Turkey has world’s fastest rising number of COVID-19 cases. Turkmenistan sticks to its “infection-free” story

bne IntelIiNews April 7, 2020

Erdogan won’t bow to call for Turkish lockdown. Berdimuhamedov ‘s cult of personality is founded on “health and happiness”. The pandemic is taboo.

EBRD reveals CEE/Eurasia economies’ vulnerability to external shocks amid coronavirus crisis

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2020

Development bank looks at the resilience of states in the region to falling commodity prices, value chain disruption, declines in tourism and domestic disruption.

See no virus evil, hear no virus evil, speak no virus evil in Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2020

Plainclothes agents in capital of authoritarian state reportedly nabbing people uttering the word “coronavirus”.

Turkmenistan: Unjust deserts

Akhal-Teke. Eurasianet March 25, 2020

Officials do not explain why they are imposing such stringent internal restrictions if Turkmenistan is, as they insist, genuinely coronavirus-free.

Fitch cuts oil price outlook for 2020 from 62.5/bbl to $41/bbl on global recession fears

Ben Aris in Berlin March 24, 2020

Fitch Ratings has cut its short and medium-term oil and natural gas price assumptions in expectation of very large market oversupply in 2020.

Kazakhstan declares first COVID-19 infections while Turkmenistan cuts FX access in face of pandemic

bne IntelIiNews March 13, 2020

Coronavirus inroads in Central Asia starting to become clear. But so far it’s economic fallout from outbreak’s impact on China that is most apparent.