The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

News to 30 March 2013 Self-exiled Russian businessman and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky has died in his Surrey home at the age of 67. Berezovsky died from injuries consistent with hanging, according a post-mortem examination released on Monday night.  It is suspected that Berezovsky committed suicide. Pathologists will now carry out further tests, including toxicology … Continue reading

The shale gas revolution
Analysis

The shale gas revolution

In the first of a two part series on the major issues surrounding shale gas extraction in Central and Eastern Europe, Andrew Ryan summarises how these new sources will be exploited differently to US reserves. Unconventional gas has been recorded since the nineteenth century. However, our story doesn’t really begin until the 1980’s, when the … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

News up to 23 March The posthumous trial of Sergey Magnitsky commenced in Moscow on Friday, a few days after Russia’s Investigative Committee cancelled the investigation into his death.  Magnitsky was imprisoned on accusations of defrauding the state through unpaid taxes.  Prior to this Magnitsky, who died in prison custody in 2009, had alleged large-scale … Continue reading

Rada Contemptuous
Analysis

Rada Contemptuous

A striking feature of Ukraine’s parliament is the regularity with which deputies prevent it from working. Josh Black looks at the reasons behind this phenomenon. For the second time this year, opposition deputies have brought the proceedings of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to a halt.  In an East European version of the filibuster tactic recently deployed … Continue reading