The stakes are high for both sides in the long and dirty battle between fugitive banker Mukhtar Ablyazov and his former cohorts within the Kazakh elite.
Post-nuclear sanctions Iran and post-Karimov Uzbekistan may have a strong mutual interest in building a substantial trade relationship. For Tehran, the move might open the way to repairing relations with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
As the first train embarks on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, the economic and geopolitical factors pushing Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to cooperate are as strong as ever.
Cryptocurrencies are set to take the world by storm and Eastern Europe is the surprise hub of this fledgling industry, while Vladimir Smerkis of The Token Fund has found himself firmly at its centre.
East European countries love blockchain, and could beat the west at developing practical applications if they keep up the current pace.