The role the Aliyev family plays in Azerbaijan goes beyond the political. As per the many exposes on the commercial exploits of the Presidential family, Azerbaijan exemplifies the negative economic impact a strong political-commercial nexus can have on a country’s FDI prospects.
In Ukraine, the media landscape is highly manipulated. Oligarchs, who dominate various industries, have realised the influential that control over media carries. In this sense, oligarchic interests in media ownership makes this sector a battleground for interests, rather than the ‘truth’.
Since the independence of Kazakhstan, the media sector has been controlled by the Nazarbayev clan, creating more space for the government to exert influence.
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Russia’s introduction of new tax breaks is yet another example of the Kremlin’s influence over the law-making process. The new fiscal amendment, approved by Parliament and signed by the President, is set to benefit sanctioned friends of the regime.
The new appointment of Azerbaijan’s First Lady as Vice-President is meant to preserve political stability, but this strategy very well may backfire.
The recent visit of EBRD’s President to Uzbekistan signals a new phase in the relationship between the two entities; but may very well prove to be a litmus test for informal networks in Tashkent.
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Destined to be a source of controversy, the layers of the Rosneft privatisation deal are slowly being pulled away. It should be watched closely by foreign investors, as it provides insight into international power plays and their impact on the investment environment.
Despite EuroMaidan and the promises of reform, Ukraine is struggling to attract foreign investment. Are the questionable ties that exist between business and politics self-sustaining in the country?
Political transition draws near, the prospects for change to come through a democratic process is not positive. The most probable scenario is that the government will pass new regulations that will further damage constitutional freedoms.
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In the aftermath of EuroMaidan (2014) Ukraine has initiated various reforms to break with its past. Its scorecard on each reveals whether it will remain a nation where oligarch and political interests collude, or whether it is able to forge a new path forward.
In Russia, construction projects are often a matter of state prestige. Therefore, the Kremlin often turns a blind eye on corruption, inefficiency and high costs. With the World Cup 2018 fast approaching, Shadow Governance explains how these projects work and who tends to benefit from them.
Over the last weeks, Ukrainian media outlets have frequently reported on the possibility of early Rada elections. Political forces have linked the necessity of new elections to pursuing reforms, while the authorities oppose it for the sake of stability.