CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

Turkmenistan: Car and beauty bans further erode women’s rights

Serdar Aitakov for IWPR May 18, 2022

Fresh prohibitions have crushed hopes that newly appointed 40-year-old president Serdar Berdimuhamedov would pursue a more enlightened path.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Perspectives | Does a Russian bank merit a sanctions waiver for Central Asia?

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet May 5, 2022

Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.

Turkmenistan: Serdar ascending

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin April 13, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov has made his first consequential moves as Turkmenistan's president, offering hints of how he intends to rule.

LONG READ: Afghanistan key to uncorking Russia's access to South Asia

bne IntelIiNews April 4, 2022

To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.

Don’t forget Afghanistan, pleads Uzbekistan, as Ukraine war rages

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 3, 2022

Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.

Moscow warns Islamist militant infiltration of Central Asia could 'export instability to Russia'

bne IntelIiNews March 31, 2022

Foreign Minister Lavrov says plans of Islamic State and build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders “are an alarming sign”.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan: Berdimuhamedov passes the mantle (and phone)

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet bulletin March 23, 2022

The future shape of Sino-Turkmen cooperation is going to be one of Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s biggest challenges. This and more in Eurasianet's weekly briefing.

Perspectives | Russian invasion dealing China a Silk Road economic setback

Nathan Hutson for Eurasianet March 21, 2022

But Kazakhstan has more to lose.

Turkmen president’s son to succeed him after election win

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Serdar Berdimukhamedov’s victory marks the first successful dynastic transfer of power in post-communist Central Asia.

Turkmenistan claims 97% voter turnout at March 12 snap presidential election

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2022

Elections in Turkmenistan complete the transfer of power from President Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov to his 40-year old son Serdar.

Turkmenistan prepares for handing of power to Berdimuhamedov’s son

bne IntelIiNews March 11, 2022

Weekend election a formality that will be neither free nor fair.

Russia attempts to contrive appearance of support from Central Asian allies

Eurasianet February 28, 2022

Uzbekistan issued a clarification to underline its neutral position over the war in Ukraine.