Country Analysts

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

Recent Country Insights

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Turkmen President puts his son in charge of oil and gas as the country runs short of food
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 30 Nov 2021
The announcement was made on November 25 in the main government newspaper. Serdar Berdymukhamedov is already the deputy prime minister with responsibility for economic affairs. He is in the Turkmen Parliament. His latest appointment is yet another sign that Serdar is his father's heir. Serdar is ...

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Ukraine de-oligarchization
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 30 Nov 2021
On November 24 the cabinet passed a 20-point plan to implement the law on oligarchs. It is also reforming the judicial system. The objective is a diminution of oligarchic influence in politics. The National Security and Defense Council shall create a registry of oligarchs. The National Council on...

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Energy shortage in Central Asia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 29 Nov 2021
The five former Soviet republics in the region are facing a paucity of energy in winter. Kazakhstan is the largest in area and Uzbekistan is the largest in population. Only the west of Kazakhstan is contending with an energy shortage although ironically that is the oil and gas rich region.On Octo...

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Kyrgyz Government parties win election and the opposition cries foul
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 29 Nov 2021
On November 28 the results were announced showing that pro-government parties have secured 36 of the 54 party list seats. The Fatherland Party, the Trust Party and the Harmony Party all performed strongly. Together they took over 40% of the vote. Ray of Faith (a moderate Islamic party) also won s...

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Ukrainian President claims there is a coup plot against him
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 28 Nov 2021
On November 26 Zelensky made the extraordinary claim. This is as there is a significant Russian build up of forces close to the Ukrainian Frontier. However, Zelensky said that the Ukrainian Military is able to meet any threat. It is true that the military has been upgraded by almost a generation ...

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Russia hosts talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 27 Nov 2021
On November 26 the leaders of the two Caucasian countries met with Putin in Sochi. The aim of the talks is to allay tensions over the territorial dispute. Exchanges of fire between the two nations led to the deaths of 13 soldiers earlier in November 2021. Armenia accused the Azerbaijanis of incur...

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52 die in Russian coal mine disaster
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 26 Nov 2021
On November 25 an accident at Listvyazhnaya Mine in Kemerovo Region occurred. Smoke filled the mine and killed the miners. The rescue effort was unavailing and 6 of the dead were rescuers. Managers at the mine have been arrested on suspicion of non-adherence to safety regulations. There were 285 ...

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China and Russia close to a military alliance
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 25 Nov 2021
On November 24 it was announced that Beijing and Moscow will enhance collaboration in patrolling the Asia-Pacific Region. The Russian Defense Minister complained about increasing US Air Force activity and presence on Russia's borders.On November 23 Defense Minister Shoigu said that he had agreed ...

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US and Russian generals speak on phone to cool tensions
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 24 Nov 2021
On November 23 the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Russian Chief of General Staff spoke about security issues. The US said the discussion was about de-confliction. The US is concerned about the build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine. Russia says this is a drill. There are analysts ...

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