Russians escaping Putin’s war face tough sanctuary in Mongolia

Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar January 23, 2023

While some can afford to move on, there are thousands struggling to find workable employment prospects to put a roof over their head.

Russia’s Lavrov arrives in South Africa to continue Kremlin’s charm offensive

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2023

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in South Africa on a working visit as the Kremlin continues its charm offensive, TASS reported on January 23.

NEMETHY: Is Ukraine War the beginning of World War III?

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors January 23, 2023

The conventional definition of a World War is that it involves the participation of multiple major powers in a global conflict. Yet one increasingly hears that the Ukrainian War signals the outbreak of World War III.

Sanctions against executives: a blow to good corporate governance in Russia

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2023

Sanctions against Russian companies and individuals have become a common tool for Western governments to exert pressure on the country's domestic and foreign policy. However, a new study finds sanctions are undermining Russia's corporate governance.

Germany announces new €1bn spring military aid package for Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin January 23, 2023

There is no decision yet on Leopard tanks for Ukraine. German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said on January 20 that an agreement on providing Ukraine with Leopard tanks had not been reached yet.

Berlin Wall-like ending to Ukraine conflict likely if Germany refuses to send tanks

Ben Aris in Berlin January 22, 2023

Germany’s refusal to send its powerful Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine will prolong the war in Ukraine and makes a Berlin Wall-type scenario to end the conflict more likely.

RIDDLE: The Russian army in 2023

Pavel Luzin for Riddle January 22, 2023

More than 10 months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, looking back at 2022, the Kremlin is sparing no effort to at least partially restore the capability of its armed forces, which continue to shrink amidst heavy fighting.

FPRI BMB Russia: Wagner PMC Ltd.

Alex Nice for FPRI BMB Russia in London January 22, 2023

The notorious Wager mercenary group registered as a joint-stock company on December 27. The group, which has not been an official legal entity until now, registered under the name “PMC Wagner Centre”.

Less than 9% of foreign companies pull out of Russia

bne IntelliNews January 22, 2023

The vast majority of Western companies that promised to pull out of Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine are still there, according to a new study.

No tanks for Ukraine at Ramstein meeting

bne IntelliNews January 20, 2023

Despite the intense pressure being brought on Berlin to allow Europe’s Nato members to send their advanced Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a summit at the Nato Ramstein airbase failed to approve the measure.

Zelenskiy says he is not sure Putin is alive, in Davos speech

bne IntelliNews January 20, 2023

At the remote Ukrainian Breakfast hosted as part of the Davos 2023 forum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed doubt about the possibility of peace talks with Russia – and whether Vladimir Putin is still “alive.”

"Putin never going to use nuclear weapons," Boris Johnson dismisses escalation fears and tells Ukraine's allies to send tanks

Dominic Culverwell in London January 20, 2023

Ukraine’s allies gave a very clear and decisive message at the Ukrainian Breakfast panel discussion in Davos on January 19: Ukraine will beat Russia eventually, so let’s make it happen sooner rather than later.

Russia to slash AI development support

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2023

Russia will slash its support for the development of AI technologies more than 10-fold after the fallout of the military invasion of Ukraine.

Serbian NGO urges authorities to sanction paramilitary Wagner group's local activities

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 19, 2023

Growing concern over Russian paramilitary organisations activities in Serbia after it called for Serb volunteers to join its ranks and fight in Ukraine.

IEA expects an inflection in oil markets in 2023 when demand will exceed supply

Ben Aris in Berlin January 19, 2023

The International Energy Agency reports that oil demand this year will grow by 1.9mn bpd, to a record 101.7mn bpd, and supply by 1mn bpd, to 101.1mn bpd, in its first monthly report for 2023 released on January 18.

Running out of ammo

Ben Aris in Berlin January 19, 2023

Ukraine could face a shortage of ammunition in the second half of this year unless the West invests in new production, as stocks are already running low and existing production can’t keep up with the rate of fire.

Bulgaria secretly provided fuel and ammunition to Ukraine at start of Russian invasion

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 18, 2023

Investigation by German daily WELT finds pro-Ukrainian former premier supported Ukraine by sending ammunition and fuel through third countries.

Reports say Russia offered Uzbekistan gas deal but wanted Gazprom to take over country’s transmission system

bne IntelIiNews January 18, 2023

Word of rejected proposal comes as many Uzbeks shiver with no gas amid big winter freeze.

Kazakhstan closing loophole permitting Russians escaping Ukraine war call-up to stay indefinitely

bne IntelIiNews January 18, 2023

Continuous ‘three-month visa runs” no longer possible for draft dodgers from next week.

Gas, panic in 2023

Ben Aris in Berlin January 18, 2023

Last year was a disaster for Europe as Putin’s energy war wreaked chaos on Europe’s economies by sending up gas prices 20-fold, fuelling run-away inflation and an energy crisis that drove millions into poverty. Another crisis could be coming.