Lithuanian businessman and Lukashenko associate made billions through oil export scheme, according to investigation

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2022

Yury Chyzh and his Lithuanian partner Vitold Tomasevskij are reported to have transferred billions of dollars out of Belarus that they had allegedly made thanks to preferential access to cheap petroleum.

Central Asia: Chinese cars race ahead

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet November 9, 2022

Sanctions on Russia are helping China expand its market share in the region.

Kosovan opposition leader accuses PM Kurti of breaking relations with US

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 8, 2022

PM Albin Kurti rejected Washington's appeals to delay the re-registration of Serbian cars, which has led to mass protests and unrest in the Serb-dominated north.

Slovak customs authorities reportedly allowed dual-use exports to Russia

Albin Sybera November 8, 2022

Foreign affairs committee chief says “Slovakia is a security hole”.

Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund to sell 5% stake in national oil company KazMunayGaz

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 8, 2022

Plans are modest compared to privatisation proposals floated in the past.

Croatia to seek sanctions for two businessmen involved in sale of Sberbank's Fortenova stake

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2022

Following international sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine, Sberbank has been seeking to sell its stake in Croatia's largest private company.

Iran bans in-person sales of forex as rial dives

bne IntelIiNews November 8, 2022

Islamic Republic's latest troubles have set off another phase of currency depreciation.

Nato chief urges Serbia and Kosovo to avoid escalation

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2022

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Serbia and Kosovo to refrain from any unilateral actions that would trigger an escalation of the situation in northern Kosovo.

Czech windfall tax approved for 2023

Albin Sybera in Prague November 7, 2022

Government counts on €3.5bn to be collected from the tax next year, to pay for measures to help citizens and businesses wrestling with the cost of living crisis.

Analyst warns more than 100 kamikaze drones in development around world

Will Conroy in Prague November 7, 2022

Warning sounded as Iran for first time admits sending UAVs to Russia. Ukraine’s president describes claim that deliveries were “limited” as lies.

Situation in northern Kosovo tense as Serbs abandon state institutions

Valentina Dimitrevska in Skopje November 6, 2022

Serbs formally resigned from state institutions en masse at a rally in Mitrovica North, in protest against Pristina’s insistence on enforcing new rules on car number plates.

Photos of ‘hijab-less girlfriend’ reportedly put Iranian roads minister in hot water

bne IntelIiNews November 5, 2022

Images spark debate over double standards in country riven by protests sparked by police custody death of woman said to have breached Islamic dress code.

Slovak president sets date for referendum on early election

Albin Sybera in Prague November 4, 2022

Constitutional Court ruled that first question asking whether citizens wish the current cabinet to resign is unconstitutional.

Bulgaria’s parliament approves long-delayed military aid to Ukraine

Denista Koseva in Sofia November 3, 2022

In rare moment of unity, most of the parties in Bulgaria's fragmented new parliament backed decision to provide military aid to Ukraine.

EU announces €1bn in grants for Western Balkans, affirms support for enlargement

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and top EU officials stress commitment to bringing six Western Balkan countries into the EU.

IMF reaches agreement with Armenia on $165mn stand-by loan

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan November 3, 2022

IMF said the three-year deal would support the Armenian government's economic programme to preserve macroeconomic, fiscal, and financial stability

Controls at the Czech-Slovak border could last until mid-December

Albin Sybera in Prague November 3, 2022

Slovak Interior Minister Roman Mikulec has described Czech controls as breaching the Schengen Treaty, adding that Czechia is also breaching Europe’s readmission treaty.

Transnistria accuses Moldova of creating “humanitarian crisis”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 3, 2022

Starved of gas by Gazprom, Moldova and breakaway Transnistria are competing for scarce energy resources — raising tensions between Chisinau and the separatist authorities.

Shocking videos of beatings go viral in seventh week of Iran protests, ‘national treasure’ professor released

bne IntelIiNews November 2, 2022

Eighty-five year-old genetics researcher Dariush Farhoud among prominent people snatched by security forces.

Albanian PM slams UK for blaming Albanian migrants for its own failures

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2022

Prime Minister Edi Rama strongly criticised British politicians for “targeting Albanians” as scapegoats for the UK’s crime and border problems.