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.
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.
Move will fuel suspicions among opponents of President Jeenbekov that he is intent on consolidating his power by purging allies of his predecessor.
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.
Sapar Isakov spends uncomfortable day at the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security headquarters as president asserts his authority over predecessor’s proxies.