The Russian oligarchs Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov, who control the Summa holding were arrested on 31 March.
The Fidesz-KDNP electoral coalition which has governed Hungary since 2010 achieved a sweeping victory in the parliamentary election on 8 April.
According to official data, the death toll of the fire at the Winter Cherry shopping mall in Kemerovo was 64 (77 according to the list made by the victims’ families).
On 25th March in the centre of Minsk a concert was held in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic.
A presidential election was held in Russia on 18 March. As expected, it was won by Vladimir Putin, who garnered, according to official results, almost 77% of the votes.
The current system of government in Russia will not collapse, although signs of destabilisation may appear. The authorities will not carry out any reforms, political or economic. A process of ‘technocratisation’ will take place. The economy will remain dependent on external factors. Despite the implementation of energy infrastructure projects, exports of raw materials will not rise significantly.
On 14 March, Angela Merkel (CDU) was re-elected Germany’s chancellor at the Bundestag. 364 votes were cast for her with 315 against.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May issued an ultimatum that the Russian government explain how the Novichok combat nerve agent came to be against Sergey Skripal.
The awards by the Arbitral Tribunal have radically changed the model of Ukrainian-Russian gas relations.
On 2nd March the CEO of Gazprom CEO, Alexei Miller, announced that two gas agreements with the Ukrainian company Naftogaz would be terminated.