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What Lies Beneath: Russian Government Reshuffle

Shortly after his fifth inauguration, President Putin proposed that Prime Minister Mishustin should stay in his job. He kept most of the economic team in place, suggesting he is broadly happy with how the management of the country is going.

Russia’s Sanctions Response Diary – May 20th 2024

New this week: May 20th: Russian press reports suggest that the government plans to lift its ban on the export of gasoline, which had been imposed on March 1st for six months. The reason given is that there are no shortages.

Kazakhstan: Reforming Family Connections

One of President Tokayev’s most important reforms is tackling corruption. A big part of this is a review of the privatizations and patronage “awards” under the Nazarbayev presidency.

Russia Macro Monthly May 2024

The Russian economy posted solid YoY growth rates in 1Q24, mostly due to two factors: the weak base of 1Q23 and the leap-year effect.

Putin’s Inauguration: Will There be Government Changes?

The Russian Constitution requires the government to resign after a new president is sworn in. This will happen after President Putin’s inauguration today. There is, as usual, plenty of speculation about changes but President Putin is expected to ask the current team to stay on as acting ministers.

Uzbekistan: Electrifying Growth – Mind the Water Hazzard

Uzbekistan has been almost completely transformed, as a country, economy, and society, because of the successful rollout of major reforms since early 2017. The focus has now switched and is aimed at attracting more diverse investment, including efforts to tackle corruption.

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