WoE: the post-coronavirus re-bound with Evghenia Sleptsova of Oxford Economics and Elina Ribakova of IIF

March 2, 2021

The world was hit by a global pandemic and an oil shock in 2020 but as 2021 gets underway the economies in Emerging Europe are bouncing back surprisingly quickly. What is driving the recovery? What problems remain? How will Ukraine cope with the suspension of its IMF programme? Just how exposed i

WoE: Whither Ukraine in 2021

November 25, 2020

Ukraine has been on a rollercoaster ride this year. After the wild optimism following the election of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the hectic reform legislative drive of the first six months of his administration, the whole programme seems to have been derail and the IMF programme has

WoE: Powering Change in Uzbekistan: Energy Reforms and Investment Opportunities

November 19, 2020

The Uzbek Ministry of Energy hosted an international webinar on current and future developments in the country’s energy sector in cooperation with bne IntelliNews that was hosted by Ben Aris, the editor-in-chief of bne IntelliNews. Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a five-year reform

WoE: The Belarusian long game starts

August 19, 2020

The political crisis in Belarus has reached a new stage. The protestors have taken control of the streets, withstood a brutal crackdown by the police, and the biggest companies are on strike. but Lukashenko remains in office. Now things are getting political. The opposition’s Coordinating Council

WoE Protests in Belarus, the business perspective

August 17, 2020

It seems the entire population of Belarus has risen up against self-appointed president Alexander Lukashenko following a massive falsification of election results on August 9. But what does the potential regime change mean for business? There are two Belarusian economies: the Soviet legacy giant

WoE: Belarus rises up against Lukashenko with Nigel Gould-Davies

August 14, 2020

It seems that the entire population of Belarus has risen up against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who has hit back with a brutal police operation. Events are moving very fast, but Lukashenko has clearly lost all legitimacy and is attempting to stay on through brute force alone. The natu

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

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