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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko was rushed back to Minsk almost directly from Red Square in Moscow on May 9 suffering from a serious but mysterious illness and hasn't been seen since.
Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev is on a mission to attract foreign investment as part of his "New Uzbekistan" plan with his two-day visit to Germany in May already yielding billions of euros in new deals.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has called a snap presidential election on July 9, to establish a fresh mandate following a controversial change to the constitution.
As well as providing more time in office for the president, document enshrines some important rights for citizens.
Milo Djukanovic is one of Emerging Europe’s longest-serving political leaders but is expected to lose the presidential election runoff to his youthful rival Jakov Milatovic.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has weakened its influence in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan. Russia is no longer a regional hegemon, which may increase regional instability. Tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are especially dangerous.
As the leading privately owned company in the country and a large employer, Artel is trying to lead by example and promote best and responsible ESG business practices in Uzbekistan, the company said in its recently released progress report for 2022.
Gone is the era when Uzbekistan’s late president Islam Karimov was walling off his country from its immediate neighbours.
Central Asia is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and after three decades of growth, incomes have risen to a point where a middle class is emerging in the steppe. And nothing says middle class more than a hoover.
Kazakhstan’s re-elected president has seven years to show he really does understand the meaning of the word he mouths so often, “reform”.
In the remaining months of this year Uzbekistan hopes to hold its first three major IPOs in carmaker UzAvto, metallurgical business UzMetKombinat and the leading mortgage bank in the country Qishloq Qurilish Bank (QQB).
Inflation appears to be under control in Uzbekistan and to have peaked in Georgia and Armenia, but with prices still rising in Kazakhstan the regulator is ready to raise rates “as much as necessary,” the countries' central bank governors said.
The extreme sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine have thrown Russian business into chaos. In the space of a week products and inputs that are essential for production simply stopped arriving even if they were not sanctioned.
Winston Churchill once alluded to Kremlin power struggles as 'bulldogs fighting under a carpet' but the barking was remarkably audible when Tajik President Emomali made a rare and emotional speech calling on Russia for "respect"
The ruling may give Karimova access to $303mn in frozen funds.
Government explanations are hard to believe, and do not hide the poverty and abuse fuelling unrest.
Rather than exporting natural gas as a raw material, Uzbekistan is investing into deep processing capacity to enable domestic production of fuels, plastics and other products.
Karakalpakstan’s dramatic protests of July 1 thrusted international attention on Uzbekistan’s sole de jure autonomous territory. The publication of Tashkent’s proposed changes to the constitution prompted unprecedented popular protests.
A loose end the Uzbek authorities were looking to tie up turned out to be a powder keg fuse they lit.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev backed down on July 3 and cancelled a plan to remove Karakalpakstan's autonomy from the constitution in the face of massive protests that were rapidly turning violent.