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Presidential Elections & Power Structure Changes in Kyrgyzstan

On 10 January, Kyrgyzstan held early presidential elections in conjunction with a referendum on the form of governance (transferring from the parliamentary to the presidential model). The controversial elections followed on from October’s much-criticised parliamentary elections and amidst ongoing political turmoil that has reigned ever since. The official vote count gave Sadyr Japarov an overwhelming …

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Ukrainian Government New Approach to Working with Major Investors

In December 2020, Ukraine unveiled a range of new incentives for major investors, as it looks to accelerate the economic recovery from the pandemic. The Verkhovna Rada passed a law on “Government Support for Major Investment in Ukraine” which applies to both Ukrainian and foreign companies that are 100% owners of an established, resident legal …

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Romania: Analysis & Policy Implications of the Parliamentary Elections

On Sunday, Romanian voters went to the polls to elect members of the country’s two-chamber Parliament: the Senate (upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (lower house). While the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) received the largest share of the vote, the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) looks set to stay in power and form …

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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 two-round system. Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist and the Prime Minister of a short-lived 2019 coalition government between pro-EU and pro-Russian political parties, defeated incumbent President Igor Dodon …

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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, Yevgeny Ditrikh, Minister of Transport, Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities, and Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment. Igor Artemiev, who has headed the Federal …

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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’ or ‘the Agreements’). The documents were adopted pursuant to the IPPA Law enacted on 1 April 2020. The Law has not so far been enforced because no approved agreement signing …

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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 party (GD) emerged victorious and is on course to claim an all-out parliamentary majority, opposition parties – contradicting the largely positive assessments of international observers – have so far rejected …

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What Can International Investors Expect From the Change of Government?

On October 25, Lithuania held the second round of its parliamentary elections. 73 MPs were appointed in the first round on October 11th, with voters then electing the remaining 68 single district MPs to the Seimas, the country’s unicameral parliament, in round two. IGP member Kesarev, takes a deeper look at the election results, as …

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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 for more than two months; in Nagorno-Karabakh, an unprecedented military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan started in late September and in Kyrgyzstan, the protests after the Parliamentary elections resulted in a quick power transfer …

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Kazakhstan Snapshot: Incentives for Investors after Covid-19

To respond to the ongoing crisis and stimulate a recovery the Kazakh Government employed a range of new and already-existed tax incentives. The idea is clear – to increase the country’s attractiveness for investors, both domestic and international. Kesarev tries to find the answer why some experts doubt that these measures would be enough to …

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Throttling of Twitter in Russia

On March 16 Russia’s Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN) stated that it is ready to impose a full blocking on Twitter in Russia within one month

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Coalition Crisis in Slovakia

Slovakia’s ruling multi-party coalition has been plunged into a full-scale political crisis after Prime Minister Igor Matovič singlehandedly moved to acquire the Russian-made Sputnik V

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Post-Election Crisis In Georgia

Analysis and Implications After the Crackdown On the Georgian Opposition The political impasse in Georgia between the country’s ruling Georgian Dream party (GD) and its

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