Kyrgyzstan detains another ex-PM on corruption charges

Kanat Shaku in Almaty June 19, 2018

Observers see move as another development in President Jeenbekov’s struggle to purge the influence of his predecessor Atambayev.

Kazakhstan among nations cheering SCO’s ‘victory’ over the G7

Kanat Shaku in Almaty June 12, 2018

Astana has $13bn of deals to celebrate but summit again showed Russia and China’s struggle for influence in the ‘Stans’ is far from settled.

Eurasians come in from the (financial) cold

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 1, 2018

New data shows soaring numbers of adults with a bank account in several Eurasian nations but the percentage of the population with an account in the wider region varied hugely from 98% in Estonia and Slovenia to just 29% in Azerbaijan.

Former Kyrgyz PM hit with power station corruption charges

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2018

Move will fuel suspicions among opponents of President Jeenbekov that he is intent on consolidating his power by purging allies of his predecessor.

BOOK REVIEW: Inside Central Asia’s largest trading hub

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 23, 2018

Wracked by revolutions and crippled by poverty, Kyrgyzstan nonetheless created the conditions for Bishkek’s Dordoi bazaar to become a giant trading hub for the Eurasian region.