Uzbekistan: How a power outage sent a country into meltdown

Eurasianet January 28, 2022

The way the utilities system is designed meant that a whole series of related essentials were quick to fail.

China promises more investment at Central Asia summit

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet January 26, 2022

Xi Jinping said trade has grown 25-fold over the last two decades.

Perspectives | Why Uzbekistan does not fear a ‘Kazakh Winter’

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet January 14, 2022

Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.

INTERVIEW: Kazakhstan in crisis

IWPR January 13, 2022

With Kazakhstan experiencing its worst unrest in three decades of independence, Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Central Asia director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), assesses latest developments and wider implications of the crisis.

Man portrayed as ‘foreign terrorist’ by Kazakh officials turns out to be visiting Kyrgyz musician

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Case adds to pressure on Central Asian country to prove unrest was very much work of groups abroad.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

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.

Amid Kazakhstan upheaval 'Leader of Nation' Nursultan Nazarbayev reportedly leaves country 'for medical reasons'

bne IntelIiNews January 6, 2022

Whatever reshaped establishment emerges out of the country’s carnage may lick its lips at the prospect of taking over the fabulously wealthy Nazarbayev’s assets.

#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.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: BOOK REVIEW – Reassessing the causes of the Soviet demise

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 28, 2021

Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.

Kyrgyzstan: TV presenter’s racy photos ignite morality furore

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet December 14, 2021

Debates about women’s bodies recur periodically in Kyrgyzstani social media skirmishes; now there are signs that policymakers are eager to get involved.

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.

Uzbekistan: People no longer in the dark about power shortages

Eurasianet November 12, 2021

Until now, officials had been silent about ongoing power cuts, even calling them a thing of the past.

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.

bneGreen: Development banks ADB, EBRD, EDB up the ante at COP26

Theo Normanton in Moscow November 10, 2021

The UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow has seen development banks from around the world come together to outline their contributions to a low-carbon future. Robust financial infrastructure is key to a just and efficient transition.

‘Expect less water next year,’ Kyrgyzstan warns downstream neighbours

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet November 10, 2021

Relations between upstream and downstream Central Asian countries can be tense. This won’t help.

EBRD lifts emerging Europe forecasts but warns of threats ahead

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

The EBRD has increased its 2021 GDP growth projection for the emerging Europe and SEMED regions where it operates to 5.5% after a strong performance in H1.

Centerra says Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor mine under state management underperformed mine plan by 24%

bne IntelIiNews November 3, 2021

Canadian company also questions absence of operating results since expropriation of mine, who’s is purchasing its gold and where the proceeds are.