Kyrgyzstan: Eccentric health minister fights for his job amid claims of corruption and bullying

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet May 20, 2022

That Beishenaliyev has held onto his job this long has much to do with his old friendship with the president.

Lukashenko hits out at lack of unity shown by member nations of Russia-led military bloc

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Perspectives | Does a Russian bank merit a sanctions waiver for Central Asia?

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet May 5, 2022

Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan alarmed by Tajikistan’s reported purchase of Bayraktar drones

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet April 28, 2022

Kyrgyzstan had hoped its own acquisition of the same drones last year would give it a strategic edge over Tajikistan.

LONG READ: Afghanistan key to uncorking Russia's access to South Asia

bne IntelIiNews April 4, 2022

To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.

Moscow warns Islamist militant infiltration of Central Asia could 'export instability to Russia'

bne IntelIiNews March 31, 2022

Foreign Minister Lavrov says plans of Islamic State and build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders “are an alarming sign”.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

Perspectives | Islamic State in Afghanistan seeks to recruit Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kyrgyz

Lucas Webber & Riccardo Valle March 22, 2022

ISKP is reaching out to minorities in Afghanistan and their ethnic cousins in post-Soviet Central Asia.

Central Asia frets as Russia suspends grain, sugar exports

Eurasianet March 14, 2022

The Russian government has announced that it intends to extend its ban on the export of grain and sugar to fellow members of a trading bloc until the end of August in a move that has sparked fear of food shortages around the region.

Explainer | What about the EEU? Why Russia’s trade bloc is not a sanctions backdoor

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet March 8, 2022

The idea that the Eurasian Economic Union can help Moscow violate sanctions is exaggerated.

Taliban, terrorist groups ‘set to destabilise Central Asia within six weeks’

bne IntelIiNews March 7, 2022

US think tank says Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in particular risk infiltration by ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Kazakhstan mulls suspension of dollar trading as tenge drops sharply amid Russia sanctions

Kanat Shaku in Almaty March 1, 2022

Currencies of remittance-dependent Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also under heavy pressure.

Russia attempts to contrive appearance of support from Central Asian allies

Eurasianet February 28, 2022

Uzbekistan issued a clarification to underline its neutral position over the war in Ukraine.

Iran refers to ‘Nato’s provocations’, Central Asia nations tread carefully in response to Russia’s Ukraine invasion

bne IntelIiNews February 24, 2022

Tehran does, however, say the war is not a solution, while Kazakhstan’s foreign minister remarks that recognising breakaway parts of Ukraine is not on the agenda.