Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

Taliban sign deal to buy Russian oil, gas and wheat

Ben Aris in Berlin September 28, 2022

Agreement marks regime’s first international economic deal. Moscow eyes economic corridor through Central Asia and Afghanistan to South Asia.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan warn citizens not to sign up to fight for Russia in Ukraine

bne IntelIiNews September 22, 2022

Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Media risk underplaying significance of Tajikistan’s attack on Kyrgyzstan says academic

bne IntelIiNews September 20, 2022

Term “border clash” not sufficient for “some of the most violent and consequential” days in the independent history of Central Asia.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.

PANNIER: As Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan descend into another border war, there’s no-one to stop the fighting

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 17, 2022

Though Russia has offered to mediate, a feeling prevails among some parties that the Kremlin is supportive of Tajik strongman Rahmon.

Tens of thousands displaced as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan conflict rages on

Eurasianet: Ayzirek Imanayileva&P. Leonard, Kamila Ibragimova September 16, 2022

Around 120,000 people evacuated from homes in area of Kyrgyzstan where fierce fighting is ongoing. Heavy exchanges of gunfire and shelling.

PANNIER: At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, watch the action on the sidelines

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 13, 2022

Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.

Tajikistan: Authorities intensify war on Ismailis, other Muslims

Eurasianet September 12, 2022

The only figure that the regime deems worthy of open adulation is President Emomali Rahmon.

EM debt crisis around the corner

Ben Aris in Berlin September 8, 2022

Soaring inflation, a strong dollar and a complete overhaul of global energy markets are playing hell with Emerging Market debt. The world is now teetering on the edge of a global debt crisis, warns Oxford Economics.

China expands vocational training centres to Central Asia

Jiahui Huang for Eurasianet September 5, 2022

The Luban Workshops will spread technical skills, familiarity with Chinese equipment, and suspicion.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Did Taliban take control of Uzbek island in border clash?

Bruce Pannier in Prague August 26, 2022

Tashkent has been working hard for mutually beneficial relations with Kabul. Perhaps fearing the process could be disrupted, officials stay tight-lipped about attacks along frontier made by Afghanistan militants.

Tajikistan faces triple challenge of poverty, climate change and a fast-growing population

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2022

Tajikistan, the poorest country in Emerging Europe, also has its fastest growing population, which is expected to more than double by the end of the century.

Tajikistan picks winners in Pamir investment drive

Eurasianet August 23, 2022

As the government tries to pacify the region with investment, winners and losers are coming into focus.

Tajikistan’s unprecedented GBAO crackdown threatens a centuries-old culture

Bruce Pannier in Prague August 20, 2022

Scores of influential Pamiri figures jailed or killed amid so-called anti-terrorism operation that has used drones and snipers.

Ukraine claims Kremlin exploiting Central Asian migrant surge to boost army numbers

bne IntelIiNews August 19, 2022

Military recruitment said to be focused on workers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan tempted back to Russia by strong ruble.

Tajikistan: Pamiri activists imprisoned en masse

bne IntelIiNews August 15, 2022

Few defendants appear able to get legal representation.

Population decline to take Emerging Europe back to the early 20th century

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 12, 2022

Population decline across almost all of Emerging Europe will result in the populations of many countries dropping to levels not seen since the early 20th century.

Academic sheds light on Rahmon regime’s attempts to crush the Pamiris

bne IntelIiNews August 6, 2022

Sniper used to kill Colonel Boqir, local leader long at top of hitlist. After brutal crackdown, GBAO region’s inhabitants fear they will be living under a securitised surveillance state.

Afghanistan pays electricity debts to Uzbekistan but still owes Tajikistan

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet August 2, 2022

Both have long-duration electricity supply agreements signed before the Taliban returned to power.