Monthly Archive: March 2005

Russia writes off Ethiopian debt

Russia writes off Ethiopian debt

Russia has written off Ethiopia’s $1.1 billion debt, ostensibly to help Ethiopia in its fight against poverty, although I suspect arms sales may, as is so often the case, be at the root of...

Weekly News #15

Weekly News #15

Protests, protests, protests, is the story of the week in Russia and its near abroad, with Kyrgyzstan’s Tulip revolution overshadowing the demonstrations in Belarus, Ingushetia and Bashkortostan.  Details of these, plus the latest about...

Protest violently broken up in Minsk

Protest violently broken up in Minsk

An opposition protest in Minsk yesterday was broken up by truncheon wielding police. Showing he will not tolerate demonstrations like those that drove the presidents of Georgia, Ukraine and now Kyrgyzstan from power, [President]...

Khodorkovsky back taxes paid

Khodorkovsky back taxes paid

This is interesting – three Menatep shareholders have paid Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s $54 million tax debt in full.  "My lawyers have informed me today that my friends decided to pay the claim laid against me...

Moldovan endgame?

Moldovan endgame?

Remember the Moldovan election back in early March? The Communist Party won re-election in the parliamentary election, following which the newly elected members of Parliament vote for their President in early April.Brussels Gonzo has...

Russia’s muted reaction

Russia’s muted reaction

I’ve only been able to find one official comment from Russia about the events in Kyrgyzstan today. From the looks of it, Russia is keeping its mouth more or less shut while it reconciles...

Weekly News #14

Weekly News #14

This week in Russia brought an assassination attempt, plus claims that Russia is on the brink of revolution. In the CIS, Putin met with Ukrainian President Yushchenko, while protests rocked Kyrgyzstan.  Further afield, Putin...

Kyrgyzstan: what chance peacekeepers?

Kyrgyzstan: what chance peacekeepers?

Continuing protests in southern Kyrgyzstan are giving rise to speculation that Russia might intervene militarily.  Democracy Guy and Registan.net both correctly say, however, that the Russian military isn’t capable of an unwanted intervention (read:...

Kyrgyzstan protests escalate

Kyrgyzstan protests escalate

Anti-government protests in the southern Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad seem to be spiralling beyond the control of President Askar Akayev and his government today.  Nathan at registan.net is continuing to do a...

Invest in Russia!

Invest in Russia!

I occasionally moan about how President Putin’s mismanagement is putting companies off investing in Russia.  Providing a counterweight to pessimists like me is Bill Cara, securities trader, global market strategist and blogger.  He’s writing...