Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan warn citizens not to sign up to fight for Russia in Ukraine

bne IntelIiNews September 22, 2022

Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Media risk underplaying significance of Tajikistan’s attack on Kyrgyzstan says academic

bne IntelIiNews September 20, 2022

Term “border clash” not sufficient for “some of the most violent and consequential” days in the independent history of Central Asia.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.

PANNIER: As Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan descend into another border war, there’s no-one to stop the fighting

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 17, 2022

Though Russia has offered to mediate, a feeling prevails among some parties that the Kremlin is supportive of Tajik strongman Rahmon.

Tens of thousands displaced as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan conflict rages on

Eurasianet: Ayzirek Imanayileva&P. Leonard, Kamila Ibragimova September 16, 2022

Around 120,000 people evacuated from homes in area of Kyrgyzstan where fierce fighting is ongoing. Heavy exchanges of gunfire and shelling.

Kyrgyzstan: Kumtor, cloak and dagger

Eurasianet September 14, 2022

Since Kyrgyzstan seized the gold mine last year, it has been the source of constant scandal.

PANNIER: At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, watch the action on the sidelines

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 13, 2022

Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.

Surveying Kazakh and Kyrgyz attitudes on Russia’s war

Eurasianet September 8, 2022

A new opinion poll offers a rare glimpse at how the war is perceived in Central Asia.

China expands vocational training centres to Central Asia

Jiahui Huang for Eurasianet September 5, 2022

The Luban Workshops will spread technical skills, familiarity with Chinese equipment, and suspicion.

Ukraine claims Kremlin exploiting Central Asian migrant surge to boost army numbers

bne IntelIiNews August 19, 2022

Military recruitment said to be focused on workers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan tempted back to Russia by strong ruble.

Population decline to take Emerging Europe back to the early 20th century

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 12, 2022

Population decline across almost all of Emerging Europe will result in the populations of many countries dropping to levels not seen since the early 20th century.

Academic sheds light on Rahmon regime’s attempts to crush the Pamiris

bne IntelIiNews August 6, 2022

Sniper used to kill Colonel Boqir, local leader long at top of hitlist. After brutal crackdown, GBAO region’s inhabitants fear they will be living under a securitised surveillance state.

Kyrgyzstan’s mining sector wilts as authorities seek total control

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet August 4, 2022

After seizing the country’s most profitable mine, Kyrgyzstan is using new regulations to drive out more private mining companies and place the bulk of the industry into the hands of a single state firm.

Kyrgyzstan: Where have all the dollars gone?

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet July 29, 2022

The cause of the problem may lie in Russians hoovering up all the available greenbacks.

COMMENT: As geopolitical tectonic plates shift, Central Asia's getting nowhere fast on unity

Fuad Shahbazov July 26, 2022

Tricky relations with Moscow and Beijing, a destabilised Afghanistan below the region’s soft underbelly and intra-regional rivalries turned a summit into a curate’s egg.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan said no to a Central Asian ‘Visegrad Group’

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan July 25, 2022

Some analysts contend Moscow was not in favour of Kazakhstan’s proposal, but the opposite might actually have been the case.

Central Asia leaders' meeting fizzles as Tajiks, Turkmens refuse to sign treaty

Eurasianet July 22, 2022

The gathering had been intended to create regional solidarity in the face of overbearing pressure from China, Russia.

Kyrgyzstan heatwave spells power problems for Central Asia

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet July 21, 2022

Country’s main hydropower reservoir is being depleted rather than filled for the winter ahead.