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

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?

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