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In time of hunger, Tajik president pictured with plenty
Let them eat cake.
Dec 18, 2020
Tajikistan: Even Russia feels pain as pandemic wreaks havoc on migration lifeline
Food prices have jumped this year and there are few jobs, but out-of-work migrants can’t get to where they are desperately needed.
Dec 17, 2020
Tajikistan: Emomali’s Russia visit signals his emerging role
Any breakthrough in improving the lot of labor migrants will be touted as sign of his political heft.
Nov 26, 2020
Kazakhstan to borrow $1.8Bln for COVID fight
The government is eager to stress that the loan is all but interest free.
Nov 24, 2020
Kazakhstan’s independent media losing advertising battle with bloggers, influencers
The government will help outlets that publish its propaganda.
Nov 20, 2020
Coronavirus adds to reasons to escape Tajikistan
The terminal state of the economy remains paramount in the minds of those wishing to leave.
Nov 13, 2020
Kazakhstan: Former health minister arrested
The healthcare sector has been embroiled in corruption scandals for years.
Nov 3, 2020
Kazakhstan: Avian flu kills nearly 1 million poultry
The die-off has caused a shortage of meat and eggs in markets.
Oct 21, 2020
China business briefing: Mooove over, Australia
Kazakhstan’s food producers look primed to benefit from China’s increasingly tense relationship with traditional trading partners. This and more in our monthly Chinese business briefing.
Oct 7, 2020
COVID and the new debt dynamics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Before the pandemic, Central Asia’s poorest countries had been managing their Chinese debts quite well. Now they are asking for help.
Dirk van der Kley
Oct 2, 2020
Kazakhstan: Ever more borrowers unable to repay loans
Overdue loans have increased by 10 percent since January.
Sep 25, 2020
Kazakhstan: Presidential address fails to excite
Pledges to let people raid their pension pots were met favorably, though.
Sep 3, 2020
Chinese hydroelectric investments in Central Asia: A snapshot
The first in a series of briefings on Beijing's investments in Central Asian renewables.
Aug 31, 2020
Kyrgyzstan opens up to Kazakhstan’s tourists. In theory
Kyrgyz officials have drawn up a list of 31 countries from which people can visit.
Aug 24, 2020
Russian tourists flood into newly reopened Abkhazia
The territory's public health officials have warned against opening up to tourism, and the arrival of tourists has coincided with a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Aug 11, 2020