CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?

bne IntelIiNews January 19, 2021

Unlike his predecessor, the new US president will at least take an interest in issues such as Georgia's deep divisions, organised crime in the Kyrgyz government and Nagorno-Karabakh. But his in-tray is rather full with other pressing matters.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

Fears of authoritarianism as Kyrgyz populist wins landslide and backing for ‘Khanstitution’

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty January 11, 2021

Sadyr Japarov benefited “from disproportionate financial means and misuse of administrative resources, resulting in an uneven playing field” say OSCE election observers.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2021

Weekend brings crucial presidential election. Observers fear autocratic presidency under sway of organised crime and “Khanstitution” could result.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.

Kyrgyz lawmakers back controversial economic amnesty for individuals with illegally obtained financial assets

bne IntelIiNews January 4, 2021

Move on eve of presidential election will heighten fears that organised crime is a growing threat to democracy in Kyrgyzstan.