Eurasia / Features

Tajikistan: Coronavirus brings bonanza of aid, but zero accountability

Eurasianet July 30, 2020

$300mn has been given and another $70mn may be on the way.

After reopening, Armenian economy continues to struggle

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet July 30, 2020

“It was the pandemic that hit the economy hard, not the lockdown itself.”

Misery vs death

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 29, 2020

The painful choice faced by poorer emerging European countries as they are forced to balance the risk to life of a new coronavirus spike with the economic and human cost of a second lockdown.

Armenia gets vote of confidence from RAEX Europe ratings agency despite economic bludgeoning of COVID-19

bne IntelIiNews July 28, 2020

Most of small nation’s extra debt is related to donor support at concessional terms, says report, while fiscal and monetary policies are adequate. Continued high dependence on imports a drag on economic progress.

Risk analysis identifies Turkey, Iran and Russia among 37 nations likely to face mass ‘post-Covid’ protests

bne IntelIiNews July 22, 2020

“It’s a tinderbox” says analyst who determined projections of civil unrest and ability of countries to bounce back from pandemic.

Uzbekistan returns to its roots with cannabis cultivation

Eurasianet July 21, 2020

Hemp uses less water than cotton, a fact that should excite farmers in the rapidly desiccating region.

Corona vote gambles pay off for incumbents

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 17, 2020

Timing is everything as politicians seek to take advantage of poll boosts from steering their countries through the pandemic and launching stimulus packages, before populations really feel the impact of the crippling economic recessions.

Mongolia to go ahead with Naadam festival, but with no tourists

Milena Mendes in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia July 9, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has played hell with the international event calendar everywhere this year. But not in Mongolia, which has decided to go ahead with Naadam, Mongolia’s biggest festival.

Protests pose unprecedented threat to Turkmenistan’s authoritarian government

bne IntelIiNews July 6, 2020

Turkmenistan faces a new set of political and economic problems as protests become widespread and the government is unwilling to address the situation.