Russia

Disasters in the making

Will Conroy in Prague September 19, 2020

Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan among countries ranked most vulnerable by inaugural edition of Ecological Threat Register.

Russia's CBR keeps interest flat on geopolitical tensions

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2020

The Board of the Central Bank of Russia has resolved to maintain the key interest rate flat at 4.25% in its policy meeting of September 18. The economy is doing well, but geopolitical tensions are rising

Sberbank starts taking climate risk seriously

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 18, 2020

Russia’s Sberbank has set out its climate agenda, which aims to reduce the bank’s carbon footprint and put climate risk at the top of its investment strategy.

Lukashenko warns of war, closes the Western borders… not

Ben Aris in Berlin September 18, 2020

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko called on the people of Poland and Lithuania to “stop your crazy politicians”, who he warned are spoiling for war, and announced that he was closing the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Novichok found in a water bottle in Navalny’s hotel room

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2020

Colleagues of anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny found a bottle of water containing traces of the nerve agent Novichok used to poison him in a water bottle in his hotel room in Tomsk.

FPRI BMB Russia: Russia approves a new federal budget with 4.4% GDP deficit

FPRI BMB Russia September 18, 2020

The Russian government approved the Ministry of Finance’s proposal for Russia’s 2021-23 budget on September 16, which has been amended to include a 4.4% GDP deficit

Turkey takes assertive role in Caucasus conflict

Ayla Jean Yackley for Eurasianet September 16, 2020

The shift is motivated in part by energy considerations and in part by nationalist politics.

Russia industrial production fall slows to -7.2% in August y/y

bne IntelliNews September 16, 2020

In August, Russian industrial production posted a 7.2% y/y decline. August brought the 8M20 dynamic to -4.5% y/y.

Navalny out of coma and off ventilator, says he wants to go home

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2020

Russia’s anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny is out of his coma, off the ventilator and said on September 14 that he wants to go home to Russia in his first post on social media since being poisoned.

Target Global bets on Russo-Estonian startup “to disrupt crypto payments”.

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2020

Mercuryo.io, a Russian-founded startup based in Estonia, announced in the first week of September the completion of its first round of funding, having received €2.5mn from Target Global

KYC start-up Sumsub secures $6mn from Russian investors

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2020

Sumsub, an identity verification start-up with Russian roots, announced in the first week of September the completion of a $6mn round of fund-raising, reports East-West Digital News (EWDN).

A third of Russians consider Russia to be a great power

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2020

About a third of Russians (37%) consider Russia a great power, another 29% think that the country will become one again in the next 15-20 years, according to the state owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM).

Early voting accounts for almost half ballots cast in Russia’s regional elections

Ben Aris in Berlin September 15, 2020

The fact that there was such a high share of early votes cast in the September 13 elections raised concerns of vote rigging.

Lukashenko, Putin meet in Sochi, Russia grants $1.5bn bailout loan... and more?

Ben Aris in Berlin September 14, 2020

Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko flew to Sochi in Russia and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to broker a rescue deal on September 14.

STOLYPIN: Whatever is happening to Putin?

Mark Galeotti director of the consultancy Mayak Intelligence and also an honorary professor at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies September 14, 2020

Something has changed, Russian president Vladimir Putin seem to have lost some of his finesse as his regime becomes more brutal and aggressive. Has he just been on the job too long?

Navalny’s smart voting scores rare successes in Russia’s regional elections

Ben Aris in Berlin September 14, 2020

The “smart voting” tactics promoted by anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny delivered a few successes in Russia’s regional elections held on September 13.

The Belarusian Banshees

Ben Aris in Berlin September 13, 2020

“You shall not pass!” chanted the shrieking women as the OMON riot police tried to push at least 20 women out of the way of a van full of detainees.

Russia to vote in 83 regional elections

Ben Aris in Berlin September 11, 2020

Russia goes to the polls this weekend for important regional elections in 83 regions where the Kremlin will face a challenge due to the sinking popularity of the ruling United Russia Party.

Questions raised over veracity of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine test data

Ben Aris in Berlin September 10, 2020

A group of international doctors have written to the British medical magazine The Lancet raising questions about the veracity of data presented in a recent paper that showed Russia's Sputnik V vaccine was “100% effective” in Phase II trials.

Germany hands over its Novichok investigation data to OPCW

Ben Aris in Berlin September 10, 2020

Germany has handed over all the data related to its investigation into what agent was used to poison anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Alexei Navalny to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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