Ex-Telia executives go on trial over bribes paid to Uzbekistan’s Karimova

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 5, 2018

Stockholm court to hear of how $350mn was allegedly paid to now disgraced daughter of late autocrat to secure gains such as 3G and 4G telecom licences.

Turkish, Russian devaluations are spilling over into Central Asia and the Caucuses

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2018

The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.

Can ‘Stans’ integration tempt the Taliban into breakthrough talks?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 30, 2018

To all-round surprise, the Islamic fundamentalists six months ago offered to protect Afghanistan's section of the planned TAPI gas pipeline. Observers now wonder if they might eventually shake their addiction to an opium-hooked economy.

Brutal terrorist attack in Tajikistan savage blow to fledgling tourism industry efforts

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2018

Officials who declared 2018 a Year of Tourism will be horror-struck by apparent IS ambush in nation’s celebrated “Roof of the World” region.

US to tolerate India’s Iran trade corridor but demands end to oil imports

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2018

Nikki Haley tries to arrange quid pro quo on visit to New Delhi but it is not clear PM Narendra Modi will budge on Iranian crude shipments.