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    1. 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 for tat...

    2. 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 Ukraine...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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 ...

    3. 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 over...

    4. 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 economic...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 Roman, a...

    8. 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 potato —...

    9. 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...

    10. 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 last...

    11. FT Alphaville

      December 24, 2014

      Further reading

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

    12. 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 per...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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