoured store of wealth for the average person – have led to a boom in Russians investing into equities.

DATACRUNCH: Serbia makes a strong recovery from a modest crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 15, 2021

Serbia was one of the best performers in the entire emerging Europe region in 2020 and is now on track for rapid growth this year.

INTERVIEW: Benjamin Roll, Czech protest leader

Robert Anderson in Prague September 14, 2021

Million Moments chairman says his protest movement is ready to take centre stage again as Prime Minister Andrej Babis chases re-election next month.

Russia's ultra-convenience shopping’s future isn’t just online

Stephen Bierman in Moscow September 13, 2021

Europe’s largest retail market may see sales from small local shops offering low-price basic items more than double over the next five years. Russia's new "ultra-convenience" stores are the next big thing in retail.

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

bneGreen: Green push comes to steel

Stephen Bierman of NEO September 10, 2021

The world got its first delivery of carbon-free steel last month, setting a pair of green goalposts for the industry’s future. Progress for the moment and future, all the same, will require changes in production processes, feed stock and fuels.

As Georgia rebuffs the West, investors reconsider

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi September 10, 2021

Country's image as a business haven seems to have reached its limits. Raft of scandals, major failed investment deals and a corrupt, unreformed judiciary have nearly ground investment to a halt.

Foreign companies dominate Hungary’s B2C scene

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2021

Last year sales jumped 45% to €2.5bn, fuelled by lockdowns and changing consumer patterns.

Azerbaijan-Russia relations sour over Karabakh disagreements

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet September 9, 2021

Baku has been increasingly airing public criticisms of Moscow over the post-war order, which have been exacerbated by the lack of a formal mandate for the Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh.

bneGreen: Meat’s animal-free future

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 8, 2021

Startups in emerging Europe developing alternative proteins are part of a growing movement aimed at helping to fight climate change and feed the world’s expanding population.

Hazara Mongols fearing extinction in Afghanistan dream of return to ancient homeland

Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar September 7, 2021

Repressed ethnic minority dread renewed persecution under second Taliban regime. Academics in Mongolia wonder if legends about “how we will go and bring our people back” could come true.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

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