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New sectors of the Kazakh economy such as e-commerce have benefited from the country's membership of the Customs Union with Russia and Belarus.
The Russian economic slowdown is taking its toll on the former Soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, which have seen the first drop in remittance flows from Russia since 2009.
The EBRD has slightly revised down its growth forecasts for CEE/CIS, warning that the Ukraine crisis could have a long-lasting effect on the region.
A wider trading corridor is welcome news for Kazakhstan's embattled financial sector, which is still recovering from the 2007 housing market crash and 2008 global crisis.
Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD, is an engaging speaker – and not just because he might execute a flying tackle at any moment.
The worsening of relations between Russia and Europe has cut Russian interest for onetime real estate hotspots such as Bulgaria and Montenegro.
Despite the exotic appeal of the Gobi desert and vast steppe, tourism still remains only a blip on Mongolia’s economic charts.
The EU and US said they would implement new sanctions on Russia on September 12, despite the general agreement that the ceasefire in Ukraine is holding.
Uzbek prosecutors' announcement that Gulnara Karimova is under investigation effectively removes any chance that the so-called "princess of Uzbekistan" will succeed her ageing father.
Even if a lasting ceasefire in east Ukraine can be secured, the cessation of military hostilities will only mark the beginning of a new fight. The battle between Russia and Ukraine over gas supplies is about to restart.