Russian businesses embrace AI

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2023

Lately, Russian businesses have been actively adopting solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), while the government is also incentivising the use of these technologies.

How thousands of highly-skilled Russians support Uzbekistan’s bid for technology development

Adrien Henni in Barcelona, Heerea Kaur Rikhraj in Tashkent November 30, 2023

Engaged in sweeping transformations since the death of dictator Islam Karimov just seven years ago, Uzbekistan is seeing first results in the investment they’ve made to boost their IT sector.

Tajikistan: Communications regulator loosening monopoly

Eurasianet November 29, 2023

The quality of the internet has been severely compromised by restrictions placed on the market.

Serbian pro-democracy activists targeted with spyware ahead of election

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2023

Activists were openly critical of Serbia’s government, which NGOs say has a track record of deploying spyware and other digital surveillance tools.

Kazakhstan introduces digital national currency

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet November 27, 2023

Officials say that it will make government spending more transparent.

Investor to build “strong Romanian brand” after taking over OTE’s mobile operations

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

Romanian entrepreneur Adrian Tomşa has pledged to transform Telekom Romania Mobile if he succeeds in taking it over from OTE.

Armenia’s tech sector receives strong boost from Russian migrants

Adrien Henni of International Digital News November 22, 2023

Armenia's flourishing technology sector has been given a boost by the influx of Russian IT specialists fleeing Putin's authoritarian rule.

Russian companies explore blockchain

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2023

While cryptocurrencies remain banned in Russia, their underlying tech, blockchain, is more and more actively used by the country’s major companies.

Internet major Yandex considers selling all of its Russian assets

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2023

The Dutch holding company of Russian internet major Yandex is considering selling all of its Russian assets, rather than a controlling stake as discussed previously, Reuters reports citing unnamed sources.

North Macedonia's e-commerce surges with 25% increase in transactions in 2022

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2023

Robust growth continued into 2023 despite issues with costly delivery and customs duties.

Turkey’s Getir to acquire New York-based FreshDirect from Amsterdam-listed Ahold Delhaize

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 13, 2023

Rapid groceries company looking for change in fortunes following collapse in valuation.

Private equity backers to turn Link Group division into Southeast Europe IT and education champion

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2023

Invenio Partners and Vienna-based Accession Capital Partners have acquired the vocational education unit of Serbia's Link Group.

Bosnia's Serb entity to sue US companies for shutting down government’s websites

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2023

Websites of Republika Srpska’s government, presidency and civil service were taken down as part of US sanctions on top politicians in the entity.

Albania’s iconic communist-era Pyramid becomes tech and social space

bne IntelliNews October 27, 2023

Decaying urban landmark built as museum of communist leader Enver Hoxha now houses startup offices, incubators and classrooms providing free tech education to young Albanians.

Yandex completes first ever empty car driving test

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2023

Russian Internet company Yandex has become the first firm in Europe to successfully complete tests of a self-driving car without a human being present in the car, the company said on October 25.

Serbia’s Ananas e-commerce platform launches in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 24, 2023, a pioneer in the Serbian e-commerce arena, has embarked on its regional expansion, with the debut of as the initial step.

Turkey sinks ship in mock sea drone swarm attack

bne IntelIiNews October 23, 2023

Unmanned surface vessel developer Aselsan linked up with missile maker Roketsan for the exercise.

Serbia and US Ginkgo Bioworks join forces to launch startup accelerator

bne IntelliNews October 22, 2023

Ginkgo to support local startups with know-how and technologies as Serbia aims to become a hub for bioeconomic innovation.

Kaspersky Lab strengthens Russian monopoly

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2023

Russian IT companies have made a truly global impact in cybersecurity, and the best known player in this field is Kaspersky Lab. But it chose to stay in Russia after the war started, which has crippled its international sales.

Russian IT group Astra successfully raises $36mn with IPO in Moscow

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2023

Russian IT group Astra has successfully completed an IPO on October 13, raising RUB3.5bn ($36mn) through the sale of shares at a price of RUB333 each, Prime reports.