Eurasia / News

Iran-backed Houthis claim drone strike on UAE same day Tehran diplomats return to Saudi Arabia

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2022

Three dead in attack near Abu Dhabi airport. Escalation of Yemen conflict could derail efforts to defuse Middle East tensions.

Kazakh officials decline to confirm or deny death of Nursultan Nazarbayev

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 17, 2022

Not a word has been heard from ex-president since country was plunged into turmoil by unrest.

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan make deals with Taliban, but watch border warily

Eurasianet January 15, 2022

A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.

Website of Iranian leader showcases animation of robot calling in drone strike to assassinate Trump

bne IntelIiNews January 14, 2022

Revenge video submitted in contest to mark two-year anniversary of US killing of Iran’s then second most powerful official and most influential general, Qasem Soleimani.

Azerbaijan president uses rare interview to threaten Armenia

Javid Agha in Baku January 13, 2022

The interview is thought to be Ilham Aliyev's first major appearance before local media since he succeeded his father in 2003.

Kazakh and Belarusian CSTO peacekeepers spotted wearing blue UN peacekeeping helmets

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 12, 2022

Kazakh state media caused a stir after it published photographs of state security forces wearing blue UN helmets at a checkpoint in Almaty on January 9.

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev slates ‘Nazarbayev’ oligarchs in populist attempt to turn page on country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 12, 2022

Announcing new ‘For the People’ fund, autocrat slams Kazakhstan’s financial system as dominated by large business groups "based on the principle 'everything for friends, and laws for everyone else'".

Man portrayed as ‘foreign terrorist’ by Kazakh officials turns out to be visiting Kyrgyz musician

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Case adds to pressure on Central Asian country to prove unrest was very much work of groups abroad.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

Kazakhstan: Masimov’s downfall, from the corridors of power to a jail cell

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet January 9, 2022

Masimov has been arrested and charged with treason only days after being fired.

Kazakhstan’s former security services chief detained as rumours of palace infighting grow amid country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

‘Grey cardinal’ Karim Masimov faces claims of high treason. Press secretary of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev, meanwhile, denies speculation the former leader has fled the country.

Fugitive banker Ablyazov lays claim to filling opposition vacuum in Kazakhstan as president says forces will shoot-to-kill

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

Tokayev seeks to delegitimise protests as “terrorist” but has provided no evidence to back claim that unrest results from foreign plot.

Kazakhstan upheaval impacts country’s banks, bonds, equities and uranium and oil industries

bne IntelIiNews January 6, 2022

Banks and stock market remain closed. Sovereign bond yields are hit. Uranium prices surge.

Fake news? Conflicting reports of shooting in Almaty as Russian and Kazakh governments appear to manipulate reporting for own agendas

bne correspondent in Almaty. January 6, 2022

Soldiers have started a military operation to clear the streets of Kazakhstan’s commercial capital and largest city, threatening to shoot on sight anyone that ventures abroad. But are the reports real?

CSTO comes out of the shadows for the first time

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.

#Kazakhstan President Tokayev calls on CSTO to send peacekeepers as protests spin out of control

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Moscow-led security alliance of five ex-Soviet states has agreed to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan where the protests have got beyond the control of the authorities.

President appeals to Moscow and threatens ruthless crackdown on Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Day sees protesters seize Almaty airport. Tokayev strips predecessor Nazarbayev of state security post and speaks to Russian and Belarusian counterparts to discuss response to turmoil. Moscow-led CSTO to send peacekeepers.

Kazakhstan gripped by protests as anger over fuel price hike sparks anti-government sentiment

bne IntelIiNews January 4, 2022

In largest city Almaty thousands clash with riot police. President says officials will meet to discuss protesters’ “socio-economic demands”.

Grim plights in Belarus and Turkey underlined as Committee to Protect Journalists reports “especially bleak year” worldwide

bne IntelIiNews December 10, 2021

Prison census finds number of journalists jailed around the world in 2021 hit a new record.