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Mongolia Securing an Energy Alliance with Russia and China 
July 02, 2020

Mongolia Securing an Energy Alliance with Russia and China 

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The Power of Siberia 2 project involves Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters
July 01, 2020

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters

By Catherine Putz
The landmark privatization scheme took cotton out of the government’s direct hands and placed it in private “clusters” -- but not without significant risks.
Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill
July 01, 2020

Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill

By Colleen Wood
Will protests be enough to convince Kyrgyzstan’s president to veto a bill that would restrict freedom of speech online?

Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group
June 30, 2020

Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group

By Paolo Sorbello
In a surprising move, the Prosecutor obtained the restitution of assets to a criminal group facing corruption charges.

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting
June 30, 2020

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting

By Catherine Putz
RFE/RL, OCCRP and Kloop have published two new reports as well as a database filled with documents provided by murdered former money launderer Aierken Saimaiti.

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.

Mongolia’s New Parliament: Familiar Party, Fresher Faces
June 25, 2020

Mongolia’s New Parliament: Familiar Party, Fresher Faces

By Julian Dierkes and Marissa Smith
The MPP retains its supermajority, but there is more to the results than simply a consolidation of power by the ruling party.
Russia’s Victory Day Guests
June 25, 2020

Russia’s Victory Day Guests

By Catherine Putz
Who showed up to Moscow’s rescheduled Victory Day parade?

Economic Concerns High as Mongolia Holds National Elections
June 24, 2020

Economic Concerns High as Mongolia Holds National Elections

By Associated Press
Mongolia is the second country after South Korea to hold national elections during the coronavirus pandemic.

11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev
June 23, 2020

11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev

By Catherine Putz
Atambayev faces an additional, ongoing trial related to the violence that erupted when the state tried to detain him in August 2019.

Why Is Russia Moving Closer to Mongolia?
June 23, 2020

Why Is Russia Moving Closer to Mongolia?

By Shahid Hussain
Russia's approach to Mongolia is about more than countering China's influence.
The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China
June 22, 2020

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

By Umida Hashimova
The transport corridor is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars.

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