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      Lukashenko re-election assured in Belarus but future is not

      The 10-storey poster that towers over a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Minsk’s Independence Square urges Belarusians to...

    2. October 8, 2015

      Belarus investigative journalist wins Nobel literature prize

      Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer and investigative journalist, has won the 2015 Nobel literature prize for...

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    1. FT Data

      October 8, 2015

      Datawatch: GDP growth forecasts for 2016

      Six of the 189 economies for which the IMF produces forecasts are now expected to contract in 2016. Only a few months...

    2. FT Alphaville

      September 21, 2015

      FirstFT - Syriza secures clear win, the Square Mile charm offensive and a surge in dementia cases

      Alexis Tsipras’s radical left Syriza party secured a clear victory in Sunday’s Greek general election, suggesting his...

    3. September 20, 2015

      Russia to establish air base in Belarus

      Russia is moving ahead with plans to establish a military air base in Belarus, fuelling concerns over potential threats...

    4. beyondbrics

      September 17, 2015

      Hurdles ahead along the "New Silk Road"

      By Wolfgang Lehmacher and Victor Padilla-Taylor, World Economic Forum In October 2012, Wang Jisi – professor at Beijing...

    5. FT Alphaville

      August 21, 2015

      Of China's "dirty peg" and spreading EM pain

      Jim Reid at Deutsche assesses the damage so far. As he says, this has something of a taper tantrum feel to it but...

    6. July 10, 2015

      India and Pakistan join Shanghai Co-operation Organisation

      The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation has embarked on a big enlargement process that could transform the club that...

    7. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection...

    8. The World

      April 22, 2015

      Ukraine conflict attracts foreign fighters - on both sides

      Just like the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the violence in eastern Ukraine is attracting foreign fighters – some with...

    9. March 24, 2015

      Belaruskali shakes up potash sector

      The potash industry, which has attracted investments from leading miners such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, is being...

    10. March 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin brushes off ‘gossip’ over mystery absence

      Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance in 11 days on Monday, brushing aside rumours that he was seriously ill...

    11. beyondbrics

      February 26, 2015

      Russian lawmakers branded as traitors for trying to lift food embargo

      With food prices in Russia surging by more than 20 per cent, you might expect parliament to debate the merits of tit...

    12. beyondbrics

      February 16, 2015

      Guest post: Russia the winner from Minsk deal on Ukraine

      By Alex Clackson, Global Political Insight The peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, last week regarding eastern...

    13. beyondbrics

      February 13, 2015

      Guest post: what will the west do when Minsk-2 unravels?

      By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta European leaders desperate to avoid going down an Iranian-style route of...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      February 12, 2015

      Waiting in Minsk

      Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on deep into a second day ...

    15. February 10, 2015

      Fighting rages on eve of Ukraine peace talks

      Russian-backed rebels and pro-Kiev forces launched offensives in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as the two sides fought...

    16. February 4, 2015

      Foreign exodus from Russia gathers pace

      Foreigners are leaving Russia in unprecedented numbers in a sign of how the political stand-off with the west and...

    17. January 29, 2015

      Belarus president’s slip of the tongue spooks bond markets

      A slip of the tongue by President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus sparked an unprecedented sell-off in the country’s...

    18. January 19, 2015

      Russian economy to shrink 5%, says EBRD

      Russia’s economy will shrink by close to 5 per cent this year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development...

    19. January 8, 2015

      Russia: Dangers of isolation

      Welcome to Russia,” says the big sign marking the border from Belarus on the main road from Minsk to Moscow. But as...

    20. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Gorbachev recipe book is no small potato

      In the summer of 1985 the Anglo-Soviet entente was going so well that even Soviet gastronomy — in the form of the...

    21. December 27, 2014

      Belarus replaces prime minister and top officials

      MINSK, Belarus — Belarus’ authoritarian president has replaced the prime minister, the head of the national bank and an...

    22. FT Alphaville

      December 24, 2014

      What does online shopping have to do with hyperinflation?

      As the WSJ reported on Tuesday, the Russian rouble’s collapse is taking a particularly heavy toll on Belarus, Europe’s...

    23. FT Alphaville

      December 24, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Malthusian Economics of Christmas Trees circa 1907. - Will Abe’s Womenomics lead to...

    24. December 22, 2014

      Russia’s ills spread around the region

      When Russia sneezes, the rest of the former Soviet Union catches a cold. Last week, as the rouble plunged as much as 36...

    25. beyondbrics

      December 19, 2014

      Belarus: kicking the rouble when it's down

      In a dreadful week for the rouble, Alexander Lukashenka, the president of Belarus, has gone out of his way to make...

    26. December 19, 2014

      Belarus slaps 30% tax on foreign currency purchases

      Belarus has imposed a 30 per cent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 per cent as...

    27. December 5, 2014

      Theatre director’s dramatic exit from Minsk to London

      May 16 2011 is etched in the memory of Natalia Kaliada, the co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre (BFT). It is the day she...

    28. November 28, 2014

      The Hotel Moskva’s five-star makeover

      Alexey Shchusev was one of the most distinguished architects of the Soviet era, a designer of projects from the Russian...

    29. beyondbrics

      November 13, 2014

      25 years after the Wall

      A story told in the Bank of England goes like this. Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of Russian...

    30. October 1, 2014

      Alternative web journals in Belarus serve up cappuccino reviews and local culture

      The former Soviet republic of Belarus has a limited media sector and uses Russian as the lingua franca. But Iryna...

    31. September 15, 2014

      Violence puts Ukraine ceasefire under pressure

      Fighting in eastern Ukraine continued on Monday in the worst violence between pro-Kiev forces and Russian-backed...

    32. beyondbrics

      September 3, 2014

      Guest post: Ukraine's unpalatable choices - capitulate, fight or consolidate

      By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the tide on the battlefield has...

    33. September 2, 2014

      Standoff with west reveals splinters in Putin’s Eurasia project

      Cracks are beginning to show in Vladimir Putin’s grand project to form a Eurasian union to rival the EU as Russia’s...

    34. FT Photo Diary

      September 1, 2014

      Special agents orange

      Sergei Gapon/AFP Soldiers of Belarus special mission unit take part in a demonstration at the cadet of the Suvorov...

    35. August 23, 2014

      Germany urges Ukraine to accept federal solution with separatists

      Angela Merkel has urged Russia to engage in a peace plan with Ukraine’s government during her first visit to Kiev since...

    36. August 23, 2014

      Convoy returns to Russia after Lugansk aid drop

      International observers say they have seen all 227 vehicles of Moscow’s humanitarian aid convoy to Eastern Ukraine...

    37. August 22, 2014

      Russia defies Kiev and sends convoy into eastern Ukraine

      Kiev has accused Moscow of invading its territory, after Russia defied its neighbour and sent a humanitarian convoy...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      August 15, 2014

      Steeplechase Zurich

      Phil Noble/Reuters Sviatlana Kudzelich of Belarus (2nd L) Natalya Vlasova of Russia (L) and Gesa-Felicitas Krause of...

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