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  1. July 6, 2014

    Leading Kazakh bank eyes foreign expansion

    Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest bank by assets, is planning an international expansion after closing a deal to take...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    July 3, 2014

    Belarus Independence haulage

    Sergei Gapon/AFP An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking Independence Day in the Belarus capital...

  1. June 16, 2014

    Georgia ready for EU deal ‘complications’ from Russia

    Georgia is preparing for a backlash from Russia over its decision to sign a trade agreement with the EU as tensions rise in...

  2. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2014

    Morocco takes a ride on the hunt for yield

    The rush of emerging markets into euro-denominated debt continued on Friday, with Morocco issuing a €1bn 10-year bond with a...

  3. June 9, 2014

    Russia’s neighbours: Primary colours

    In the Palace of Independence in Astana, the post-Soviet capital of Kazakhstan, the three heads of state rose to their feet...

  4. beyondbrics

    June 5, 2014

    Lots of circuses, not enough bread: EM's failure to reform and invest

    Last week, Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, bafflingly announced he would sign a decree that would return to the...

  5. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2014

    Belarus plans to bring back serfdom

    Alexander Lukashenko is living up to his reputation as Europe’s last remaining dictator. The president of Belarus has...

  6. May 19, 2014

    Europe has lost the ability to shape its neighbours

    In America, they have Super Tuesday. Europe is about to have a Super Sunday, with elections for the European Parliament...

  7. The A-List

    May 14, 2014

    Tiny Kyrgyzstan feels the heat from the Ukraine crisis

    The five central Asian republics, tied to Russia’s overlordship through a welter of economic and social ties, are all...

  8. March 26, 2014

    Egypt and Russia to boost trade ties as US influence wanes

    Egypt is discussing a trade agreement with the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, in the latest sign that...

  9. March 24, 2014

    Russian moves unsettle neighbours in Central Asia and Caucasus

    When Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, on Sunday broke ranks with Moscow to criticise its annexation of Crimea as...

  10. March 23, 2014

    Belarus, a close Russia ally, criticises Putin’s Crimea grab

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea has provoked unease among one of its closest allies, with Alexander Lukashenko, the...

  11. beyondbrics

    March 17, 2014

    Guest post: Putin grabs the Crimea but loses Ukraine

    By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has said that Russia reserves the...

  12. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * US warns Russia of Crimea poll reprisals | Moscow deploys fighter jets to Belarus after Washington moves...

  13. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * IBM factory workers strike in China | More than 1,000 workers have gone on strike at factory in China over...

  14. March 5, 2014

    Uralkali investors back renewing Belarus partnership

    The two largest shareholders in Uralkali have endorsed the logic of restarting a partnership with Belarus, opening the door...

  15. Off Message

    March 4, 2014

    When sanctions work

    The policy document on Ukraine carried by an official and photographed on Downing Street states that “the UK should not...

  16. March 3, 2014

    Gazprom: in the pipeline

    First, assume things get a lot less Brotherly. Europe took about 160bn cubic metres of its natural gas from Russia last...

  17. beyondbrics

    February 19, 2014

    Guest post: possible knock-on effects of the Ukraine crisis

    By Timonthy Ash of Standard Bank With the dramatic events in Kiev and beyond, investors are asking what contagion risks are...

  18. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    Ukraine: how stressed can you get?

    We did this a couple of days ago but here it is again: the $1.6bn bond of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, due on...

  19. beyondbrics

    February 12, 2014

    Uralkali and Belaruskali: driven by business or politics?

    When billionaire Suleiman Kerimov and his business partners sold their stakes in Uralkali, the Russian potash miner, at the...

  20. beyondbrics

    February 10, 2014

    Uralkali: looking to jump the queue in Brazil

    Russian potash producer Uralkali has decided to invest in port infrastructure in Brazil in a move to bolster its position in...

  21. FT Alphaville

    February 5, 2014

    Hryvnia? We hardly knew ye

    Get yourselves an FX reserve-friend, we said… That’s the Ukrainian hryvnia versus the US dollar on Wednesday — via Reuters....

  22. FT Photo Diary

    January 31, 2014

    Performing hippos

    Viktor Drachev/AFP Ludmila and Tofig Akhundov perform with hippos in a circus in the Belarus capital of Minsk   ...

  23. January 27, 2014

    Europe’s fear of Russia is a rerun of Soviet mistakes

    Many Europeans believe the nascent economic union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia is hostile to the EU’s objectives....

  24. January 24, 2014

    Ukraine: On the front line

    Smoke drifts over Kiev’s Hrushevskoho street in a scene that resembles trench warfare. Protesters lob fire bombs and...

  25. January 17, 2014

    Viktor Yanukovich defies west on anti-protest legislation

    Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich on Friday defied intense criticism from the EU and US by signing into law anti-protest...

  26. beyondbrics

    January 11, 2014

    The Weekender, January 11

    The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus...

  27. January 7, 2014

    Putin’s attempt to recreate the Soviet empire is futile

    According to Vladimir Putin, the “Eurasian Union” that the Kremlin hopes to forge with two of Russia’s southwestern...

  28. beyondbrics

    January 6, 2014

    Russia rewards Belarus with $2bn and ice hockey friendship

    Russia continues its ‘funding-for-loyalty’ initiatives aimed at former Soviet states. Just after Ukraine agreed a $20bn...

  29. January 2, 2014

    Russia-led union risks new divisions

    In Vladimir Putin’s first two terms as president, he set about turning Russia into an “energy superpower”. When the rise of...

  30. beyondbrics

    December 24, 2013

    Belarus puts more ‘family silver’ up for sale in 2014

    It looks like the Belarusian authorities are becoming serious about re-starting their state property privatisation...

  31. December 23, 2013

    Potash group Uralkali appoints Uralchem executive to chief’s post

    Uralkali, the Russian potash company, has appointed Dmitry Osipov to replace Vladislav Baumgertner who last month was...

  32. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2013

    Belarus's Lukashenko: looking for a lifeline

    Russian financial aid often comes with strings attached, and pumping Russian money into a dysfunctional economy only helps...

  33. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    Guest post: Belarus gets jealous of Putin's cut for Ukraine

    By Anna Maria Dyner and Ievgen Vorobiov of PISM The deal announced by presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Viktor...

  34. beyondbrics

    December 9, 2013

    Ukraine's muddle-through: running out of time?

    Reports from Kiev say opposition party headquarters have been raided by government troops and independent media outlets...

  35. beyondbrics

    December 3, 2013

    Belarus: can it make a comeback to eurobond market?

    As pressure grows on public finances, the government of Belarus is mulling a return to the international debt market with a...

  36. December 3, 2013

    PotashCorp to cut production and shed 1 in 5 jobs

    PotashCorp of Saskatchewan is shedding almost one in five jobs and cutting production in a sign of the strain that producers...

  37. beyondbrics

    November 29, 2013

    Eurochem: looking to China with Migao

    The battle between Russia and Belarus over potash assets that has roiled global fertiliser markets this year has not thrown...

  38. November 21, 2013

    Belarus to extradite Uralkali chief to Russia

    Belarus will extradite the chief executive of Russian fertiliser group Uralkali to Moscow in a further sign of cooling in...

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