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Mystery purchase of Russian sovereign debt
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 28 Jan 2020
On January 23 it was reported that an unidentified buyer purchased USD 9 billion of Russian sovereign debt. Almost all bonds due to mature in 2025 were bought by an unnamed buyer. It is believed that the buyer is a Russian company. The purchase did not change the value of the RUB.

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Uzbek President says he will co-operate with the EAEU
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 28 Jan 2020
On January 24 President Mirziyoyev announced that Uzbekistan would work with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). His reasons were that this would mean lower prices and more markets. Up to 80% of Uzbek trade is either with the EAEU or passes through it. He also wished to improve the lot of Uzbek w...

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Escalating row between Russia and Japan
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 27 Jan 2020
On January 27 Russia expelled an unnamed Japanese journalist accusing him of espionage. Surprisingly this man was arrested in 2019 but is only being expelled now.On January 25 Japan arrested a Japanese SoftBank employee whom they suspect passed trade secrets to the Russians. SoftBank is a telecom...

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Mixed messages on ending the Ukraine Conflict
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 25 Jan 2020
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on January 20 that two new disengagement areas would be created. So far there is only one such disengagement area. There is still firing across the ceasefire line. On January 22 two Ukrainian soldiers were shot one of whom died. The Organization...

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Opposition to Putin's constitutional amendments among radicals
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 24 Jan 2020
On January 23 Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's most prominent newspapers, published an open letter by scores of Russia's more radical opposition activists, decrying Putin's attempts to change the constitution. Some deputies in Moscow City Council have stated they are against the proposed amendments...

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North Korean workers still in Russia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 24 Jan 2020
On January 23 Moscow acknowledged that North Korean laborers are still in Russia past the UN deadline for these workers being expelled. A UN Security Council Resolution voted for by Russia required all these workers to leave by December 22 2019. Moscow said that these workers were not repatriated...

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Essential CIS Politics: January 2020
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - Report 22 Jan 2020
• Major changes to the Russian government and constitution are afoot. • Russia is making progress on diversifying its energy export routes. • The Ukraine conflict is de-escalating but permanent peace is uncertain. • Turkmenistan is suffering unrest due to severe economic hardship. • Belarus a...

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Cabinet shakeup in Russia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 21 Jan 2020
Russia's new PM Mikhail Mishustin has reshaped the cabinet dramatically on January 21. The key posts (foreign affairs, the interior, defense, energy, emergencies and finance) have all retained the same ministers as before. However, Anton Siluanov (Finance Minister) has had his additional office o...

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Russia to screen Chinese visitors for Coronavirus
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 21 Jan 2020
On January 21 Russia announced that it would be screening Chinese tourists and business executives for coronavirus. The disease broke out in Wuhan, China in January 2020. the screening will be conducted in airports. The Russian Health Regulator stated that it wished to prevent the virus from spre...

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