Latest Updates

  1. Kyrgyz Journalist Charged

    Date 13 Feb 2018
    Kyrgyzstan 13/02/18 Elnura Alkanova, a Kyrgyz investigative journalist, has been charged with publishing commercial secrets in the latest sign of Kyrgyzstan’s increasing intolerance of dissidence and journalistic independence. Mz. Alkanova’s report was an investigation into the purchase of luxury homes by a company that may be linked to members of…

  2. Uzbek Terrorist Pleads Guilty in Stockholm

    Date 13 Feb 2018
    Uzbekistan  13/02/18 Rakhmat Akilov has pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial in Stockholm. The ethnic Tajik from Uzbekistan was accused of stealing a truck and using it to kill five people on a crowded Stockholm street on the 7th April 2017. Akilov, who is believed to have…

  3. President Rahmon Prepares Succession Contingency

    Date 08 Feb 2018
    07/02/18 Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliaments has approved legal amendments that lower the eligibility age from 35 to 30 for legislative positions in parliaments upper house, and most importantly for the presidency. This amendment seems to have occurred so that President Emomali Rahmon can manoeuvre his 30-year-old son, Rustam Emomali,…

  4. Kyrgyzstan Presidential Campaign Begins

    Date 11 Sep 2017
    10/09/17 The election campaign for the next Kyrgyz President has begun, so far 13 candidates have been registered for the 15th October vote. The current incumbent, President Atambaev, is constitutionally barred from a third term. Critics have accused Atambaev of attempting to influence the election to maintain influence, most notably…

  5. Uzbek-Kyrgyz Relations Reach New Heights

    Date 11 Sep 2017
    09/09/17 Uzbekistan’s President Mirziyoyev visit to Bishkek has been hailed by many as a new chapter in Uzbek-Kyrgyz relations. As both sides agreed to delineate a substantial proportion of their shared border, an issue that has long been a point of contention. This is on top of the reopening of…

  6. US Slashes Aid Programmes

    Date 27 May 2017
    27/05/17  The newly proposed US budget if implemented will cut programme funding in Central Asia and the Caucasus by over 50%, reducing funding from $218.1million in 2016 to $93.1 million in 2018. Kyrgyzstan, the second largest recipient of US programmes in the region after Georgia, will see a drop-in funding…

  7. Tajik & Turkmen Anti-Corruption Drive

    Date 27 May 2017
    26/05/17 Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have seen multiple officials arrested in a new corruption drive by both nations. However, it has hard to believe that these actions are driven by a genuine desire to tackle corruption, instead the drivers behind the action are less obvious and more speculative and it has…

  8. Uzbek & Turkmen Accent to Energy Plans

    Date 25 May 2017
    25/05/17  Uzbekistan’s and Tajikistan’s relationship continues to improve with both sides reaching agreement on multiple energy infrastructure projects. The proposed projects will be a boon for regional relations, which have seen a marked improvement since the death of Uzbek strongman President Karimov. The main projects include plans to develop new…

  9. 16/05/17 – Uzbeks Win $23bln Investment

    Date 17 May 2017
    President Mirziyoyev has returned from China with multiple agreements totalling $23bln. This investment covers a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, agriculture, chemicals and communication. These large agreements have come as a result of Uzbekistan actively looking for foreign investment after the death of Karimov, and China’s increasing determination…

  10. 06/05/17 – Tajik Border Taliban activity

    Date 09 May 2017
    It has been reported that certain Afghan districts of the Badakhshan province, a province that borders Tajikistan, may be under insurgent control. Reports currently are inconsistent although reliable sources have indicated fighting in the province, although it remains unclear if districts directly along the border have an insurgent presence. News…

  11. 05/05/17 – Tajikistan’s Banks in Trouble

    Date 08 May 2017
    The Tajik banking sector continues to struggle as Agroinvestbank, Tajikistan’s largest lender, has been forced to limit the amount of cash customers can withdraw to 500 somoni ($58). Agroinvestbank is not alone, Tojiksodirotbank, Fononank and Tojprombank banks have and are suffering withdrawal limits, with the latter two banks losing their…

  12. 03/05/17 – Russia Cancels Kyrgyz Debt

    Date 08 May 2017
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved a decree that cancelled $240mln of Kyrgyz debt. The debt itself was from a $2bln Russian loan made to Kyrgyzstan in 2009 which was designed to support the construction of the now stalled Kambar-Ata hydro-power station. This debt cancellation is the latest amount cancelled…

  13. 27/04/2017 - Kazakh Banks Recover

    Date 08 May 2017
    Fitch Ratings has declared that the outlook for the Kazakh banking sector will keep improving if the government continues to focus on increasing asset quality, while the economy recovers due to a slight increase in oil prices. However, the Kazakh finance sector remains far from stable and will be subject…

  14. 11/04/2017 - First UK-China Freight Train

    Date 12 Apr 2017
    The first freight train has left the UK and will begin its 3-week journey to China, cutting the journey time by a half when compared to shipping times. The train will travel through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before entering China. However, the containers will have to…

  15. 05/04/2017 - Kygyz suspect in St Petersburg Bombing

    Date 05 Apr 2017
    The National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan (GKNB) have confirmed that a suspect in the St Petersburg metro bombing was born in Kyrgyzstan and later became a Russian citizen. The death toll of the attack has risen to 14 people, including citizens of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Until the identity and guilt…

  16. 04/04/2017 - Uzbekistan-Russian Trade & Gazprom

    Date 05 Apr 2017
    Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed 16 bilateral agreements worth $3.5 billion dollars during his visit to Moscow. The agreements come on the back of the ongoing positive discussions between the Uzbek government and Gazprom last month, where the two sides agreed terms for supplying Gazprom with natural gas for 5…

  17. 28/03/2017 - Kazakhstan - EEU Trade Falls

    Date 28 Mar 2017
    It is being reported that in 2016 Kazakhstan’s trade with its partners in the Eurasian Economic Union dropped by 23.5 percent compared to 2015. This drop is reflective of the devaluation of the Kazakhstani tenge and the rapidly depreciating value of exports. The prices least effected by the fall have…

  18. 27/03/17 - Tajikistan - Military Exercises

    Date 27 Mar 2017
    Tajikistan has announced it will be conducting two separate military manoeuvres, one involving US troops, the other Russian. The US manoeuvres will involve 150 American and 100 Tajik personal, while the Russian exercise could involve 2,000 Russian and up to 50,000 Tajik troops. Both exercises reflect the strategic importance of…

  19. 27/03/17 - Kyrgyzstan - Opposition Arrests

    Date 27 Mar 2017
    Almambert Shykmamatov has been charged with corruption. Shykmamatov becomes the second member of Ata-Meken, after party leader Omurbek Tekebayev, to be charged in the last month. This is while media outlets Radio Free Europe and Zanoza.kg have been targeted by lawsuits from the prosecutor’s office in Bishkek, on the behest…

  20. 23/03/17 - Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan - Trade Deals

    Date 27 Mar 2017
    Presidents Nazarbayev and Mirziyoyev signed 92 commercial agreements worth $840 million at a Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan business forum in Astana. The declaration shows a marked improvement in relations since the death of Uzbek leader Karimov. The last quarter of 2016 saw a 30% increase in trade between the two nations. Further agreements…

1
Designed by Oliver McGough
Using Format