Turkmenistan

End of an era of USSR dictators (or not?)

Nizom Khodjayev in Astana March 22, 2019

Kazakhstan’s ruler of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev has gone. Only he’s not gone. And ordinary Kazakhs who’ve lived through three “Soviet-groomed” decades don’t hold out much hope a handpicked successor will change much about their lives.

Suicide of Coca Cola Turkmenistan boss may further demoralise investors

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 26, 2019

Company facing difficulties amid remote nation’s economic woes. Executive reportedly threw himself from window of top Ashgabat hotel.

Turkmenistan halves oil exports amid Vitol and SOCAR clash

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2019

Turkmenistan has halved its oil exports in recent weeks due to a lack of tankers caused by a clash between Swiss trading house Vitol and Azerbaijan’s SOCAR, Reuters reported last week, citing anonymous traders.

Progress in US-Taliban peace talks potentially good news for Central Asia

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 29, 2019

Uzbek, Turkmen efforts have helped bring the militants to the table. Rewards from pipeline, power transmission projects possibly up for grabs.

Highway to sell: Turkmen building big road to attract regional trade haulage

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 28, 2019

Providing Uzbeks with link to Caspian Sea seen as main prize in $2.3bn project.

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