Uzbekistan’s new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has announced plans to scrap foreign exchange restrictions that have stifled trade and investment since the 1990s.
Uzbek Prosecutor General's Office says Gulnara Karimova is in custody after being sentenced to five years of “restricted freedom” for embezzlement, extortion and tax evasion.
Dictators without Borders combats the myth of Central Asia as a deeply traditional region isolated from international financial and legal systems.
Foreign media and watchdogs are being allowed back into the country, and some broken dissidents have been released, but there is little real change on the ground.
The Western grip on Central Asian oil and gas flows is weakening, and half of the volumes could go east by 2020, according to the IEA.