Think tank releases intriguing account of how Turkmenistan’s Berdimuhamedov senior reclaimed power from junior

bne IntelIiNews May 7, 2023

When the stars aligned for son Serdar, his father’s plans to rule from behind the scenes started unravelling, says journalist and researcher.

Kilicdaroglu warns of armed elements and deepfake videos ahead of his attempt to ‘retire Erdogan’

bne IntelIiNews May 7, 2023

Nerve-racking week ahead for Turkey in run-up to May 14 elections.

Albania becomes an unexpected crisis-era success story

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 5, 2023

Modest inflation, a record-high lek and one of the Emerging Europe region’s fastest projected growth rates.

Meet the Russian partisans fighting back against Putin’s regime

Dominic Culverwell in London May 5, 2023

Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of Ukraine's Presidential Office, said “local resistance forces” were behind the attempted drone strike on the Kremlin.

ASEAN countries look to deepen ties with the BRICS bloc

Ben Aris in Berlin May 4, 2023

The nineteenth ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials’ Meeting (ARSOM) took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia on April 29, where foreign ministers of member countries looked to deepen ties with the emerging BRICS bloc.

BRICS bloc – BRICS+ new members

Ben Aris in Berlin May 4, 2023

South Africa is hosting what could turn out to be a historic meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) this August, where the leading emerging markets will invite new members to join an expanded "BRICS+" club

BRICS bloc: Death of the dollar?

Ben Aris in Berlin May 3, 2023

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on April 25 that Russia is now settling more of its international trade deals with yuan than it is with dollars.

BRICS bloc: EM goldbugs

Ben Aris in Berlin May 3, 2023

The dollar is becoming toxic in regular transactions, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Pankin told reporters on April 25, 2023. EM central banks are rushing into gold to protect their sovereign reserves.

BRICS bloc emerging

Ben Aris in Berlin May 2, 2023

Has the US just made a strategic blunder? In leading the military support of Ukraine’s fight against Russia, introducing a massive package of sanctions and weaponising the dollar, the West is driving the leading EMs into a BRICS bloc.

Southeast European economies expected to outperform the wider region

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

Albania, Kosovo and Romania stand out with strong projected growth in 2023-25, wiiw forecasts show.

Rebuilding within sight of the Russians in Donbas

Neil Hauer in Lyman April 30, 2023

Undaunted by the extensive damage or the proximity of the Russian lines, Ukraine Aid International is determined to bring normal life back to a town that has already suffered two brutal battles.

Kuryk port project takes aim at Kazakhstan’s dependence on Russian pipelines

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2023

As Russia’s war in Ukraine upends the flow of fuels and commodities around the globe, countries including its ex-Soviet neighbours are hunting for alternative routes that avoid Russia.

Tajikistan pleads poverty, spends money on unneeded luxuries

Eurasianet April 28, 2023

A panhandling president is unaccountable to his Western benefactors.

Emerging Europe on tentative recovery path from 2023

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

The Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe economies have largely digested the economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine and are heading for modest growth this year, says wiiw.

Boom time on Central Asia’s stock exchanges pushes capitalisation above $100bn

bne IntelIiNews April 26, 2023

Trading driven by covid rebound and rising importance of five ‘stans’ as manufacturing and transit economies due to sanctions imposed on Russia’s economy.

EU still among the largest importers of Russian oil products

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

New data shows that the EU is still among the largest importers of oil products from Russia, which are routed through 'laundromat' countries to avoid sanctions, according to the CREA.

Resilient Western Balkan economies now bigger than before pandemic

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2023

World Bank says reforms are needed to prepare the region for future shocks as growth is set to moderate this year.

Slovenia’s biggest listed companies face headwinds and tailwinds from a turbulent year

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 24, 2023

As results come through from Slovenia’s largest listed companies, there are stark differences in how the economic and political upheavals of the last year have treated them.

Exiled Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky urges caution using sanctions but says they are working

Ben Aris in Berlin April 23, 2023

Sanctions are good as they have cut Putin's regime off from the premium markets in the West and forced him only do business with other authoritarian regimes, says Khodorkovsky.

Kyrgyzstan, Russia ties tested by differences on trade, language

Eurasianet April 23, 2023

Russia is hurting close allies, fuelling frustration with the Eurasian Economic Union, or EEU trade bloc.