Holed up in his residence ex-Kyrgyz president Atambayev warns officials he’s armed

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 22, 2019

Embroiled in bitter row with successor and former ally Jeenbekov, he’s refused to obey third subpoena. Law now permits prosecutors to forcibly detain him.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Pursuit of ex-president Atambayev has wide-reaching consequences for Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2019

Prosecution of the first Kyrgyz president to leave office peacefully will show that no one is above the law — but it could also discourage his successors from handing over power.

Net closing on ex-Kyrgyz president Atambayev

bne IntelliNews June 18, 2019

Parliamentary commission indicts him on nine counts of corruption. Law signed by ally-turned-enemy and successor Jeenbekov may see him stripped of immunity from prosecution.

All but three Moldova-based airlines banned from operating in the EU

Carmen Simion in Bucharest April 16, 2019

Carriers added EU safety blacklist as they fail to meet international safety standards, due to a lack of safety oversight by the Moldovan civil aviation authority.

End of an era of USSR dictators (or not?)

Nizom Khodjayev in Astana March 22, 2019

Kazakhstan’s ruler of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev has gone. Only he’s not gone. And ordinary Kazakhs who’ve lived through three “Soviet-groomed” decades don’t hold out much hope a handpicked successor will change much about their lives.