Podcasts

WoE: Belarus on the edge with Alex Kokcharov

July 3, 2020

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko is facing his most serious challenge of the 26 years in power. Unprecedented protests have swept the country as three creditable opposition candidates are attempting to run against him in the August 9 elections. Two of those candidates have been jailed and t

Protests in Belarus with Hanna Liubakova in Minsk

June 23, 2020

Minsk saw and unprecedented protest over the weekend after people from across the country took to the streets to demonstrate against the arrest of leading opposition candidate in August’s president elections Viktor Babariko. The incumbent Alexander Lukashenko is facing the biggest challenge to

WoE: Putin’s referendum with Ben Noble and Mark Galeotti

June 22, 2020

On July 1 Russians will vote in a referendum to approve changes to the constitution that will reset the clock on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s term count to zero and so in effect allow him to stand for an extra two terms in office after his current term expires in 2024. He doesn't have to

WoE: Ground breaking Private Equity in Uzbekistan with Sturgeon Capital

May 26, 2020

Uzbekistan was quick to clamp down as the coronavirus epidemic gathered pace and as Central Asia’s most populous country it had good reason to be worried. But now the peak has passed and the biggest of the Central Asian five ‘Stans its back to work and return to the comprehensive reform programm

WoE: Russian petrochemical giant Sibur working in the time of coronavirus

May 5, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic is spreading fast in Russia, but while most of the infections are concentrated in Moscow, the large isolated mono-cities in the hinterland are at high risk. Russia’s big business has moved fast to contain the infection, but at the same time most of them need

WoE: The world in crisis with Anders Aslund

April 23, 2020

The world is going through its biggest crisis since the Great Depression. A global pandemic of a killer virus has come on top of an oil price shock that drove down prices into negative numbers for the first time in history. And a climate crisis continues to run in the background. Where will it end?

WoE: The cost of the pandemic. What happens next? with Elina Ribakova, deputy chief economist for the Institute of International Finance (IIF)

April 7, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world’s economy to a shuddering stop. In many respects it is the biggest crisis humanity have face in decades, if not ever. But once the virus burns out what will happen then? There are two scenarios: a rapid bounce back or the beginnings of a

WoE: the world was ripe for a crisis, oil shocks and pandemic viruses made it worse

March 9, 2020

The oil price war that has broken out between Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US sent oil price tumbling this week. The fears of a global coronavirus pandemic has only made the collapse worse. But these things didn't cause the crisis. It only made them worse, argues Murray Gunn, an analyst with Elli

Gas wars down to the wire: Russia must respect the rule of law with Naftogaz executive director Yuriy Vitrenko

November 27, 2019

In order to grow Russia needs to respect the rule of law. Russia and Gazprom are upsetting the European energy security as they are ignoring rules and arbitration rulings they had agreed to respect. And this is happening as so few of our European leaders are willing to stand up and demand that Russi

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