Rising Georgian backlash to Russian influx

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet March 8, 2022

More than 20,000 Russians have already fled to Georgia in the days since their country launched the invasion of Ukraine. Many Georgians say they are not welcome.

Russia's Chechen speartip in Ukraine

Neil Hauer in Lviv March 8, 2022

The Kremlin has need of soldiers that will not baulk from a fight, and whose deaths are likely to provoke little opprobrium. Enter Ramzan Kadyrov, the brutal, mercurial ruler of Chechnya, and his personal army.

Explainer | What about the EEU? Why Russia’s trade bloc is not a sanctions backdoor

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet March 8, 2022

The idea that the Eurasian Economic Union can help Moscow violate sanctions is exaggerated.

Women take up arms to defend Ukraine

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2022

Pensioners, an MP and a former beauty queen are among the women who have taken up arms and vowed to fight to defend Ukraine.

CEE's arms industry seeks to profit from new Cold War

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2022

Central and Eastern Europe’s arms industry should also benefit from the shift of defence up the list of political priorities.

Women in emerging Europe have 86% of the economic rights given to men

bne IntelliNews March 7, 2022

With the exception of Latvia, women in countries across the region are among the almost 2.4bn worldwide that don’t enjoy the same economic rights as men.

Poland struggles to cope with biggest refugee wave since WWII

Wojciech Kosc on the Poland-Ukraine border March 7, 2022

NGOs question government strategy of paying Poles to put up Ukrainians in their homes.

Collapse of Orban's Kremlin policy leaves him precariously balanced between East and West

bne IntelliNews March 6, 2022

Hungary's strongman now tries to portray himself as the leader who can keep Hungary out of the Ukraine conflict.

Analysts ask if Turkey’s policy of maintaining warm ties with both Ukraine and Russia will come under impossible strain

bne IntelIiNews March 6, 2022

For now, “balancing act has implicit OK from US-European coalition against Putin’s war”, says academic Louis Fishman. Ankara important for coalition as interlocutor with Russia, he adds.

Lukashenko's war economy

bne IntelliNews March 5, 2022

Sanctions are hitting Belarus hard and the regime is running out of tools to handle it. How will this affect Belarusian society?

Kazakhstan braces for impact of Russia sanctions regime

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet March 4, 2022

The economies are closely linked – and the trouble could not have come at a worse time.

Turkey’s official inflation hits 54%, highest level in 20 years

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 4, 2022

Research group calculates 124%. Country braces for impacts from Ukraine war. Black Sea trade has simply stopped.

Investors nervously watching Russia’s interbank interest rates for signs of a banking crisis

Ben Aris in Berlin March 2, 2022

Bankers and investors are nervously watching Russia’s interbank interest rates for a spike that would foreshadow the start of a banking crisis. While rates have risen in the last days, they are not yet at the levels that would ring alarm bells.

Profile: The Ukrainian-born “Kremlin consigliere” with Putin’s ear

Jason Corcoran in Dublin March 2, 2022

Kirill Dmitriev, the lynchpin of the Kremlin’s sovereign vehicle and a close adviser to President Vladimir Putin, has criss-crossed the world promoting multi-billion co-investments in Russia. He has now been singled out for sanctions.

An anti-Erdogan blueprint: Turkey has just been given reason to hope

Michael Daventry March 1, 2022

Six parties combine to explain how they plan to end one-man rule in Turkey.

Russian stock market sell-off: we’ve been here before

Ben Aris March 1, 2022

The market capitalisation of Russia’s stock market has just been cut in half. We have been here before as Russia has seen over a dozen stock market crashes before. However, the unanswered question remains the iconic: “is this time different?”

A history of Russian crises redux

Ben Aris in Berlin March 1, 2022

This crisis is the sixth big crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union. Each one is a disaster,but each on has done progressively less damage. However, the current crisis could prove to be the most damaging of all in the long term.

Chaos in Kyiv as escape routes close

Neil Hauer in Lviv March 1, 2022

Staying is becoming increasingly untenable, as Russian armour closes in. But fleeing, too, is not easy.

Escape from Kyiv

Cameron Jones escaping from Kyiv February 28, 2022

At 5am in the morning of February 24 I was awoken by the sound of large explosions in central Kyiv. I thought it was a car backfiring. It wasn't. Over the next four days I trekked across Ukraine along with thousands of others escaping westwards.

Lukashenko getting in over his head

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2022

Sanctions hit Belarus hard but slowly and it’s being drawn deeper and deeper into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.