Fears among EU officials postponing the decision on membership talks yet again will increase Russian, Turkish and Chinese influence in the fragile Western Balkans region.
Russian authorities have held auctions for crab fishing quotas, raising RUB99.5bn ($1.5bn) for the auctions in the North basin and RUB42.8bn for the Far East basin.
Driverless vehicles developed by Russian internet major Yandex have hit 1mn miles of test drive mileage in Russia, the US, and Israel, the company announced on October 17, and confirming previous reports by bne IntelliNews.
The Russian leader's "trust rating" has fallen again. It was down to 39% in September from 40% in June, after a summer of violent protests over the Moscow City election that saw unprecedented police brutality, says the Levada Center.
Despite the growing scandal surrounding oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky’s attempts to denationalise Privatbank, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada pushed ahead with its hectic legislative programme and passed more pro-reform laws.
The Slovak Financial Administration has uncovered the biggest illegal cigarette producing factory in central Europe in Slovakia, according to its press release from October 16.
Liquidity has dried up. Analyst says “situation smacks of capital controls”, adding: “I'm not sure I see how another FX crisis in Turkey is avoided”.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) improved Ukraine’s growth outlook slightly from 2.7% for the full year set in April to 3% in its latest World Economic Outlook, released this week.
Reportedly infuriated by lines including “Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!” Turkish strongman said to have chucked it in the trash before launching his military offensive the same day.
Russia’s budget Pobeda airline, a subsidiary of Russian national air carrier Aeroflot, is the fastest growing airline in Europe and wants to boost prices for flights to Russia, Vedomosti daily reported.
Czech R&D expenditures grew by CZK12.3bn (€447.5mn) year-on-year to a record CZK102.8bn (€3.9bn) in 2018, accounting to 1.93% of GDP, stems from data published by the Czech Statistical Office (CSO) on October 16.
Borkai clings on as mayor of Gyor in local elections by few hundred votes. Analysts say scandal was only tipping point for many voters, who dealt ruling party some big defeats.
The last chance to fulfil the Minsk II accords will come in November according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in comments made to Reuters on October 14.
Underinvestment is putting a brake on Russia’s growth, but the problem’s not a lack of cash, it’s Russian business people not trusting the government, according to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
The tidal wave of public support that swept the new Ukrainian president and his party Servant of the People into power this year is starting to subside.
Assets were seized as part of lender’s efforts to recover $7.2bn looted under old ownership. Bank now free to pursue lawsuit claiming fraud on a massive scale in which shell companies owned by shareholders emptied it of money.
Move may unsettle Turkish president Erdogan who has taken a personal interest in securing the investment, even ordering officials to switch to Passat cars.
The biggest supermarket chain in Belarus Eurotorg (aka Euroopt) reported that sales were up 11.9% year-on-year to BYN2.4bn in local currency terms and up 5.1% y/y to $1.2bn in dollar equivalent in the first six months of this year.
Vote counting has been suspended in Kosovo, Radio Free Europe informed, after 26 Central Election Commission (CEC) officials sought medical help for the allergic reaction occurred after opening five ballot boxes from Serbia.
Alexei Bolshakov, Citigroup’s Head of Russian Equities and Chief Executive of its local Global Markets division, has left the bank as Wall Street accelerates its retreat in Moscow, bne IntelliNews can reveal.