Eurasia / Features

Uzbekistan's stock market sees its first big "pump & dump" incident

Ben Aris in Berlin April 19, 2021

The share price of Uzbek insurance company Universal Sugurta rose 200,000% in the first two months of this year, only to collapse again in March. It looks like a classic "pump and dump" play, but for the nascent market that's probably a good thing.

Kyrgyzstan president prescribes poison root for COVID-19

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet April 16, 2021

The health minister then drank the concoction at a press conference.

Nakhchivan rail plans promise to rewire Caucasus connections

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet April 9, 2021

Iran stands to be one of the winners of the new regional transportation map.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

China’s water use threatens Kazakhstan’s other big lake

David Trilling for Eurasianet March 31, 2021

Climate change, farming and a lack of cooperation risk another Aral Sea disaster.

Turkmenistan: Rotten tomatoes review

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet March 31, 2021

The president gets another title, ignores soaring food prices, starts a charity, and pens a ditty to his favourite city. This and more in our weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Perspectives: Turkey and China – can Azerbaijan be the bridge?

Firuza Nahmadova for Eurasianet March 24, 2021

Since shepherding Azerbaijan’s military victory last autumn, Turkey has been on a Silk Road charm offensive. The challenge is turning talk into action.

Mongolian miner seeks London listing via reverse takeover

Jason Corcoran in Dublin March 22, 2021

Takeover of Irish exploration company Arkle Resources would provide molybdenum miner with AIM listing.

Analysis: Caucasus bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 19, 2021

Capital markets take war, the pandemic and political unrest in stride. The second in a two-part series.

Turkmenistan: O debt, where is thy sting?

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet March 17, 2021

The president makes an unprecedented admission: Turkmenistan is deep in the red.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

A wild horse, the Dutch and Mongolia’s Cheeseman

Antonio Graceffo March 10, 2021

Creating income streams for herders and moving Mongolia up the value chain, one cheese at a time.

ANALYSIS: Central Asia bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 9, 2021

Despite the COVID crunch, Uzbekistan’s borrowing has blossomed. Tajikistan appears headed for trouble.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

Kyrgyzstan: Kumtor’s fate uncertain once more

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet February 26, 2021

The mine used to be President Japarov's cause célèbre, but these days he has to be more pragmatic.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

Copper is the new gold

Ben Aris in Berlin February 24, 2021

Copper prices have been soaring as the post-coronavirus recovery gets under way, pushing up commodity prices, but copper has been supercharged by the digitisation of the global economy and the rise of the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

Lukoil ‘demonstrates worth to Uzbekistan as it takes on hard to recover gas challenge’

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent February 23, 2021

Russian giant, now sixth largest taxpayer in Central Asian country, has stepped up its cooperation with Tashkent.

Mongolia’s pitiless dzud

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar February 20, 2021

The unique weather disaster that leaves herders with a harvest of carcasses.

Petrostates to lose trillions of dollars in revenues amid clean energy push: report

Newsbase February 14, 2021

New “wake-up call” analysis from Carbon Tracker looks at impact of shift towards lower-carbon energy.

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