Uzbekistan privatises its entire cotton sector in its most radical reform yet

Ben Aris in Tashkent November 5, 2021

In the most radical of all reforms made since Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over in 2016, the entire cotton sector has been privatised and production of this vital crop is now entirely owned by private companies.

Uzbekistan rising

Ben Aris in Tashkent November 5, 2021

Uzbekistan’s economy is taking off. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over five years ago and launched a radical reform programme, which are now bearing fruit. The economy is flourishing.

The smokey mountain city rising

James C. Pearce November 4, 2021

Yekaterinburg is on the up as climate change creeps in.

Tajik labour migration to Russia hits historic high, officially

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet November 4, 2021

More than a fifth of Tajikistan’s total population has entered Russia so far this year.

INTERVIEW: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Russian ice hockey legend and UN Goodwill Ambassador

bne IntelIiNews November 4, 2021

As world leaders prepare to leave the COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Vyacheslav Fetisov, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Ice Hockey and committed environmentalist, talks about Russia's plans

Lithuanian company Run Engineering accused of busting EU sanctions, to sue its Russian partner

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

A few months ago, Europe was hit by yet another scandal when the Lithuanian subsidiary of a Cypriot holding, Run Engineering, was accused of exporting dual use goods to Crimea, breaching EU sanctions on trade with the peninsula.

Kazakhstan: Boys in skirts blame Nazarbayev school suicide on conservative staff

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet November 2, 2021

The protests have spread to several of the prestigious schools around the country.

Uzmetkombinat – one of Uzbekistan’s blue-chip companies

Scott Osheroff of AFC Capital in Tashkent November 1, 2021

Uzmetkombinat is one of Uzbekistan's biggest metallurgical companies and with demand soaring the company is investing €600mn into an expansion.

North Macedonia’s biggest mall opens in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 1, 2021

North Macedonia's retail sector has bounced back from the coronacrisis and demand for modern retail space is strong.

Turkey now Ukraine’s top foreign investor, with already booming free trade set to grow further

Cameron Jones in Kyiv November 1, 2021

Ukraine’s trade volume with Turkey can double to $10bn per year if the details on a long-awaited free trade deal are straightened out after years of negotiations.

Rising coronavirus cases don’t keep autumn sun-seekers away from Croatia

Clare Nuttall in Split Croatia October 30, 2021

Tourist numbers rebounded close to pre-pandemic levels this summer, and remained strong during the early autumn.

Event | Russia looks to Taliban to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan

Eurasianet October 28, 2021

Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.

Businessman’s detention puts spotlight on conditions in North Macedonia’s prisons

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 28, 2021

Jordan “Orce” Kamcev was kept in a damp, mouldy cell with no proper sanitation while awaiting trial.

Mysterious owner behind eSports champions Team Spirit

Theo Normanton in Moscow October 26, 2021

Russia’s Team Spirit has triumphantly lifted the Aegis of Champions. The team of five youngsters – the oldest of them only 23 years of age – has won $18.2mn, the biggest prize in eSports.

Lithuanian hemp growers seek new (legal) high

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius October 25, 2021

After ranking second in the EU two years ago, production has now sunk back amid rising costs and legislative hurdles.

Uzbekistan’s president Shavkat Mirziyoyev wins re-election with landslide

Ben Aris in Tashkent October 24, 2021

Incumbent swept the board, but the race was largely uncontested.

EBRD celebrates 15 years in Mongolia

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar October 24, 2021

Plans to further boost the non-extractive sector and make the country’s economy greener are priorities, development bank’s country head Hannes Takacs tells bne IntelliNews.

Erdogan goes high-voltage with another rate cut

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 21, 2021

Wayward monetary policy dives deeper into uncharted territory. Turkey may be in for a “hardcore” crisis. The Erdogan succession talk is growing louder.

Slowing Russian imports suggest the bounce back momentum is faltering already

Theo Normanton in Moscow October 21, 2021

In the first half of 2021, the Russian economy was firing on all cylinders. Commodity prices were rising, employment was remarkably high, and real wages were growing. Now it's slowing and some worry the economy is losing what little momentum it had.

Russia at the Dubai Expo 2020

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2021

The Russian and Ukrainian pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020 opened on October 1 to showcase the two countries to the rest of the world.