Kazakhstan poised to intensify vetting of re-exports to Russia

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet March 23, 2023

Kazakh traders have been helping fill Russian demand for high-tech consumer goods and other items hard to obtain under Western sanctions.

bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

Kazakhstan: Low election turnout tempers talk of political reset

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet March 21, 2023

Only one in four voters in Almaty, the country's largest city, cast their ballot.

All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

PANNIER: Ahead of elections, is Kazakhstan’s Tokayev preparing for more unrest?

Bruce Pannier March 17, 2023

Though some changes in the poll formats hint at New Kazakhstan, the president’s words are ominously reminiscent of Old Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan, Russia in ‘star wars’ court clash over Yuri Gagarin spacecraft launch site

bne IntelIiNews March 16, 2023

Bailiffs impound assets as Kazakh minister accuses Russian space agency chief of “diplomatic mistake” over objections to postponement of work at Baikonur cosmodrome.

PANNIER: Blinken visit delivered prod rather than shove in right direction for Central Asia

Bruce Pannier March 14, 2023

Kremlin nevertheless bristled at top diplomat’s arrival, saying “there is no place for the democratisation experiments of Washington”.

Turkey cuts trade ties with Russia, Hungary to “rethink” relationship as Western pressure to end sanctions-busting mounts

Ben Aris in Berlin March 12, 2023

Turkey has abruptly stopped exporting goods to Russia and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strongest advocates in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has said that he might “rethink” his relations with Russia in the future.

Central Asia’s poorest farmers know the value of their land

bne IntelIiNews March 10, 2023

Farmland and pastures across the region are far less productive after decades of monocropping.

How cryptocurrency mining froze a Kazakh city

Nizom Khodjayev in Astana March 8, 2023

Inhabitants of Ekibastuz who were left without heating on freezing winter days have a much different understanding of the term “crypto winter” than digital money enthusiasts.

Uzbekistan making final adjustments to accommodate Russian gas imports

Eurasianet March 6, 2023

Deliveries had reportedly been expected to start March 1, but that deadline has come and gone.

Russia is successfully evading Western technology sanctions

bne IntelliNews March 6, 2023

Russia has managed to largely bypass Western sanctions on technology and semiconductor imports to supply itself with technology to keep its economy working and build sophisticated weapons.

Ukrainian refugees and Russian migrants bring economic benefits but also stresses to Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2023

Looking forward to the end of the war, whenever it happens, policymakers are already speculating on how many of the refugees and migrants are likely to stay and how many will return.

Perspectives | China wants the Line D pipeline. Can Central Asia deliver?

Joe Webster for Eurasianet March 2, 2023

Beijing is leaning toward buying additional Central Asian gas, despite reliability concerns.

Kazakh manufacturing PMI signals improving conditions in February

bne IntelIiNews March 2, 2023

Acceleration in pace of new order growth billed as key highlight from latest survey.

Kazakh fintech star KASPI.kz posts 37% net revenue growth

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 28, 2023

Payment business Kaspi Pay records strong growth in transaction volume and active user base, with over 21mn users at end-2022.

Tehran, Almaty live in fear of earthquake hell

bne IntelIiNews February 25, 2023

No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.

Fuelling energy woes, Uzbekistan sees drop in gas output

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet February 24, 2023

Production is falling as demand increases, forcing country to look to Russia for energy supplies.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has distorted global trade routes

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and related sanctions have distorted trade routes across the Eurasian continent.

HESS: Russia is down, but not out, in Central Asia

Maximilian Hess February 18, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has weakened its influence in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan. Russia is no longer a regional hegemon, which may increase regional instability. Tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are especially dangerous.