Hungary under 'concerted attack' over LGBTQ legislation at European Parliament

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

EC President Ursula Von der Leyen demands that Hungary amend its paedophilia law or it will face legal action.

Russia's personal bankruptcies double in 1H21 as moratorium runs out

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

As the moratorium on personal bankruptcies that was introduced at the peak of the COVID pandemic expired, the number of personal bankruptcies in Russia more than doubled in 1H21

Slovak court says referendum on snap election would be unconstitutional

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

Opposition parties that initiated the petition attack the verdict as well as the president's decision to refer the case to the Constitutional Court.

Anti-establishment parties primed for new assault on Bulgarian status quo

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 8, 2021

Three opposition parties hope to get enough support in order to form a stable ruling majority and oust from power the Gerb party, which has been in office for most of the past 12 years.

Belarus sentences presidential candidate Babariko to 14 years in jail

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2021

A Belarusian court sentenced presidential candidate Viktor Babariko to 14 years in jail on what are widely seen as politically motivated embezzlement charges.

Huge secret bonuses paid to top Naftogaz executives exposed

Ben Aris in Berlin July 7, 2021

When Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev was fired in April he pocketed $12.7mn in bonuses as part of his contract, the Kyiv Post reported in an investigation into pay and bonuses at the state-owned gas company on June 6.

Erdogan boasts of abduction of Turkish-born Kyrgyz educator Orhon Inandi

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Turkish president says 100 individuals with links to the Gulen movement have been abducted and brought to Turkey.

More upside seen in shares of Russian banking TCS Group

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Sberbank CIB analysts still see a "decent upside" in the shares of Russian banking group TCS, even though they have tripled in value in the last two years.

FSUOGM: Gazprom sends record volumes to Europe

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Russia’s Gazprom exported record volumes of gas to Europe during the first half of the year, despite recent claims in the press that the company has been withholding supply to jack up prices.

Romania’s stock exchange outperforms Western peers as index hits all-time high

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest July 6, 2021

The Bucharest Stock Exchange’s blue-chip index BET has increased by almost 22% since the beginning of this year, double the 10.5% growth recorded by the LSE’s FTSE 100.

Kremlin talks with Tashkent and Dushanbe as concerns over Afghanistan instability grow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 6, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon by phone on June 5 as the leaders become increasingly concerned with the fighting that has broken out in Afghanistan.

Reporters Without Borders adds Viktor Orban to its list of enemies of press freedom

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Hungarian premier becomes first EU premier on the list, which includes Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Rampage by rightwing groups in Georgia against planned Pride March

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 5, 2021

Georgia's planned Tbilisi Pride march has been cancelled after far-right groups, encouraged by the government and the Georgian Orthodox Church, went on the rampage.

Iran shuts down several cities as coronavirus 'fifth wave' hits

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

Tehran and several other cities across Iran have been told to close non-essential businesses and services in a bid to deal with the latest so-called fifth wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Donald Tusk announces return to Polish politics

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 5, 2021

Tusk’s return is seen as a glimmer of hope for Poland’s biggest opposition party, Civic Platform, just over two years before the next general election.

Georgia's Pride Week kicks off with 20 arrested at far-right counterprotest

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 5, 2021

Georgia’s Pride Week has kicked off amid now-familiar scenes of protests by Georgian church leaders and far-right groups. Despite its progressive economic reforms Georgia remains one of the most intolerant countries in the CIS.

Taliban sweep through northern Afghanistan, forcing government troops to flee across border to Tajikistan

Ben Aris in Berlin July 5, 2021

The Taliban launched an assault on the northern regions of Afghanistan against government troops about a week ago and have rapidly captured most of the northern provinces.

Radical rightwing parties sign eurosceptic declaration

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

The declaration marks another building block in the attempt to create a strong radical rightwing grouping in the European Parliament.

Russia frets about ISIS in Afghanistan, Central Asia looks sanguine

Euurasianet July 5, 2021

Russia says it is worried that the Islamic State is gaining strength apace in northern Afghanistan. The United States looks to be bracing itself for a collapsing Afghanistan. But Central Asian states neighbouring Afghanistan are much more sanguine.

Poland kicks off COVID-19 vaccination lottery

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 2, 2021

Prizes of up to PLN1mn are designed to boost vaccination numbers, which are still at only 35% of the population.