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Ukraine’s banks on the mend, tracking 2019 results

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2021

Ukraine’s banks managed to avoid the worst of the coronacrisis and found their business largely unaffected by the events of the last year.

Changing world gives agrifood tech a boost in Romania

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 4, 2021

Agrifood tech is poised to grow in Romania, which combines one of Europe’s largest agricultural areas with a strong IT sector, say the authors of a new report on the sector.

Almaty nonchalant over earthquake fears

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet June 30, 2021

As Kazakhstan awaits the Big One, its seismologists are underfunded while ever-taller buildings rise in the earthquake-prone commercial capital.

Romania’s energy blockchain revolution failed before it started

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 30, 2021

The ICOs of two tokens launched in Romania three years ago raised a total of $55mn, but today their values have plunged close to zero and their websites are down. bne IntelliNews investigates where their founders are now.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Small transition states particularly vulnerable to ‘corrosive capital’

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

Countries from the former Yugoslavia have seen a series of un-transparent investments with a geo-political agenda, says think tank CIPE.

S&P: EMEA faster growth, but higher inflation

Ben Aris in Berlin June 29, 2021

Emerging market economies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are recovering faster than previously expected from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but that has come with higher inflation.

Money laundering disquiet as Turkey's sixth wealth amnesty law expires

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 29, 2021

Erdogan administration even made it possible for assets to be carried into country in a suitcase, with no inquiries posed as to origins.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

Uzbekistan has built up some growth momentum despite a tough year

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The Uzbek economy has three key things going for it: it has growth; it has a young and growing population, and it has money. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a comprehensive reform programme in 2017 that is now starting to bear fruit.

INTERVIEW: Kyrylo Shevchenko, Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The National Bank of Ukraine's (NBU) clean-up of the banking sector and prudent monetary policy have been some of the outstanding successes of Ukraine’s reform programme.

M.Video-Eldorado Group – Russia's retail lion

Ben Aris in Berlin June 27, 2021

The merger between Russian consumer electronics giants M.Video and Eldorado in March 2018 created the biggest electronics retailer in Europe, but now it is in a new race against fast growing e-commerce companies.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Srebrenica casts a long shadow over regional politics

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 25, 2021

Montenegro’s resolution on the Srebrenica genocide sparks tensions at home and across former Yugoslavia.

Gazprom reportedly withholds gas supplies to drive up European prices

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

Gazprom is intentionally withholding gas supplies to drive up prices in Europe, according to the FT. But not everyone agrees.

Tajikistan: COVID-19 crisis escalates, forcing government to drop denials

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet June 24, 2021

China has delivered 300,000 doses of vaccine, but will the public want them?

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Seven decades of Bosnia’s “red capitalist” Energoinvest

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo June 23, 2021

Energoinvest is one of the few large Bosnian companies that survived the wars of the 1990s and their aftermath.

Fix Price: the bricks and mortar retail disruptor

Ben Aris in Berlin June 23, 2021

The stagnation of real incomes in Russia is driving the business of Fix Price, the leading hard discounter that is now one of the fastest growing retail businesses in the world.

Belarusian prosecution asks for 15-year sentence for jailed presidential candidate Viktor Babariko

Ben Aris in Berlin June 23, 2021

Belarus’ prosecution has asked for the maximum 15-year sentence for the jailed presidential candidate Viktor Babariko, who has been on remand for a year on embezzlement charges.

DATACRUNCH: Central banks hike rates in the fight against inflation

Ben Aris in Berlin June 22, 2021

The economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are bouncing back from the pandemic recession but this will also stimulate inflation, posing a dilemma for central banks.

Armenia's Pashinyan wins re-election in landslide

Joshua Kucera & Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet June 21, 2021

The elections were a unique event in post-Soviet Armenian history, as the results were not a foregone conclusion. The incumbent won an unexpectedly large mandate to stay in power.

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