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: Russians Are Receiving Some Uncanny Answers From Alisa, Tech Giant Yandex’s Siri Competitor

Article published on RuNetEcho on October 13th. On October 10, Russian tech giant Yandex rolled out Alisa, its first voice assistant for iOS and Android (a computer version is also available, but it’s in beta). Alisa was announced back in May 2017, but first gained widespread recognition when Russian President Vladimir Putin was shown the app in September during ...

Why Do Ukraine’s Ammunition Depots Keep Blowing Up?

On the evening of September 26, massive explosions shook the Kalynivka raion, a small region 200km south-west of Kiev. The explosion originated at the 48th Arsenal (military unit A1119), an ammunition depot located between the towns of Kalynivka, Pavlivka, Salnyk and Dorozhne. The 680 hectares site stored, according to Ukrainian outlet depot.ua, 138,000 tons of ...

BMB: “Putin believes his next mandate will be his last” – An interview with Tatiana Stanovaya

Interview published on the Bear Market Brief website on October 11th 2017. To say the very least, Russia has entered a period of interesting politics. Governors are being fired, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny remains a thorn in Putin’s side in the run up to the presidential election in March. What to make of all ...

RuNet Echo: On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

Article published on the RuNet Echo website on September 29 2017. With more than 90,000 subscribers, the Telegram channel “MDK” is not just one of the most popular one-stop shops for Russian-language memes on the messenger app. It’s also a profitable business. MDK’s administrator told RuNet Echo he charges 25,000 rubles ($420) for a single ...

BMB: Russia – In Search of the Unexpected – The September 10th elections in the regions

Article published on the Bear Market Brief on September 19, 2017. The electoral success of the United Democrats in Moscow on 10 September was the most widely commented upon after the more than 6,000 local and regional elections held across Russia that day (see this report by the Moscow Times). Surprises were harder to find in the ...

BMB: Russia – The September 10th gubernatorial elections – What’s the Deal?

Bear Market Brief / 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 ...

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LLB: Des séparatistes proclament l’Etat de “Petite Russie”

La Libre Belgique / L’annonce du chef de la “République populaire de Donetsk” trouble le dialogue avec les représentants ukrainiens, à Minsk. La nouvelle Ukraine s’appellera “Malorossiya”, soit “Petite Russie”, sa capitale sera à Donetsk et son drapeau sera le blason de Bohdan Khmelnytsky, un célèbre cosaque du XVIIe siècle. C’est en tout cas ce ...

L’Obs-Rue89 : Russie – Et si les Russes avaient eu Facebook en 1917 ?

L’Obs-Rue89 / « Pas de bougies en vente, ni dans les quincailleries, ni dans les magasins de bougies. Si, après de longues recherches, vous parvenez à mettre la main sur quelques bougies chez un marchand, on vous en demandera 2 roubles. » En novembre 1916, il fait un froid insoutenable à Petrograd, la capitale de l’empire russe. La ...

8e Etage: Lituanie – Le peuple qui ne s’aimait pas

8e Etage / «Il y avait beaucoup de monde à l’enterrement. Je me souviens que ma mère était inquiète. Elle avait peur qu’il n’y ait personne et que cela donne une mauvaise image de lui, mais l’église était remplie. Et personne ne comprenait vraiment pourquoi il avait fait ça. Tout le monde était atterré ». Le ...

bne: Estonia sells e-residency as Brexit dodge to UK companies

bne Intellinews / There might be a way for British entrepreneurs and digital companies to stay in the EU even if British Prime Minister Theresa May presses the Article 50 button in May to start the exit process. Estonia is inviting such companies to become virtual residents and keep their EU status, even if they never visit ...