73 journalists remained behind bars in Turkey, according to the CPJ's latest press freedom report, while Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia also got dishonourable mentions.
On joining consortium developing giant 25 Years of Independence field, Filatov forecasts more investors will enter Uzbekistan as the economy opens up.
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.
EBRD markedly hikes its forecasts for economic growth in Emerging Europe after assessing the arrival of expansion that is so strong that it is already running up against structural constraints.
New president’s drive for reform in Central Asia’s most populous country gets boost from climb of 13 places in ranking.