Eurasia / Features

Mudslinging contest between Kazakh oligarchs returns to London

Nizom Khodjayev in Bishkek November 27, 2017

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.

Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 14, 2017

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.

Caucasus “golden triangle” cooperation steams ahead

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 1, 2017

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: more than a token effort

Cy Leclercq in Moscow October 25, 2017

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.

The blockchain of public record

Ben Aris in Berlin October 6, 2017

East European countries love blockchain, and could beat the west at developing practical applications if they keep up the current pace.