Eurasia / News

US, UK and Israel accuse Iran of Gulf attack on tanker that killed Briton, Romanian

bne IntelIiNews August 1, 2021

Analysts widely suspect Iran and Israel are involved in an undeclared shadow war in which they carry out attacks on each other's vessels. This war appears to be escalating

Pashinyan proposes Russian border posts along entire Armenia-Azerbaijan frontier

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 30, 2021

Clashes in the wake of last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war have become more frequent in recent months.

‘Ignorant or careless ministers spreading rice cultivation across Iran despite water crisis’

bne IntelIiNews July 29, 2021

After drought protests rock country, columnist takes officials to task for backing water-intensive rice farming in arid and semi-arid nation.

Georgia’s ruling party abandons EU brokered deal that ended country’s political crisis

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 28, 2021

Georgian Dream claims going into local elections with main opposition yet to sign the agreement would "would be harmful for Georgia’s interests".

Georgia may be most homophobic country in Europe data suggests

bne IntelIiNews July 28, 2021

Orthodox Christian priests participated in riot that caused cancellation of Tbilisi Pride, but research suggests homophobia is prevalent throughout Georgian society. Turkey ranked second most homophobic.

Tajik president’s 'nephews severely beat health minister after mother's COVID-19 death'

bne IntelIiNews July 27, 2021

Unconfirmed reporting says that many of Emomali Rahmon’s relatives have been hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in recent weeks.

Kazakhstan bans agro exports amid drought

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The measure may help herders suffering a massive die-off, but will disrupt supply chains that local farmers have been building for years.

Iran protests spread to Tehran and Tabriz

bne IntelIiNews July 26, 2021

Drought demonstrations in Khuzestan enter 12th day. Officials in the capital say protest there is a local matter over blackouts hitting commerce, but Iran analysts are watching closely.

US court rules Kyrgyzstan in contempt for pushing ahead with local legal action against Kumtor Gold

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2021

State’s seizure of control of gold mine from subsidiary of NYSE-listed Centerra Gold has shocked foreign investors.

American personnel in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan reported as among ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Following cluster of Vienna incidents, US has stepped up investigation into possible attacks made with directed pulsed microwave energy.

Reports indicate Iran’s drought protests threaten to escalate to Tehran

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Police officer shot dead in Khuzestan. Military starts shipping water tankers to the province as unrest continues for sixth night.

Georgia’s banks boast biggest profits ever in June

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest July 21, 2021

Also, in January-June, aggregated profits exceeded one billion lari, or more than $300mn.

Russia shows tentative willingness to let US use Central Asia bases

Eurasianet July 19, 2021

Moscow wants to heavily constrain Washington's scope for action, however.

Azerbaijani journalist targeted with Pegasus spyware ‘ready to take fight to European courts’

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Phone number of Sevinj Vaqifqizi one of 50,000 worldwide discovered on leaked database that appears to implicate a dozen governments.

Iran’s “vaccine tourists” sleeping on streets of Yerevan after tightening of rules

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Taxi drivers charging Iranians seeking jabs $120 for round trip from Tehran to Armenian border.

Water stress protests break out in Iran’s southwest

bne IntelIiNews July 16, 2021

Anger over effects of severe drought add to difficulties and tensions seen over lack of water in Central Asia and Turkey.

US sweetens Iran’s path to restoring nuclear deal by unfreezing bank funds in Japan, Korea

bne IntelIiNews July 14, 2021

Separately, president Rouhani criticises Iranian regime’s top officials for foiling his attempt to secure revived accord in final months of his administration.

Georgian cameraman dies after attack by far-right, anti-LGBT mob

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 13, 2021

A cameraman in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi died on July 11 after being severely beaten by right-wing mobs protesting the planned Tbilisi Pride march a week before.

Artel becomes first private Uzbek manufacturing company to obtain credit rating

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent July 12, 2021

Artel Electronics, a home appliance and electronics manufacturer and one of Uzbekistan’s largest companies, has received a first-time Fitch rating of ‘B’ with a stable outlook - the first privately owned company to receive a rating.

Kazakhstan’s golden man gets the Oliver Stone treatment

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet July 9, 2021

From the man who brought you Platoon, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July comes a blockbuster, new eight-part documentary series about… the former president of Kazakhstan.