[ARTICLE] La répétition générale

Le 10 septembre, seize « sujets » de la Fédération de Russie (en l’occurrence, 15 régions et une ville) ont élu leur nouveau dirigeant local, lors d’une journée qui a vu plus de 6 000 élections se dérouler, depuis les gouverneurs de régions jusqu’aux conseils municipaux. À quelques mois de l’élection présidentielle, la campagne a pris des allures de test pour les actuels gouverneurs, quasiment tous nommés par Vladimir Poutine en 2016 et 2017, et de répétition générale de l’échéance présidentielle. Mais elle a aussi révélé l’absence de compétition électorale dans les régions et, de fait, un désintérêt généralisé pour l’élection.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site du Grand Continent.

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[ARTICLE] Ukraine, anatomie d’une cyberguerre

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Numerama – Ukraine, anatomie d’une cyberguerre

Hybride, froid, conventionnel, cyber, permanent : il existe bien des qualificatifs pour parler du conflit qui mine le Donbass, et par extension, l’Ukraine. Dans un monde numérique toujours plus incertain et menacé, cette guerre d’un genre inédit mérite notre attention. Véritable laboratoire des armes de demain, l’Ukraine est le sujet de la série de Pierre Sautreuil et Fabrice Deprez à suivre sur Numerama.

Episode 1 : La menace permanente

Episode 2 : La cyberdéfense à la peine

Episode 3 : RuNet, cet Internet devenu outil d’influence du Kremlin

Episode 4 : Quelles menaces sur les libertés numériques ?

[ARTICLE] The September 10th gubernatorial elections: What’s the Deal?

On September 10th, 16 Russian regions will hold gubernatorial elections. Nearly all of the leading candidates were named acting governors by Vladimir Putin either this year or last, and there is little doubt that they will secure victory. But the vote, less than a year before the presidential election, will represent a key test for the Kremlin and its gubernatorial favorites. Here’s everything you need to know about the elections, the people running in them, and the regions in which they’re occurring.

You can read the full version of this article on the website of the Bear Market Brief.

[ARTICLE] Ukrainian farmers turn to Donbas veterans for protection from raiders

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By Fabrice Deprez in Berezhinka – July 26, 2017

The flag of the Donbas battalion, one of the most notorious Ukrainian volunteer units to have fought against Russia-backed separatists, flies over the main building of Mikola Trybinienko’s farm.

Members of the former military unit came at the end of June to Berezhinka, a village in central Ukraine, to protect Trybinienko against “raiders”, the term used in the region to describe criminal groups who specialise in the illegal and often violent appropriation of land.

Trybinienko says raiders seized his 500 ha farm in May, after he discovered the state corporate registry had been modified using a forged signature, making the company officially no longer his. When he tried to get it back with the help of locals, a violent clash occurred, injuring at least three people. Local media reported that pistols and hunting rifles were seized by the police at the site.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site de bne IntelliNews.

[ARTICLE] Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin’s presidential guards’ construction empire

In February 2017, the Kremlin quietly appointed a new head of the Caucasus region branch of Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO), the main job of which is to guard President Vladimir Putin, but which until recently ran a secret and highly profitable construction empire.

In April last year this empire collapsed after Russian billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko, who had close ties to senior FSO officials and ran the Baltstroy construction company that actually did most of the work, was arrested for trying to smuggle $1mn worth of vintage cognac into the country. The case caused a major scandal. The deputy head of Russia’s Customs Service had to resign and Mikhalchenko was also charged with skimming millions of dollars off the top of renovation work on one of Putin’s country houses.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site de bne IntelliNews.

[ARTICLE] Special Report: CEE Real Estate

Rebelote : j’ai participé à la réalisation du numéro spécial de bne IntelliNews consacré au marché de l’immobilier en Europe Centrale & Orientale. La Pologne reste le marché le plus attractif dans la région, mais République Tchèque, Hongrie et les Balkans affichent tous une excellente forme. Plus d’infos dans le numéro de mars de bne IntelliNews (où se trouve aussi mon article sur les appels d’offre étatique en Russie).

[ARTICLE] Investors shy away from market darling Magnit as Russia’s retail sector competition toughens

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Have investors fallen out of love with Magnit, the star of Russia’s retail sector for many years and one of the most profitable retailer in the world?

The stock was a must-have as the retailer that uniquely shunned Moscow went from strength to strength driving up earnings which were over $10bn last year. However, last year the stock was flat between January and December, while the market as a whole was up over 50%.

In London, the company’s share price went down throughout 2015 and kept fluttering in 2016, losing serious ground to its main competitor, X5: in April 2015, Magnit’s shares were worth $58, while X5’s shares sold at $18. Today, the price is closer to $40 and $30 respectively. Shares in Magnit have also been on a downward trend at the ruble-denominated Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX) since the beginning of the year.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site de bne IntelliNews.