EurasiaChat: Putin stole the show, but Turkey brought the goods
Russia and Kazakhstan are doing the dirty work for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Plus, Ukraine war brings Central Asia and Turkey closer together.
In our podcast this week, hosts Aigerim Toleukhanova and Joanna Lillis discuss how Tajikistan is rounding up journalists following a violent crackdown in the Pamirs earlier this year. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan is detaining Karakalpak activists from Uzbekistan – and Tashkent is mum on the constitutional changes that prompted unrest in July.
But it was the Russian and Turkish presidents stealing headlines last week as they jostled for influence in Central Asia.
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Aigerim Toleukhanova is a journalist and researcher from Kazakhstan.
Joanna Lillis is a journalist based in Almaty and author of Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.