Eurasia / News

Azerbaijan fires info war salvo against Russia

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet April 18, 2021

After previously denying it, Azerbaijan now says that Armenia fired Russian-made rockets during last year’s war. And now they’re trying to make things difficult for Moscow.

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Kyrgyz court frees ex-PM charged with corruption after he pays $12mn

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 15, 2021

New government allows those found with illegal financial assets to avoid prosecution by surrendering them to Treasury. US embassy has warned about rise of organised crime in Kyrgyzstan.

GameStop-style investors trigger speculation in Arkle

Jason Corcoran in Dublin April 15, 2021

162 Group forced by LSE to issue statement saying potential reverse takeover of Irish gold and zinc explorer by Mongolian miner was not going ahead.

Azerbaijan accused of fomenting ethnic hatred with display of dead Armenian soldiers’ helmets

bne IntelIiNews April 14, 2021

Yerevan, meanwhile, moves towards putting on trial two men from Syria it claims served as mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after being recruited by Turkey to fight for Baku.

Iran makes defiant “60%” uranium move in wake of suspected attack by Israel

bne IntelIiNews April 13, 2021

Day also sees apparent missile strike on Israeli-owned vessel in Gulf. Tensions mount with Vienna nuclear deal talks set to resume.

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum hands Japarov the super-presidency he craved

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet April 12, 2021

A low turnout may dent the legitimacy of the exercise, however.

Iran weighs options after ‘Israeli cyber-attack sets back nuclear programme’

bne IntelIiNews April 12, 2021

Tehran talks of revenge but Iranians will be wary of derailing nuclear deal revival attempts that could relieve Islamic Republic’s strangled economy.

Persian-speaking Iran and Tajikistan boost defence relations

bne IntelIiNews April 8, 2021

Tajik Rahmon administration has long been wary of Tehran exporting Islamic Revolution to inhabitants opposed to Soviet-legacy rule.

Turkmenistan: End of the road for the roaring growth myth?

Peter Leonard for Eurasianet April 8, 2021

The scale of the current crisis may be making IFIs rethink their longstanding policy of uncritically relaying Turkmen government data.

Coronavirus explosions in Turkey and Iran intensify

bne IntelIiNews April 7, 2021

Latter bans tourist flights to the former. Iranian deputy minister angered by relaxation of restrictions over Nowruz holidays.

Starbucks to open first Uzbekistan outlet as country’s “virgin” niche lures new players

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent April 6, 2021

Coffee chain to join KFC, Wendy’s and Baskin Robbins among big Western names on Tashkent city streets. Russia’s Shokoladnitsa and Black Star Burger have also arrived.

UK registered shell company faked documents to win Uzbekistan medical kit contracts says World Bank

bne IntelIiNews March 30, 2021

Case of NovoLine Resources tarnishes already controversial reputation of British corporate governance.

Uzbekistan police blame victim in violent attack on pro-LGBT activist

Eurasianet March 30, 2021

Miraziz Bazarov had criticized the government’s refusal to decriminalize same-sex relations.

Iran inks 25 year strategic deal with China as US softens nuclear deal stance

bne IntelIiNews March 29, 2021

Deal with Beijing could bring in hundreds of billions of investment dollars. Americans, meanwhile, talk up their flexibility on reviving accord.

Impact of global chip shortage on carmakers spreading across Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews March 26, 2021

Production plants forced into stoppages after pandemic-led surge in demand for electronics from locked down populations squeezes semiconductor supplies.

Conference addresses reform and regulation issues facing Tashkent Stock Market

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent March 23, 2021

Still very early days for Uzbekistan’s bourse. Investors need “fast, transparent and reliable data,” says US SEC commissioner.

Mystery as Tajik president Rahmon disappears from public view

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2021

At this time of year, he is usually out and about taking part in Nowruz festivities. But it is his son Rustam Emomali who is presiding over events.

Armenia’s embattled PM announces he’s agreed to June snap election

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2021

After weeks of street protests and counter-protests, a deal is struck for an early poll.