Putin’s dwindling circle of friends in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2022

The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.

Kazakh president bemoans shrinking lake, doesn’t mention China’s take

Artyem Sochnev for Eurasianet October 11, 2022

Lake Balkhash is fed by the Ili River that originates over the border in China’s Xinjiang region.

INTERVIEW: Russia’s independent news outlet Meduza reinvents itself again

Linas Jegelevicius in Riga October 10, 2022

"We live here in Riga, but still wake up and go to bed in Moscow, as we are so involved in the Russian agenda."

A tight bear hug or looser embrace for Russia-backed separatists

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 9, 2022

With Russia distracted by a war in Ukraine that is not going well, where does that leave the client governments it has backed in three separatist republics in Georgia and Moldova?

Ukraine war leads to traffic jams in Georgia

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet October 7, 2022

International transport routes through Ukraine and Russia have been disrupted, and Georgia has become a popular alternative.

Displaced from Karabakh watch reconstruction process with hope, concern

Heydar Isayev of Eurasianet October 6, 2022

Azerbaijani IDPs are eager to return home. But they are uncertain about how their new lives are going to look.

Armenia’s Pashinyan, Turkey’s Erdogan set for unprecedented face-to-face Prague meeting

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 6, 2022

Encounter is “huge” says analyst. However, hopes for a breakthrough in resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are low.

Mongolia consumers feel weight of inflation as food prices rise

Michael Kohn in Ulaanbaatar October 5, 2022

Each morning, food distributor Suren Bat-Tur goes to the Bars wholesale food market in Ulaanbaatar to purchase produce for resale. Lately, the mushrooms, coriander, tomatoes and other grocery items he buys have hit eye-watering prices.

Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

Orban faces perfect economic storm of his own making

Tamas Csonka in Budapest October 3, 2022

Hungary’s radical right-wing leader is struggling to cope with the country’s unfolding cost of living crisis, a task made much harder because of his pre-election spending spree and his isolation inside the European Union.

Czechs try to transform EU's relationship with Israel

Robert Anderson in Prague October 3, 2022

As the current rotating president of the European Union, Prague has convened a meeting of the long moribund EU Israel Association to try to boost EU links with the Jewish state.

Belarus’ turn to China

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2022

Last week, Belarus began its accenssion to the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the two countries both signed a deepened strategic partnership. But what does Belarus have to gain from increased integration with China?

East and West clash in Bulgaria’s snap general election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 29, 2022

Old alliances have broken down, with Russian vs Western orientation becoming the biggest dividing line in Bulgarian politics.

Old faces set to keep ruling Bosnia post-election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 29, 2022

The main nationalist parties are expected to retain their leading positions in Sunday’s elections, with hopes for reforms fading away once again.

Georgia’s border clogged with thousands of Russians fleeing the Kremlin’s mobilisation

Mack Tubridy in Stepantsminda on the Russian-Georgian border September 29, 2022

After Vladimir Putin escalated the war in Ukraine with a mobilisation order, thousands of Russians are trying to enter Georgia to avoid being drafted and sent to the front lines in the war in Ukraine.

Meloni won the elections, but her programme won’t make Italy the next Hungary

Marco Cacciati in Berlin September 29, 2022

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing nationalist party, “Fratelli d’Italia” (FDI, “Brothers of Italy”), won a convincing victory in the general elections, but raised fears that the country will move closer to Moscow as a result.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Belarus Corruption Watch: How sanctioned Belarusian oligarch Mikalai Varabei’s family has managed to keep its real estate holdings in the EU

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Despite having come under EU sanctions in late 2020 for being the “oil money man” of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, Mikalai Varabei and his family have somehow managed to preserve some of their riches in the EU.

PANNIER: In Turkmenistan, new president maintains course into the abyss

Bruce Pannier September 28, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the head of state who rarely smiles, has also given his country little reason to do so.

Russian oil exports still booming and the EU is still a major buyer

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2022

One of the side-effects of the EU stepping up imports of US oil is that it has increased European demand for Russian diesel.