Raw feelings in Turkmenistan as Berdimuhamedov pays 3.51 to the dollar

Nizom Khodjayev in Tashkent May 22, 2020

‘Hermit nation’ has been crisis-stricken ever since the previous energy price collapse. Reduced demand for gas from COVID-19 impacted China, savage windstorms and pandemic impacts on food imports move it ever nearer the edge.

Russa’s coronavirus cases close to 300,000 but PM says growth in new cases has halted

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2020

Slowdown in new cases in Eastern Europe, while lockdowns already being lifted in Central and Southeast Europe.

OPINION: Post-COVID recessions bring risk of turbulent spring

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 11, 2020

Governments that failed to rise to the crisis — through denial, dismissing the dangers or simply incompetence, resulting in unnecessary deaths and economic hardship — should fear their day of reckoning.

Turkey has world’s fastest rising number of COVID-19 cases. Turkmenistan sticks to its “infection-free” story

bne IntelIiNews April 7, 2020

Erdogan won’t bow to call for Turkish lockdown. Berdimuhamedov ‘s cult of personality is founded on “health and happiness”. The pandemic is taboo.

EBRD reveals CEE/Eurasia economies’ vulnerability to external shocks amid coronavirus crisis

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2020

Development bank looks at the resilience of states in the region to falling commodity prices, value chain disruption, declines in tourism and domestic disruption.