International bond investors are selling off local EM debt in all but the best markets

Ben Aris in Berlin September 21, 2020

Emerging markets capital markets have been through a revolution in the last decade, but the coronavirus pandemic and rising political and economic risks in some markets have seen these investors turn tail and flee.

Ukraine's statistics service confirms 11.4% GDP drop in Q2

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2020

The fall in the gross domestic product (GDP) of Ukraine in April-June 2020 amounted to 11.4% compared to the same period in 2019, the State Statistics Service said on September 18, confirming its preliminary assessment published in the middle of Augu

Zelenskiy's rating down by a quarter in just three months

Ben Aris in Berlin September 18, 2020

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s approval rating has tumbled from over 70% last year to just 29% now, but he remains by far the most popular politician in the country.

COMMENT: Ukraine’s the Old Rotten System is alive and well

Robert Homans in Washington September 17, 2020

In the nearly 18 months since Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated President of Ukraine, it has become increasingly clear that he, like all his predecessors, is willing to accept, and even support, the Old Rotten System.

Ukraine’s partners worried about deteriorating commitment of Zelenskiy administration to judicial reform

Ben Aris in Berlin September 16, 2020

Lack of commitment to the rule of law and judicial reform are causing consternation, while the increasingly politically motivated actions of recently appointed General Prosecutor Iryna Venedyktova are raising tensions.

Ukraine's consumer inflation in August reaches 2.5% y/y

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2020

Ukraine’s consumer inflation increased to 2.5% year on year in August from 2.4% y/y in the prior month, the State Statistics Service reported on September 9.

Half of Ukrainians want to restore relations with Donbas

bne IntelliNews September 10, 2020

Half of Ukrainians (53%) want relations with the Donbas restored and see the local population as victims, according to a poll conducted by KIIS.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Lawmakers’ promises, one year later

FPRI BMB Ukraine September 10, 2020

During last summer’s parliamentary elections VoxUkraine’s analysts collected the promises made by party leaders. One year later, they’re back to see which political parties have actually delivered.

More details of Belarus’ failed attempt to expel opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova emerge

Ben Aris in Berlin September 9, 2020

More details of the dramatic events on the Belarus-Ukraine border and the attempted expulsion of Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova emerged on September 8, as her two colleagues that escaped to Ukraine gave a press conference in Kyiv.

#BREAKING Belarus authorities try to forcibly expel Kolesnikova, who rips up passport and is detained at Ukraine border

Ben Aris in Berlin September 8, 2020

“This is terror at the state level. Stalin's KGB methods in action. National Coordination Council leaders are being abducted by masked men. By night, then they end up either in prison or in neighbouring countries," tweets local journalist.

Ukraine aims to recruit Belarus' IT workers

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2020

Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Ministry has opened a special web portal for Belarusian IT specialists who want to move to Ukraine and has hired Denis Aleinikov, who helped set up the famous IT park in Minsk

FPRI BMB Ukraine: The battle for control over NABU

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2020

The Constitutional Court declared illegal a 2015 presidential decree appointing Artem Sytnyk as the first (and so far, only) director of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine

COMMENT: How Covid-19 is changing international business and politics

David Landsman OBE and Khawar Qureshi QC in London September 2, 2020

Ever since the plague in Athens in 430 BC described by Thucydides, epidemics have followed movements of people and changed the course of history. Today Covid-19 risks challenging the foundations of business in our modern interconnected world

Ukraine's court cancels anti-corruption agency director appointment

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2020

Artem Sytnyk's 2015 appointment by ex-president Poroshenko as Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau (NABU) has been ruled "unconstitutional" by Constitutional Court on August 28.

SCOOP: Leaked emails of Trump-linked ‘Russian spy’ Kilimnik reveal full story of Ukraine back channels to the EU

Graham Stack in Berlin August 31, 2020

bne IntelliNews has obtained hundreds of Konstantin Kilimnik's emails that show how he and Paul Manafort tried to influence Europe on behalf of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych by building back channels that eventually lead to Manafort's jailing