Country Analysts

Alex Teddy
Head, EMEA Operations, Urus Advisory
Alexei Panin
Head, CIS Operations, Urus Advisory

Recent Country Insights

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Bond and equity market open in first quarter
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 24 Mar 2019
Four Russian Eurbonds worth USD 2.67 billion were issued this quarter. This is larger than the total over the three previous quarters. A few companied issued SPO for the first time since August 2019. In 2018 Russian capital markets suffered from both political and economic risks. The US Federal R...

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Russian banks circumventing DASKAA - for now
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 23 Mar 2019
Russian banks and the Finance Ministry are drawing up a plan to get around DASKAA. This will be through correspondent accounts. A non-sanctioned bank would receive USD and pass them through a correspondent account to the sanctioned account. This tactic is not new.In August 2018 the US Congress pa...

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Nazarbayev resigns
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 19 Mar 2019
President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan resigned on March 19. Although he had been in poor health for some time his resignation came sooner than anticipated. He ruled the country for 30 years. He retains the official title 'Leader of the Nation' so he can remain the power behind the throne. He is the ...

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Ukrainian election - Zelenskiy pulls further ahead
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 18 Mar 2019
A polling company called SOCIS has found that Zelenskiy has almost 28% of voters committed to him. This is significant because this poll is only about people who said they are certain that they will vote. Zelenskiy's problem is that many of his supporters are first time voters - a demographic tha...

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High speed rail to Nizhny Novgorod needs finance
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 15 Mar 2019
Prime Minister Medvedev ok'd the first part of the enlarged Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod high speed rail line. President Putin will have the final say though. This rail line is unlikely to make a profit. It will cost USD 9.5 billion. Only USD 3 billion dollars will come from Russian Railroads and the f...

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Russian-Venezuelan bank under sanctions
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 13 Mar 2019
On March 11 the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank for its “assistance” to PDVSA and to the Maduro regime. However, the only example cited in the press release refers to the oil-backed cryptocurrency Petro. According to the ...

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Venezuela – the Russia connection
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - Report 10 Mar 2019
After the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Moscow largely neglected Latin America. Two events were key to changing the situation, namely, the international response to Russia’s occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008; and to the Russian annexation of Crimea and support for Donbass rebels...

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Russia seeks private investment in the Arctic
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 09 Mar 2019
Russia's special representative on Far East Development (Yuri Trutnev) announced that he is in favor of finding new investment regimes to open access to the Artic shelf's oil and gas fields. The Arctic shelf was once estimated to have up to 67% of the oil and gas in Russia's Arctic. At the moment...

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Rostec joins pilot customs project with China
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 02 Mar 2019
RT Invest Transport Systems and Platon will jointly run a pilot project controlling freight and passenger traffic between Russia and China. RT Invest Transport System is a subsidiary of Rostec. Platon is a toll system.There have been several attempts to improve Trans-Eurasia roads and capitalize ...

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