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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’— Part III/III

February 26, 2022

To conclude the series, a look at the Tokayev administration’s loyalty to the Kremlin and consideration of whether the country’s civil unrest could re-ignite.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’ — Part II/III

February 13, 2022

Sources theorise that some Nazarbayev clan members may have pushed ahead with coup effort without seeking involvement or approval of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’ — Part I/III

February 6, 2022

How was it that largely peaceful protests across the country descended into mob violence? The details don’t yet add up.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolians tentatively hope the worst of COVID-19 is behind them

November 19, 2021

Mongolia, which once hoped it might avoid a major coronavirus outbreak altogether, has endured prolonged phases of the pandemic. But the data show light at the end of the tunnel.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Uzbeks wonder why they’re suffering neverending gasoline price hikes

October 7, 2021

Rather than pay steep prices, many motorists in Uzbekistan hook up dangerous gas cylinders to their vehicles to access cheaper fuel. The “liberalised market” is not working for them.