September 1 saw more sabre rattling in Berlin and Brussels with more demands "Russia must be made to pay," while in the Belarusian capital Ukrainian rebel leaders made a few key concessions necessary for peace.
A poster for a gay-friendly nightclub in Almaty featuring Kazakh composer Kurmangazy and Russian author Pushkin engaged in a kiss has caused outrage in Kazakh society and raised the spectre of Russia-style anti-gay laws.
There was little concrete progress in bringing about a ceasefire in the conflict ravaging eastern Ukraine, following a two-hour tete-a-tete between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Mongolia's lawmakers were betting investors would rejoice at new watershed legislation for the country's mining sector. However, investors are more concerned with the problems of today than promises for the future.