Eurasia / News

Fake news? Conflicting reports of shooting in Almaty as Russian and Kazakh governments appear to manipulate reporting for own agendas

bne correspondent in Almaty. January 6, 2022

Soldiers have started a military operation to clear the streets of Kazakhstan’s commercial capital and largest city, threatening to shoot on sight anyone that ventures abroad. But are the reports real?

CSTO comes out of the shadows for the first time

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.

#Kazakhstan President Tokayev calls on CSTO to send peacekeepers as protests spin out of control

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Moscow-led security alliance of five ex-Soviet states has agreed to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan where the protests have got beyond the control of the authorities.

President appeals to Moscow and threatens ruthless crackdown on Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2022

Day sees protesters seize Almaty airport. Tokayev strips predecessor Nazarbayev of state security post and speaks to Russian and Belarusian counterparts to discuss response to turmoil. Moscow-led CSTO to send peacekeepers.

Kazakhstan gripped by protests as anger over fuel price hike sparks anti-government sentiment

bne IntelIiNews January 4, 2022

In largest city Almaty thousands clash with riot police. President says officials will meet to discuss protesters’ “socio-economic demands”.

Grim plights in Belarus and Turkey underlined as Committee to Protect Journalists reports “especially bleak year” worldwide

bne IntelIiNews December 10, 2021

Prison census finds number of journalists jailed around the world in 2021 hit a new record.

Kazakhstan: Satellite images show scale of land squatting

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet December 9, 2021

Historic efforts to combat the problem bring back memories of a dark episode in the country's history.

Georgia hikes policy rate to highest level in 13 years

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 9, 2021

The monetary policy committee of the National Bank of Georgia increased the refinancing rate rate by 0.5 pp to 10.5%.

Tensions as US imposes more sanctions on Iran ahead of next Vienna nuclear talks

bne IntelIiNews December 8, 2021

Problem with US wish to resurrect JCPOA is even if sanctions against Tehran were lifted, it is unlikely many foreign investors would return to Iran as they will fear that the next American president will reimpose the measures.

In first ICJ rulings, Armenia largely comes out on top of Azerbaijan

Neil Hauer in Yerevan December 8, 2021

Azerbaijan ordered to prevent incitement of racial hatred against Armenians and protect Armenian prisoners of war.

Impasse could collapse nuclear deal talks next week

bne IntelIiNews December 3, 2021

Europe claims Iran has walked back diplomatic progress. US says Tehran has no “constructive proposals”. Iran insists its demands are in line with the 2015 agreement.

EU challenges China’s Belt and Road with €300bn Global Gateway

bne IntelIiNews December 2, 2021

Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.

Opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan reject preliminary results of parliamentary election

bne IntelIiNews November 28, 2021

Central Election Commission accused of fraud with claims that votes were stolen during 40-minute malfunction of tabulation monitor.

Iranians cheered by collapse of lira flood over Turkish border for Black Friday shopping

Daniel Rad in Dublin November 25, 2021

With Iran’s rial typically suffering only bad news given US sanctions, day-trippers didn’t need telling twice to make journey to bag some bargains.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Saakashvili ends 50-day hunger strike

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2021

Former president agrees to end protest after he was transferred from a prison hospital, where he claims he was being abused by fellow inmates and not receiving appropriate medical treatment.

Large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenia marks worst fighting since war

Neil Hauer in Yerevan November 17, 2021

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree a ceasefire to end a large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenian territory.

Russia strikes deal on Iran's multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field as ‘final act securing control over European energy market’

bne IntelIiNews November 16, 2021

Tehran said to be expecting geopolitical payoff by giving up control of field that makes Iran holder of world’s biggest gas reserves.

Climate change ‘destroying honey production in Kyrgyzstan’

bne IntelIiNews November 11, 2021

Disappearing glaciers leading to a loss of meltwater, leaving beekeepers high and dry.

Uzbekistan tells COP26 it aims to cut emissions by 35% within decade

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 11, 2021

Deputy PM says climate in Central Asia changing twice as fast as in other regions due to the drying up of the Aral Sea.