Turkey accuses West of waging ‘psychological warfare’ to wreck its tourism industry

bne IntelIiNews February 3, 2023

Interior minister angered by series of terrorism security alerts. Tensions also arise over US sanctions that could leave Russian aircraft with no ground service at Turkish airports.

RBI's 2022 profits soar to €3.6bn, with Russian operations representing more than half

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2023

The Austrian lender, which has become more and more reliant on its Russian business over the years, is still rethinking its presence in the country.

bneGREEN: Most growth in power generation by 2050 will be solar and wind – BP

by Roberta Harrington in London February 1, 2023

Most growth in global power generation by 2050 will be solar and wind, according to oil supermajor BP’s annual benchmark report, the 2023 Energy Outlook.

Russian gas pipe flow dips to record low in January

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2023

Russian pipeline gas flowing to Europe dipped to a record low in January, down 30% compared with supplies in December, while experts warn that there could be significant further downside risk to the country’s deliveries.

Turkmenistan: A kick in the gas

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin February 1, 2023

Moscow curries favour, neighbours seek more gas, and Turkmenistan’s colossal methane pollution could power Afghanistan at little cost many times over. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Only Hungary and Russia heading for recession in 2023 as Emerging Europe shows its resilience

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2023

wiiw believes that most countries of the region have “probably already digested” most of the economic shock caused by the Ukraine war, provided Russia does not escalate the conflict further.

OUTLOOK 2023: Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin January 31, 2023

The Russian economy is starting 2023 in a far better state than many had anticipated in the spring following the invasion of Ukraine and ensuing Western sanctions.

West prepares to impose price caps on Russian petroleum products

bne IntelliNews January 31, 2023

The price caps would work by barring Western insurance and shipping companies from insuring or carrying cargoes of Russian oil products unless they were bought at or below the caps, which will be imposed after February 5.

Ukraine’s mocking of Iran over drone attack on military factory irks Tehran

bne IntelIiNews January 30, 2023

Ukrainian diplomat summoned. Moscow warns “such destructive actions could have unpredictable consequences for peace and stability in the Middle East”.

Usmanov reported to be poised to exit telecom market by selling MegaFon to state-owned Rostelecom

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2023

Rostelecom already controls another "big four" mobile operator, Tele2 Russia, and the acquisition of MegaFon would result in large-scale state consolidation of the TMT sector.

Belarus faces new sanctions by the EU and asset seizures by Ukraine

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2023

After statements made by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen in early January, the EU’s new sanctions package against Belarus is starting to take form. The new package will make the existing sanctions hit even harder.

Orban sparks storm by saying Ukraine is a 'no man's land'

Tamas Csonka in Budapest January 30, 2023

Orban also told foreign journalists that he did "definitely not" want to stay in the EU, but was forced to do so because of Hungary’s trade links with the bloc.

Ukraine official tweets ‘Did warn you’ after drone attack in Iran

bne IntelIiNews January 29, 2023

Some reports say Israel behind mission. Kyiv has previously warned Tehran there could be payback for its provision of kamikaze drones to Russia.

EU urges Bosnia to introduce visa regime for Russians

bne IntelliNews January 29, 2023

EU officials want Bosnia to scrap its visa-free regime for Russian citizens, but faces opposition from pro-Russian politicians in Republika Srpska.

Poland basks in the glory of being Kyiv’s chief ally in Europe

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 27, 2023

Poland leading the effort to get the tanks delivered to Ukraine may give the ruling PiS extra clout in an election year.

Leading Russian opposition publisher Meduza named “undesirable organisation” by General Prosecutor

bne IntelliNews January 27, 2023

The Russian government has stepped up its repressions against journalists by declaring Meduza, the country's largest independent media outlet, an "undesirable organisation" on January 26.

Russians view Baltic States as a threat

bne IntelliNews January 27, 2023

Russia’s residents believe the Baltic states are a threat to Russia, the Levada Centre survey commissioned by the Estonian Foreign Ministry has found,, the website of public broadcaster LRT, reported on January 25.

VISEGRAD BLOG: When Eastern European states speak out they are now listened to

Robert Anderson in Prague January 26, 2023

The countries on Nato’s eastern flank believe they are now leading the debate on how to confront the Kremlin, as demonstrated by the row over supplying modern battle tanks to Ukraine.

Western allies promise at least 156 game-changing tanks for Ukraine

bne IntelliNews January 26, 2023

Since Berlin announced it would send tanks to Ukraine this week, pledges from a dozen countries have come pouring in to send tanks from their own arsenals. Altogether the Western allies have promised to send at least 156 game-changing tanks.

Anglo-Russian Polymetal looks at switching listing from London to Kazakhstan

bne IntelIiNews January 26, 2023

Move might enable gold and silver miner to carve out its Russian business.