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.
Indicted individuals allegedly paid kickbacks to officials in countries including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, contracts on a pipeline-to-China investment among those tainted by scandal.
Remote nation triumphs in country's unprecedented indoor and martial arts spectacle, but observers can't help but wonder at the cost of it all and the injustice suffered by residents evicted because they were in the way.
Turkmens flaunt expensive new infrastructure such as a $2.5bn falcon-shaped airport but campaigners release stories of inhabitants forced out of homes to make way for spectacle.
Dictators without Borders combats the myth of Central Asia as a deeply traditional region isolated from international financial and legal systems.