All posts by Fabrice Deprez

Je suis journaliste depuis 2015, un travail qui m'a déjà emmené en Ukraine, en Russie et dans les pays Baltes. Parmi mes (nombreux) intérêts se trouvent les transformations économiques et politiques de la région, les questions internationales et les problématiques digitales. Sinon, j'aime écouter du hip-hop russophone et manger du plov.

RuNet Echo: As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

Article published on the RuNet Echo website on April 16th. As a Moscow court ordered the ban of messenger app Telegram on April 13, 2018, Deputy Communications Minister Alexey Volin tried to sound reassuring: those who want to keep using it, he said, “will look for ways to bypass the blocking.” In a rare moment of consensus ...

BMB : Penelope’s Suitors: The drama around a tanker held up in Novorossiysk

Article written with Nicholas Trickett and published on the Bear Market Brief website on March 28, 2018. 2018 got off to a rough start for Russia’s busiest port. In late January, Transneft accused Yevgeniy Tuzinkevich, Novorossiysk port’s harbormaster, of hindering the loading of cargo at the port’s oil terminal. Tuzinkevich, Transneft claimed, insisted in giving priority ...

Le Grand Continent : Les enjeux géopolitiques des élections russes

Article publié sur le site du "Grand Continent" le 15 mars 2018. Faut-il s’intéresser à l’élection présidentielle russe ? L’issue, après tout, ne fait aucun doute : Vladimir Poutine sera élu et continuera à diriger la Russie comme il l’a fait depuis 18 ans. Mais malgré un résultat couru d’avance et une campagne dépourvue d’intérêt évident, les ...

BMB: Navalny in the Regions – Social media data tells us where he’s most popular

Article published on the Bear Market Brief website on March 8th, 2018. In early December, all the information about one of Alexei Navalny’s regional campaign offices disappeared from the campaign website of the activist-turned-opposition-politician. The Popular Headquarters of Yessentuki had been set up less than six months earlier and was one of the Putin critic’s ...

Bne: Naftogaz’s fragile success

Article published on bne IntelliNews on March 7th, 2018. Reforming Ukraine’s state-owned gas company is like doing surgery, Yuri Vitrenko argues. The commercial director of Naftogaz has a thing for medical analogies, comparing the company to a human body and saying his goal is to turn it into a “healthy, fit person”. But he’s also careful ...

Bne: Ukraine’s ‘Untouchables’ are battered but unbowed

Article published on bne IntelliNews on February 27th, 2018 Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau is on the frontline of the country’s fight against corruption, but its offices are in a quiet suburb of Kyiv well away from the rest of the imposing government buildings in the centre. That’s probably a good thing, as NABU is not ...

L’invité D&B: Moldova and position of EaP leader between forced reforms and advantage of regional comparison

By Dionis Cenuşa° – initially published on IPN ° Dionis Cenuşa is a political scientist from Moldova who works as Program Director on Energy Security at the Independent Economic Think-tank “Expert-Group”, based in Chisinau. As long as the European conditionality is unable to generate a transformation in the political elites, the real advancing of democracy and the European ...

La Croix : En Ukraine, des tentations révisionnistes

Article publié dans La Croix le 06/02/2018 La question historique prend un tour très politique en Ukraine après l’interdiction par les autorités locales d’une traduction de « Stalingrad », célèbre ouvrage de l’historien britannique Antony Beevor. Il n’aura fallu qu’une phrase pour déclencher la colère des autorités ukrainiennes contre Antony Beevor, historien britannique mondialement connu pour ses ...

BMB: The Battle of Murmansk – A tale of corporate conflict in Russia’s Arctic

Article published on the Bear Market Brief website on December 11th A padlock stuck on a railroad switch was enough to block Murmansk’s oil terminal for about seven hours, one of the latest episodes of a bizarre corporate conflict in one of the world’s northernmost cities. Accounts by local media of the incident paint a ...

Russians Are Unimpressed With the 2018 Presidential Election Logo (and Have Ideas for Improvement)

Article published on the RuNet Echo website on December 4th Vladimir Putin may not have announced yet whether he’ll run in the 2018 presidential election (few doubt he will run and win by a landslide), but that hasn’t prevented his administration from gearing up for the event. On November 29, the Electoral Commission (CEC) announced ...