Month: June 2020

Social Network Providers Targeted by New Wave of Regulations in Turkey

A draft law targeting social network providers (SNPs) has continued to gain traction after being submitted last month to The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (Parliament) by Halil Öztürk, an MP from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). MHP has been supportive of President Erdoğan and established an electoral alliance (People’s Alliance) with the ruling Justice …

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Russian Senate as a highly empowered stakeholder: a new direction for corporate GR

On July 1, the postponed nationwide vote for amendments to the Russian Constitution will be held. The amendments, approved by the Parliament and regional legislative bodies and signed by the President into law in March, will take effect only if approved by the nationwide vote ( which is largely s een as a formality ). …

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Poland’s Presidential Election Turmoil: What Next?

Early May saw the postponement of Poland’s Presidential Elections after the Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) party-led governing coalition failed to agree on how and when they should be organised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Polish voters were then dealt another curveball when the opposition candidate Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, from the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska or PO), …

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Navigating Russia’s New Investment Code for Government Relations

On April 1, the Law “On Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements in the Russian Federation” (IPPA) was adopted, aiming to support and encourage large-scale investment projects in Russia, as the country looks to grapple with the twin pressures of a sustained fall in inward investment and the economic impact of the pandemic crisis. Over the …

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Presidential Elections in Moldova

On November 15, Moldova concluded only its fourth direct presidential elections since independence, in which the new President was elected from multiple candidates via a

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Russian Government Reshuffle

For the first time during his presidency, on 9 November 2020, Vladimir Putin dismissed four members of Mikhail Mishustin’s Cabinet: Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy,

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New Investment Policy Approaches in Russia

In early October, the Russian Government approved a number of Resolutions required for launching a new investment tool – Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements (‘IPPAs’

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Parliamentary Elections: Aftermath in Georgia

On October 31, Georgian voters went to the polls to elect the country’s new parliament for the upcoming legislative term. While the ruling Georgian Dream

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Three Political Hotspots in the Post-Soviet Space

Over recent months, three significant trouble spots have emerged in the post-Soviet space. In Belarus, the political crisis prompted by the disputed Presidential elections has continued

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