The four smuggling tunnels found so far may only be a small part of the total.
Conventional media outlets have all been obliterated by the government.
A new book exposes the hollowness of many Western assumptions about China’s role in Central Asia.
More than 7,000 Kyrgyz nationals applied for seasonal farming jobs in Britain
Foreign Minister Wang Yi used a visit to Central Asia to talk about the United States. But his counterparts wanted to talk business.
Dushanbe wants obedience but treats the region as something to be exploited and ignored.
Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.
After so-called anti-terrorism operation in GBAO that may have led to the deaths of 40 or more people, many Pamiris said to be living in fear of return to violent 1990s conflict.
Restive region has seen series of protests since death in custody of activist arrested as kidnapping suspect. No evidence of terrorists in midst of protesters has been presented by authorities.
Allies step up defence cooperation as security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates. Iranians have rapidly become a big regional drone power.
In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.
The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.
Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan had hoped its own acquisition of the same drones last year would give it a strategic edge over Tajikistan.
Dushanbe is dependent on Russia and indebted to China. Will the IMF come to the rescue?
Chinese investors often get generous tax breaks in the country.
To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.
Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.
Foreign Minister Lavrov says plans of Islamic State and build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders “are an alarming sign”.
Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.