Eurasia / Features

INVESTOR WARNING: Kyrgyzstan contains frequent scenes of unsettling violence

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2019

Central Asia’s great democratic hope remains a land of uncertainty for foreign businesses thinking of setting up there.

ATAMBAYEV SURRENDERS: Kyrgyz special forces follow up on botched first raid on ex-president’s compound

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2019

Charge over “illegal early release” of one of Kyrgyzstan’s most notorious crime bosses follows within hours. Rally of supporters broken up with tear gas and stun grenades.

CARNAGE IN KYRGYZSTAN: Special forces raid fails to grab ex-president Atambayev from his compound

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2019

One serviceman left dead and six taken hostage and later released by supporters of country’s ex-leader after bloody resistance.

IRAN SHOWDOWN: Tehran mocks “childish” US as Washington slaps sanctions on Iranian foreign minister

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2019

New report, meanwhile, suggests Islamic Republic may be successfully using cloaked oil exports to get around Trump administration’s main weapon in its attempt at throttling nation’s economy.

Georgia in vino vertitas

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2019

​The Georgians like to describe themselves as the “cradle of wine” with a rich, 8,000-year history of wine-making. Wine was produced and drunk in Tbilisi before the Roman Empire was founded and today it remains home to over 500 unique grape varieties

STRUGGLE IN THE STRAIT: Iran, UAE reopen talks after six years as business hub feels the heat

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Emirates are not showing the taste for strangling the Iranian economy that is seen from big allies Saudi Arabia and US. Nervousness over Gulf shipping unsettling for Arab monarchies.