COMMENT: Smolii’s Resignation and the soft coup underway in Ukraine

Robert Homans in Los Angeles July 7, 2020

The resignation of Yakiv Smolii as governor of the NBU could be taken as the end of serious reforms in Ukraine and a "soft coup" that puts the old guard back in charge of the country

COMMENT: Five reasons why Zelenskiy is failing in Ukraine: Zelenskiy faces a political future that is no laughing matter

Melinda Haring deputy director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council July 6, 2020

Volodymyr Zelenskiy's presidency seems to have gone off the tracks but no one is quite sure what is going on. Is he a puppet or just out of his depth? Melinda Haring of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council offers five theories.

COMMENT: Finding a third Musketeer to run the National Bank of Ukraine

Tim Ash of BlueBay Asset Management July 2, 2020

The governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Yakiv Smolii abruptly quit on July 1, sending a shock through the investment community. Now he has gone, who will replace him?

COMMENT: Yanukovych’s “Own Goal;” Zelenskiy’s “Lesson Learned”

Robert Homans in Los Angeles June 25, 2020

In September 2013, at the Annual “YES” Conference in Yalta, former President Yanukovych said: ”We have to move toward European integration,” causing participants to dance on the beach. He didn't do it and sparked the Maidan revolution

BEYOND THE BOSPHORUS: Tobin tax means it’s back to the good old money changing days at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 24, 2020

Prying officials also driving business clients away from banks.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Morgan Stanley warns Turks MSCI Frontier Markets status may be around corner

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 24, 2020

At the same time, ING discordantly claims it senses possible turning point for foreigners’ interest in Turkish bonds.

COMMENT: Lukashenko’s penultimate elections

Tadeusz Giczan PhD Researcher at the University of London School of Slavonic & East European Studies June 20, 2020

President Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus has long been a success story in the post-Soviet world, but now he is in trouble facing country-wide protests. He will probably win the August elections, but how long can he hang on to power?

BEYOND THE BOSPHORUS: Erdogan becomes top shareholder in Turkcell

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 18, 2020

Telia seen as selling stake at less than 50% of market value. Analyst asks: “How did a partly Swedish-state-owned co get so deeply embroiled in Turkey’s authoritarian decline?”

COMMENT: Global remittances to suffer a blow from COVID-19

Gerelyn Terzo of Sharemoney in New York June 18, 2020

Instead of triggering an increase in remittance payments, which is typical during times of crisis, the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has caused migrant payments to households in developing countries to slow dramatically.

Europe and Nato’s Libya nightmare outcome would leave Russian and Turkish military bases staring across the Med

bne IntelIiNews June 16, 2020

Ankara reportedly discussing lasting military presence with Tripoli ally. Russia has flown fighter jets to desert sites controlled by rebel forces.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Debt scales tip in virus-hit April as nearly million Turks take out first ever bank loan

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 15, 2020

Data on financially hellish month also shows 38,000 used a credit card for the first time and a ‘wide-scope’ unemployment rate of 39%.

OPINION: Kazakhstan is ready to be rediscovered by British businesses post-Brexit

Kazakhstan's ambassador to the UK Erlan Idrissov in London June 15, 2020

An important step towards charting the UK’s post-Brexit course and galvanising post-COVID growth would be to forge new international partnerships and reinvent the time-tested ones, writes Kazakhstan's ambassador to the UK Erlan Idrissov.

COMMENT: Ukrainian Interior Minister Avakov – A State Within a State

Robert Homans in Kyiv June 9, 2020

Arsen Avakov has been Ukraine’s Interior Minister for six and half years, under three Presidents. He controls an enormas amout of power, but recently after a series of police violence scandals calls for his removal have been growing