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.
Bond markets in Eastern Europe were as dead as the proverbial Dodo in May, continuing the slowdown already seen after the US imposed new sanctions on Russia in April.
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.
Deal in principle for Tojiksodirotbank stake may be part of an attempt to drive a wedge between Dushanbe and Tehran by the Iranians’ arch-rival.
RSF Index 2018 takes aim at populist leaders from Donald Trump to Czech President Milos Zeman, warning that hostility towards the media is no longer limited to authoritarian regimes.