Belarus introduces five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (MAP)

Although an important symbolic gesture, its practical significance is rather limited for a number of reasons.
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Russia’s share in Ukraine’s foreign trade fell four times since 2011

Unprecedented decline of Russia's share in Ukraine's foreign trade from 32.4% in 2011 down to 8% in 2016
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TOP 10 Russian regions with largest reduction in industrial production

For the last three years industrial output in some Russian regions plunged as much as 40%
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Post-Soviet leaders: Years in power and Age

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov died after a stroke in the age of 78. See the age and years in power of other post-Soviet leaders.
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Schengen visas in the Eastern European states

The numbers of Schengen visas in the Eastern European states dropped sharply last year as a result of economic crisis in the region.
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EU’s asylum seekers from Eastern European countries

There has been a steep increase in asylum applications from Ukrainians in the EU, which reached the numbers of Russian asylum seekers in 2015.
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Top 20 Russian monotowns

The combined population of Russian monotowns reaches 14 million. Economic situation in many of Russia’s monotowns is rapidly deteriorating.
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EU Visa Code reform: Necessary but not easy

Around half of all Schengen visas issued globally are issued in just three Eastern European states, i.e. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In 2015 around 15 million of legitimate travelers had to undergo lengthy, costly and cumbersome Schengen visa procedures. Given that millions of touris
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Belarus – EU: Long bumpy road towards visa facilitation

After a decade-long story of failed attempts to start and proceed with the visa facilitation negotiations between the EU and Belarus, the long-awaited agreement was never closer to becoming a reality than on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga. However, it was put on hol
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