‘Yesterday’s strategy won’t do’ in Europe’s approach to Iran says Carnegie analyst

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2023

Cornelius Adebahr point to signs of power struggle within Tehran’s elite. Several insiders have in recent weeks argued in favour of more substantial reforms to address protesters’ grievances.

Analysts say Russia using all available propaganda tools for hybrid attacks on Bulgaria

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 17, 2023

Kremlin strategies include spreading disinformation and financing political parties, contributing to ongoing political instability in Bulgaria.

Dozens of foreign banks still trapped in Russia

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2023

Dozens of banks from “unfriendly” countries remain unable to exit the Russian market due to the special decree of Vladimir Putin prohibiting any such deals without a special approval by authorities,

Kazakhstan to send oil to Germany via Russian pipeline

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet January 17, 2023

It plans to export 1.5mn tonnes of crude this way in 2023.

Bloody Battle of Soledar is hotbed of information warfare

Dominic Culverwell in London January 17, 2023

The bloody fighting in Soledar has caused a heated information war not only between Ukraine and Russia but also within the Russian forces themselves.

Turkey moves closer to showdown over Nato expansion as Erdogan demands Sweden hand over ‘130 terrorists’

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2023

Stockholm argues it can’t simply extradite individuals named by Ankara as such matters must be left to independent courts.

PANNIER: You won’t catch Turkmenistan putting all its eggs in one (Russian) basket

Bruce Pannier January 16, 2023

Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s visit to Beijing may not have secured more gas sales, but it did serve to reaffirm ties with the country’s only stable major partner.

Dnipro death toll rises to 30 following Russia's deadliest strike on Ukraine this year

Dominic Culverwell in London January 16, 2023

At least 30 people were killed in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro following a Russian missile strike on an apartment block on January 14.

Hungarian PMO unveils size of Russian assets frozen in Hungary after months of silence

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2023

Hungary has frozen Russian assets worth €870mn, the majority of which are owned by failed Sberbank, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyas said.

Tehran expects Russia to deliver Su-35 fighters in two months says Iranian MP

bne IntelIiNews January 15, 2023

Analyst has warned “ambitious barter” in return for Iranian drones and probably missiles “manifests a grim calculus for the West”. It is facing a “more aggressive and hostile axis than ever”.

Russo-China trade up 30% in 2022, on course to hit $200bn early

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2023

Trade between Russia and China reached a new all-time high in 2022, with a 29.3% increase compared to the previous year, totaling $190.27bn.

Russia reports its first “kraken” coronavirus case

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2023

Russia recorded its first official case of the so-called Kraken subvariant of the Omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Rospotrebnadzor state monitoring agency reported on January 12.

Maldives sees a sharp drop in Russian tourism due to Ukraine war tensions

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2023

Russian tourist traffic to the Maldives has plummeted by 8.4% year on year to around 200,000 visits in 2022 thanks to soaring travel prices and anti-Russian sentiment generated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine.

Car sales in Russia collapsed by 58.8% in 2022 to 687,370 units, up by a quarter m/m

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2023

Car sales in Russia collapsed by 58.8% in 2022 to 687,370 units, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) said on January 12, as the sector continues to make a slow recovery from a collapse following the start of the war in February.

MOSCOW BLOG: President Duda says Poland will send Ukraine Leopard tanks, but don’t hold your breath

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2023

More tank news. But this one is actually a bit confusing. Polish President Andrzej Duda was in Lviv yesterday for a summit and announced that Poland will send some of its 250 German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Will it happen?

LONG READ: Putin has lost this winter gas battle, but another energy crisis is ahead

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin needed a very cold winter. He didn’t get it. As a result, Europe’s gas storage tanks are at record-high levels and the price of gas has crashed on the Dutch TTF exchange to below pre-war levels.

Russian government offering incentives and penalties to lure back IT professionals that fled into exile

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2023

Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development in Russia is actively seeking ways to bring back IT specialists who have fled the country since war in Ukraine began.

Poland’s Duda promises Ukraine Leopard tanks, Russia appoints Gerasimov as top general

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2023

Poland's President, Andrzej Duda, announced that Poland is ready to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine during a visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on January 11.

Ukrainians continue "difficult" fight in Soledar, denying Russia's victory claims

Dominic Culverwell in London January 12, 2023

The battle of Soledar continues, according to Ukraine, refuting Russia’s "false" claims of victory.

bneGREEN: Patent data show shift to green hydrogen gaining momentum

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh January 11, 2023

Global hydrogen production is set to become greener, with patent data suggesting a shift towards a new wave of innovation and scientific development in electrolysis technology.