Eurasia / News

Protesters march in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan to defend right to secession

bne IntelliNews July 2, 2022

Rare show of public dissent prompted by Uzbekistan’s ongoing constitutional reforms.

Uzbekistan hit twice in a week by Ukraine war sanctions

bne IntelIiNews June 30, 2022

Tashkent loses bank deal and suffers blow as company accused by US of supplying microchips to Russian military-industrial complex.

A maze of smuggler tunnels: the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet June 28, 2022

The four smuggling tunnels found so far may only be a small part of the total.

Tug of war emerging over what role Iran (and its oil) should play in new world order

bne IntelIiNews June 27, 2022

France calls for efforts to get Iranian oil back on the market as Tehran re-enters nuclear deal talks, Tehran says it has applied to join BRICS and Israel secretly discusses defence coordination against Iran with Saudi Arabia.

Tajikistan: Citizen journalists targeted by relentless repression machine

Eurasianet June 22, 2022

Conventional media outlets have all been obliterated by the government.

Face to face with Putin, Kazakhstan’s president refuses to recognise Ukraine breakaway republics

Peter Baunov in Nur-Sultan June 20, 2022

Hours later, Moscow announces difficulties with Kazakh oil shipments. Some analysts, however, argue the Kremlin benefits from Nur-Sultan’s moves to avoid sanctions.

Tokayev tells Russian TV Kazakhstan won’t break Western sanctions

Peter Baunov in Almaty June 16, 2022

Also says some people in Russia “misrepresent whole situation” by claiming that during January unrest Moscow “saved” Kazakhstan with troop dispatch and now country must for ever “bow at feet” of Kremlin.

Macron wants ‘accelerated co-operation’ for Moldova as details of EU ‘political community’ proposal leak

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.

After 675 years researchers conclude Kyrgyzstan was the home of the Black Death

bne IntelIiNews June 16, 2022

Academic detective work led scientists to a pair of 14th-century cemeteries that held an unusually high number of tombstones dated to 1338 and 1339. DNA sequencing did the rest.

Georgia to take management control of struggling mineral water company Borjomi

Cavid Aga in Baku June 15, 2022

Sanctioned Alfa Group transfers 7.7% stake and control of famous drinks company to Georgian state.

Uzbekistan, Russia's Rosatom discuss 'cost optimisation' for nuclear plant

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent June 13, 2022

Tashkent indicates it has concerns that the project may not be economically feasible.

'Sugar rush' in Uzbekistan as prices skyrocket

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent June 13, 2022

Officials say logistics difficulties have hit Brazilian sugar cane deliveries. Queues causing tensions as sugar resellers attempt to capitalise.

Artel becomes largest private company to place bond on Tashkent Stock Exchange

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent June 13, 2022

Artel Electronics, Central Asia’s leading electronics and home appliances manufacturer, achieves corporate bond milestone in Uzbekistan.

Georgian government braces for blocking of EU candidacy

Cavid Aga in Baku June 13, 2022

Media reports at the weekend said that Georgia would not be given candidate status to start negotiations on EU accession at the June 23-24 EU summit.

Nuclear deal dealt possible death blow as Iran yanks UN cameras

Will Conroy in Prague June 9, 2022

Responding to move, IAEA nuclear inspectorate chief says there’s now only a three to four-week window to find a way to reinstate the agreement aimed at ensuring Tehran doesn’t pursue building an atomic bomb.

China hectors Central Asia to steer clear of big power politics

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet June 9, 2022

Foreign Minister Wang Yi used a visit to Central Asia to talk about the United States. But his counterparts wanted to talk business.

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors use 2010 ethnic unrest as cudgel against government opponents

Nurbek Bekmurzaev for Eurasianet June 8, 2022

Activists are bewildered by how the government has chosen to revisit the events of 2010 in this way.

Iran points finger at Saudi Arabia, Turkey amid sandstorm crisis

bne IntelIiNews June 7, 2022

More than a dozen ‘SDS’ occurrences have shut down big cities across the Gulf region in recent weeks.

Kazakhs vote to confirm removal of Nazarbayev’s grip on power

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan June 7, 2022

President Tokayev promotes referendum result as ending “super-presidential” rule. Some activists say it does nothing of the kind.

Kyrgyzstan: Pit wall cracks raise questions over future of giant Kumtor gold mine

Aigerim Turgunbaeva June 3, 2022

The president has preventively denied any future responsibility for accidents that might happen at the mine.