The research branch of international mobile operator association GSMA has released a report on the mobile economy in Russia and 11 neighbouring countries that found the digital economy and telecoms services are growing faster than the global average.
Only other candidate, Serik Konakbayev, a well-known Soviet-era boxer from Kazakhstan, may ask for a 'rematch' in bid to preserve sport's prestige.
First concrete unlikely to be poured before 2020 but UzAtom wants 15% of Uzbek energy generation to derive from nuclear by 2030. Plant likely to be first post-Soviet operational nuclear plant in Central Asia.
Stockholm court to hear of how $350mn was allegedly paid to now disgraced daughter of late autocrat to secure gains such as 3G and 4G telecom licences.
The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.