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    1. November 22, 2015

      Ukraine adapts trade links to soften Russian economic blow

      At Kiev’s Boryspil airport, Igor, a 28-year-old Russian returning from what he calls an “excellent” trip to the...

    2. November 12, 2015

      Time of Women, Young Vic, London — ‘Potent’

      Their very name contains an irony: because of the political nature of their work, Belarus Free Theatre cannot perform...

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    1. November 6, 2015

      Belarus banks put hopes in SMEs as economy slides

      Belarusian banks, like the country’s entire economy, are in a state of flux. The impact of western sanctions on Russia...

    2. October 26, 2015

      Y-bar, Minsk

      Where Nezalezhnasti 37a WiFi Yes Plug sockets Yes Espresso BYR 19,000 ($1.10) Open 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat 2am Privacy 1/5 A...

    3. October 16, 2015

      Radiation biology: new life at Chernobyl

      For the human inhabitants of Belarus and Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 brought death, disease and...

    4. October 15, 2015

      Belarus tries to bring its economy in from the cold

      Each day on his way to work as he drives past a church near his home in the Minsk suburbs, the chairman of Belarus’...

    5. October 14, 2015

      Europe must stay tough on the dictator of Belarus

      That Alexander Lukashenko, a man who seems almost to relish his reputation as Europe’s last dictator, would win a fifth...

    6. October 12, 2015

      EU looks to suspend Belarus sanctions in wake of election

      The EU has signalled its intention to suspend some of the sanctions imposed on Belarus, in a move that could bring...

    7. October 11, 2015

      Landslide extends Lukashenko’s rule over Belarus

      Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth successive term in power on Sunday with a landslide election...

    8. October 9, 2015

      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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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 ...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. FT Alphaville

      December 24, 2014

      Further reading

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

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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