Eurasia / Features

Academic sheds light on Rahmon regime’s attempts to crush the Pamiris

bne IntelIiNews August 6, 2022

Sniper used to kill Colonel Boqir, local leader long at top of hitlist. After brutal crackdown, GBAO region’s inhabitants fear they will be living under a securitised surveillance state.

Kyrgyzstan’s mining sector wilts as authorities seek total control

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet August 4, 2022

After seizing the country’s most profitable mine, Kyrgyzstan is using new regulations to drive out more private mining companies and place the bulk of the industry into the hands of a single state firm.

INTERVIEW: Usmanov’s sister Saodat Narzieva battles sanctions imposed on her by the EU

Ben Aris in Berlin July 29, 2022

Saodat Narzieva, the sister of Uzbek-born oligarch Alisher Usmanov, was placed on the EU sanctions list on April 8. An investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) linked her to a number of his bank accounts.

Kazakhstan adds tennis to investment profile as championships come to Nur-Sultan

bne intellinews July 26, 2022

Kazakhstan expects an influx of tourism and investment this year after it was revealed that Nur-Sultan will host two prestigious tennis championships. bne IntelliNews takes an in-depth look at the sectors and trends driving the Republic's economy.

Tajikistan: The cost of Chinese debt

Eurasianet July 25, 2022

What is Tajikistan prepared to give China as it struggles to settle its liabilities?

Pentagon issues rare warning to Iran on sending drones to Russia but experts question battlefield value of systems at hand

Will Conroy in Prague July 21, 2022

Britain’s spy chief, meanwhile, assessing the likely fate of the JCPOA nuclear pact, says “I don't think the Supreme Leader of Iran wants to cut a deal”.

Kremlin reminds Nur-Sultan who’s boss over Kazakh oil exports

Fuad Shahbazov July 20, 2022

And there’s not much the Kazakhs can do about it.

DATACRUNCH: Stagflation visualisation

Ben Aris in Berlin July 18, 2022

Stagflation is here. The world is facing a global recession that could go on for several years as central banks everywhere will be forced to put through growth-crushing large rate hikes to control runaway inflation. But just how bad is it now?

Kazakhstan joins club of countries banning Lightyear over same-sex kiss

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet July 14, 2022

The culture minister says he is responding to calls from the public.

Central Asia’s deadly protests have much in common

Bruce Pannier for Eurasianet July 12, 2022

Government explanations are hard to believe, and do not hide the poverty and abuse fuelling unrest.

Islamic State threatens Central Asian and Chinese ventures in Afghanistan

Lucas Webber for Eurasianet July 10, 2022

The terror group behind growing carnage in the wretched country says anyone working with the Taliban is a target.

Uzbekistan creating gas processing industry to feed soaring domestic demand

Clare Nuttall in Qarshi and Tashkent July 10, 2022

Rather than exporting natural gas as a raw material, Uzbekistan is investing into deep processing capacity to enable domestic production of fuels, plastics and other products.

Russia sanctions complicate Uzbek energy sector overhaul

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 10, 2022

Western sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine are holding up investments in energy projects in double-landlocked Uzbekistan.

Kyrgyzstan fears losing economic crown jewels if it delays China debt repayments

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty July 8, 2022

The large debt Kyrgyzstan has accumulated to neighbouring China has raised fears the country may have to hand over lucrative assets if it fails to meet its repayment obligations.

Karakalpakstan: Dazed, confused and angry after deadly turmoil

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet July 8, 2022

Furious locals and police largely agree on what happened during Uzbekistan’s worst bout of unrest in almost 20 years. But there is strong dispute on one crucial point: Who started the violence?

Mongolia celebrates the return of Naadam

Antonio Graceffo July 7, 2022

The ancient festival initiated by Ghengis Khan in 1206 and commemorating the “three sports of men” — archery, horseracing and Bökh wrestling — is back after two years of pandemic disruption.

US and Chinese slowdown will tip the world into recession, says IIF

bne IntelliNews July 2, 2022

The worsening economic data coming out of the US and yet another coronavirus lockdown in China will tip the world into a global recession, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a note on July 1.

The economics of herding in Mongolia

Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar June 29, 2022

More and more young people may be leaving the physically demanding herding life behind to seek their fortunes in the cities, but it remains big business.

Death of China-to-Russia cargo transit routes means it’s all aboard for Kazakhstan

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty June 25, 2022

Vladimir Putin wants to reorientate Russian trade east and south. To some extent, such a strategy will be complicated by an avoid-Russia-at-all-costs mentality drawing commerce to a ‘Middle Corridor’.

Armenia diaspora faces waning influence on Turkey, Azerbaijan negotiations

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet June 24, 2022

Recent moves toward restoring relations with Armenia’s traditional enemies have run into strong resistance from the global diaspora. But will it make a difference?