Absent Armenia remains elephant in room as Putin prepares for CIS summit in Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2023

Trip abroad is Russian leader’s first since International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Armenia refuses to take part in CIS summit and CSTO military drills in Kyrgyzstan

Ani Avetisyan October 11, 2023

No shows are more signs of the worsening relations with Russia, Armenia's onetime ally and protector.

Putin heading for Kyrgyzstan, where there’s no fear of arrest

bne IntelIiNews October 4, 2023

The Russian leader is set for his first trip abroad since the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for him seven months ago.

Kyrgyz strongman Japarov gets power to reverse constitutional court rulings on ‘national moral’ grounds

bne IntelIiNews October 3, 2023

Critics say populist president constructing highly authoritarian state that apes Putin regime.

Beijing reportedly shelves construction of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway

bne IntelIiNews September 28, 2023

Another big blow for ‘CKU’ proponents who have been trying to get the infrastructure project moving for a quarter of a century. Financing said to be a big and unresolved difficulty.

Tajikistan hands control over border airports to armed forces

Eurasianet September 28, 2023

The airports have lain largely idle since the fall of the Soviet Union.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

PANNIER: Climate change brings neverending energy crisis to Kyrgyzstan

Bruce Pannier September 27, 2023

Drought and melted glaciers mean a lack of water for hydro-electricity generation and the last-resort use of more dirty coal to provide power.

PANNIER: How ‘C5+1’ set the stage for a new era in US-Central Asia relations

Bruce Pannier September 22, 2023

Focus shifts from security to energy security, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure, while there are no illusions about delivering democracy.

Kyrgyzstan has ‘the balls’ to send Russia parts crucial to making tanks, trade data suggests

bne IntelIiNews September 21, 2023

Analyst notes Chinese ball bearing exports to Central Asian country are up around 2,550%. Suggests many of the ‘dual-use’ goods are simply passed on to the Russian defence industry.

Masked Turkish intelligence agents accused of abducting businessman in Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews September 18, 2023

Koray Vural snatched while on his way to work. Incident follows grabbing of Orhan Inandi in Kyrgyzstan two years ago. Like Inandi, Vural is linked to Gulen movement that denies Ankara’s claims it plotted coup attempt.

Plight of Kyrgyzstan’s ‘canary in coal mine’ news service Kloop worsens

bne IntelIiNews September 13, 2023

Internet providers block media outlet’s website as country’s authoritarian populist regime steps up clampdown on free press and civil society.

Francis Fukuyama says a weakened Russia will present opportunities for Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2023

While in Almaty for a book launch, US political scientist suggests that if Moscow comes out of Ukraine war diminished, the ‘Stans’ will have room to set their own policies without worrying about the Russian response.

Latvian exports of sanctioned goods soar to Russia's neighbours

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius September 4, 2023

In mechanical and electrical equipment, where Latvian exports to Russia fell by a quarter last year, growth in Kazakhstan, KyrgyzstanArmenia was between five and 12 times.

Kyrgyzstan: Barcelona soccer tie-up raises conflict of interest questions

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet September 3, 2023

Investment into costly and potentially lucrative soccer academies has come from figures close to the national leadership.