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    1. 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 matters...

    2. 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 the...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 central...

    4. 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 Vidanava,...

    5. 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 separatists...

    6. 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 turned...

    7. 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 partners...

    8. 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 military...

    9. 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 the...

    10. 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 already...

    11. 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 across...

    12. 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 Germany...

    13. beyondbrics

      August 14, 2014

      Opinion: Russia, an economic black hole for its neighbours

      Pity any Russians wanting to sit down to their regular Sunday lunch of kangaroo steak, medium-rare. Thanks to the trade...

    14. August 11, 2014

      EU plans Russia sanctions talks with Latin America countries

      The EU plans to hold talks with countries such as Brazil and Chile to dissuade them from stepping in to replace Europe’s...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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....

    38. 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   ...

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