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A joint investigation by German magazine Der Spiegel and the Organised Crime and Corruption Research Centre has uncovered details of how banned technology is avoiding sanctions and is being shipped via Kazakhstan into Russia.
Heavy investment into a few mega projects means that power-hungry Uzbekistan now has about 2.6 GW of green energy capacity, ahead of Kazakhstan – the first country in Central Asia to invest into renewable power.
Some observers conclude, however, that the big event produced lots of rhetoric and little action.
Beijing woos region at a time when Russia is too distracted by the Ukraine war to focus effectively on its backyard.
Stans were eager for red carpet treatment. Notably, Russia was not invited.
The leaders of Central Asia's five republics plus Armenia's PM arrived in Moscow to stand by Putin for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade, despite strong US pressure to downgrade and even break ties with Russia where possible.
The Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) met in Goa and saw old rivals try to put aside their rivalries in an effort to build a more co-ordinated coalition of developing countries.
Trading driven by covid rebound and rising importance of five ‘stans’ as manufacturing and transit economies due to sanctions imposed on Russia’s economy.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet approved a decision to join the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) on April 6, cementing the increasingly close ties between the Middle East oil producer and China.
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.
While some can afford to move on, there are thousands struggling to find workable employment prospects to put a roof over their head.
The ‘small stans’ will spend another year striving to recalibrate political and economic relations with Russia and China – and other players Turkey, Iran and the West – amid the geopolitical maelstrom triggered by Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
Central Asia is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and after three decades of growth, incomes have risen to a point where a middle class is emerging in the steppe. And nothing says middle class more than a hoover.
Russia and China are the dominant trade and investment partners for Central Asian countries. But their dominance in the region is now being challenged by Turkey and Iran in a return to the "Great Game."
Unfolding corruption scandal in Brno claims one nominated minister and may threaten justice minister.
Populist ANO party of former premier Andrej Babis comes first in eight of 13 regional capitals but was only second in the two largest, Prague and Brno.
Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.
Prague City Council election could lead to grand coalition of ODS and opposition ANO parties.
Czechia and Poland will resume work on the Stork II pipeline bringing gas from the Polish LNG terminal at Swinoujscie to Libhost in Czechia’s northern Moravian region.