Mariupol Mysteries: Rumours of "foreigners" persist as Briton “Cossack Gundi” captured

Cameron Jones in Kyiv April 12, 2022

Aiden Aslin, known as Cossack Gundi, a British national serving as a Ukrainian marine since 2018, surrendered to Russian forces in Mariupol on 12 April.

Pro-Russia motorcade pelted with horse manure in Hanover

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell April 12, 2022

A pro-Russian motorcade was pelted with horse manure in Hanover, Germany, on April 10, after facing backlash from thousands of counter-protesters.

Half a million Iranians ‘expected to visit Qatar World Cup’, Doha and Tehran discuss tourism infrastructure cooperation during finals

bne IntelIiNews April 12, 2022

Qatari minister assesses use of Iranian ports in finals that will see Iran play England and US.

Lithuania’s second-largest city to remove Soviet memorials

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2022

Kaunas wants to remove any symbols of the Soviet Union and Russia from its public spaces after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Warsaw plans to house Ukrainian refugees in former Russian 'spy town'

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 12, 2022

Town hall bailiffs seize building once used by Russian embassy to house diplomats.

Hungary to circumvent EU sanctions through gas payment 'technical solutions'

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2022

Hungary plans to pay for Russian gas in euros through Gazprombank, which will convert the payment into roubles.

Romania unveils €3.4bn social and economic aid package

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 12, 2022

Package to help low-income households and firms hit by rising prices and the war in Ukraine.

Mongolian youth mount protest against ‘unliveable economy’

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar April 11, 2022

Country sinking into dire straits with combination of Ukraine war impacts and China’s “zero-Covid” policy driving up energy and food costs.

US sanctions high-profile Western Balkan politicians

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2022

North Macedonia's former PM Nikola Gruevski among seven current and former officials blacklisted over activities that "threaten the stability of the region".

Turkish ministries ‘creating charter airline to exclusively transport Russian tourists to resorts’

bne IntelIiNews April 11, 2022

Ankara going to great lengths to avoid taking too much of a tourism hit from Ukraine war. Turkey has imposed no sanctions on Moscow.

Bulgaria’s ruling coalition divided over nomination for central bank governor

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 11, 2022

Bulgaria’s four-party ruling coalition is facing its biggest challenge since taking power after two of its members backed rival candidates to become the new central bank governor.

Moldova prepares for 'plan B' if Gazprom cuts supplies on May 1

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 11, 2022

Paying for electricity and gas at market prices could be the price of Moldova's independence, says Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu.

Latvian Harmony Party support collapses after Russian invasion of Ukraine

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius April 10, 2022

Harmony, Latvia's longtime largest party, which is backed by ethnic Russians, collapses to fourth place in March opinion poll.

Slovakia donates S-300 air defence system to Ukraine

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2022

Slovakia plans to replace the S-300 system with US-made Patriot systems operated by Nato allies, which are already arriving in the country.

Russians flock to Central Asia to open sanctions-busting bank accounts

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 8, 2022

Some 10,000 Russian citizens have received personal identification numbers in Kazakhstan since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Shock in Berlin after Soviet War Memorial vandalised

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell April 8, 2022

Unknown culprits vandalised the famous Soviet War Memorial in Berlin’s Treptower Park on April 7 with painted blood stains and political messages against Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Tinkoff moves to ring-fence Russian business

bne IntelIiNews April 8, 2022

TCS Group, the owner of Russian digital bank Tinkoff, is handing over governance of the Russian business to the bank's executive team.

World's largest diamond miner Alrosa hit by US sanctions

Theo Normanton April 8, 2022

The USA has added diamond producer Alrosa to its list of sanctioned entities, blocking the company off from American banks and preventing nationals from doing business with it. Diamonds are in the top 10 non-energy exports for Russia.

Czechia’s Presidential Office shredded another 32 intelligence reports

bne IntelliNews April 8, 2022

The irregular shredding of classified documents has raised suspicions that the president's close aides – who do not have security clearance – may have looked at the documents.

Russia suspended from the UN Human Rights Council

bne IntelliNews April 8, 2022

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights" in Ukraine on April 7.