Turkmenistan exposed: Investors warned nation is “teetering on edge of catastrophe”

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 15, 2019

Despite people going hungry amid economic crisis ruling autocrats continue to pile money into vanity projects, while failing to pay contractors. Eight-lane ‘Turkmen Autobahn’ latest investment to raise eyebrows.

Eurasia’s burgeoning populations to overtake a vanishing population in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 23, 2019

Central and Eastern Europe faces a demographic catastrophe in the coming decades that will see Central Asia pull ahead of the eastern EU member states in population terms by the end of the century.

Russia restarts Turkmen gas imports after 3-year stoppage

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2019

Volumes not yet known but news could be substantial boost for Turkmenistan’s embattled economy.

End of an era of USSR dictators (or not?)

Nizom Khodjayev in Astana March 22, 2019

Kazakhstan’s ruler of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev has gone. Only he’s not gone. And ordinary Kazakhs who’ve lived through three “Soviet-groomed” decades don’t hold out much hope a handpicked successor will change much about their lives.

Suicide of Coca Cola Turkmenistan boss may further demoralise investors

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 26, 2019

Company facing difficulties amid remote nation’s economic woes. Executive reportedly threw himself from window of top Ashgabat hotel.