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The documents and wiretapped conversations in the Volner case unveil a country run in a mafia-style way, where state bodies collaborate with criminals and the justice system covers up any involvement of high-ranking officials.
Never has one country slid so far in the ranking in a decade as Viktor Orban's government has according to the anti-corruption watchdog.
The Commission’s proposal to condition large parts of the EU aid flow on reaching rule of law-related milestones offers unprecedented leverage over Budapest. It should not be afraid to use this.
Sanctioned Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman was arrested on suspicion of “numerous offences” at his multi-million-pound London home on December 3 but immediately released on bail.
Consultancy says economy could face hard landing even if it convinces Brussels to release funding frozen over its abuse of the rule of law.
The debate around inflation is centre-stage at present, with headline and PPI inflation soaring globally in response to a range of factors but including climate change/transition and Covid-related supply disruptions.
I think the Nato talks are actually very simple. Russia doesn't want any Nato troops or weapons in Ukraine in the same way that JFK didn't want Soviet missiles in Cuba. But not realising this means that the current Nato talks will fail.
Kazakhstan’s December 2011 Zhanaozen massacre was followed by protests but unlike this week’s mass unrest – which also started in the remote western oil town – they petered out. What has changed?
A chaotic first day of the new regime in Kabul. The images coming out of Kabul airport are going to become iconic. As bad as, if not worse than, those that came out of Saigon.
The Commission now has the tools and the evidence to confront Poland and Hungary; the question therefore is whether it will stand firm this time.
Russia’s economy is expected to stagnate for the next two decades because the population is now shrinking. President Putin made fixing the demographic problem a core goal and big successes have been scored, but the problem is too big to fix.
The recent build-up and withdrawal of Russian forces at Ukraine's eastern border forms part of President Putin's coherent strategy to recover control of Ukraine and reverse the 1991 territorial losses stemming from the 1991 collapse of the USSR.
General Prosecutor Igor Krasnov has been busy. On 9 December, he chaired a conclave of the heads of law enforcement agencies on the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Plan for 2018-2020.
There has been a rash of commentary ahead of the Joe Biden presidency calling for a hardening of foreign policy towards Russia, whereas the leading analysts in Moscow see the possibility of a less confrontational Kremlin.
Belarus may have a neo-Soviet economy, but the leading state owned enterprises make things it can actually sell and export. After Lukashenko is gone these need to be privatised. But to do it without allowing the firms to be captured by oligarchs?
To some, under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vladimir Putin’s much-vaunted ‘power vertical’ is rotating, turning on its head. Power has shifted from the centre to the regions
A Dutch appeals court has ordered the Russian government to fork out $50bn to former shareholders of defunct Russian oil giant Yukos, marking another twist in a more than decade-old legal battle.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon has sought to rebrand himself as neutral between east and west and an economic liberal, but his current actions — and past online musings — tell a different story.
Danske Bank, currently at the centre of a $240bn Russian money laundering scandal, laundered money for the Ukrainian arms mafia’s sanctions-busting activities in North Korea and Iran as early as 2009, bne IntelliNews can reveal.