David O’Byrne in Istanbul Mon, 3rd Jun --
Those ministers who have presided over Turkey's economic miracle remain popular with the public and business communities. So what has gone wrong? If the chants of the protesters are any indication, it boils down to the PM himself, specifically his increasingly authoritarian tone, and the bizarre direction he has chosen to lead his government.
Julia Reed in Moscow Mon, 3rd Jun --
Much has been said about the miserable plight of Russian orphans, especially following the recent ban on all American adoption in Russia in retribution for Congress' so-called "Magnitsky Act", which penalizes some Russian officials on human rights grounds.
Terrence Edwards in Ulaanbaatar Tue, 28th May --
What kind of country will Mongolians vote for in June? Mongolia's June presidential election will do much to determine how this fledgling economy will fare over the next decade or so.
David O'Byrne in Istanbul Thu, 23rd May --
If, as the old adage would have us believe, "It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive", then the visit in mid-May by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to Washington can be judged to have been a complete success.
Tim Gosling in Prague Tue, 28th May --
Czech President Milos Zeman scored an internet hit in May when footage showed him swaying and stumbling his way through an official ceremony. Zeman's aides claimed he was the victim of a virus, his critics sneered he was drunk. More worrying, perhaps, is that other recent actions by the new president suggest he might be drunk with power.
Clare Nuttall in Astana Wed, 29th May --
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the autumn of 2012, there has been a sharp divergence in the two countries' relations with Moscow.
Molly Corso in Tbilisi Thu, 23rd May --
With just six months before the Georgian presidential election, solid popularity ratings for the Georgian Dream coalition government means its candidate appears poised for victory in October. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's choice for the coalition's presidential candidate, however, has added to questions about his own political goals.
Graham Stack in Kyiv Fri, 24th May --
An address in London's Tooley Street hosts the business empire of mysterious Ukrainian MP Yury Ivanyuschenko - and a multitude of even murkier companies with CIS connections. bne follows the trail all the way to Latvia.
Ben Aris in Moscow Tue, 21st May --
When the Soviet Union fell in 1991 and the borders were thrown open to consumer goods, the first thing to arrive from the West, predictably enough, was cigarettes. The second was good shoes. Now Obuv Rossii is looking to become the "Magnit of shoes", following in the footsteps of Russia's super successful supermarket chain.
Clare Nuttall in Astana Mon, 20th May --
Central Asian republics are stepping up efforts to engage with post-war Afghanistan economically, for example with new rail lines, as fears grow about the security implications that the US military withdrawal could have on the region as a whole.
Bogdan Turek in Warsaw Mon, 20th May --
Poland wants to monopolize future profits from shale gas production and is discouraging major US investors by planning taxes that are too high, experts said during a May 14-16 economic conference.
Julia Reed in Moscow Fri, 17th May --
Over the last few months, the Russian authorities have been raiding Russia's leading NGOs - both domestic and foreign - to make sure they comply with the new law, but so far only one organisation has accepted the new moniker voluntarily, and another, Golos, an election watchdog, was branded the same as a result of checks.