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The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs
September 23, 2020

The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs

By Paolo Sorbello
Hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious origin have transited in and out of Kazakhstan with the help of U.S. banks, an investigation of thousands of leaked documents reveals. 

Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be
September 23, 2020

Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be

By Varshini Sridhar
China and Russia are partners in Central Asia, but their cooperative efforts are not as robust as they often claim.
Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 
September 21, 2020

Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 

By Umida Hashimova
The promise of peace in Afghanistan opens doors for Uzbekistan. 

Mongolia’s E-Governance Quest
September 18, 2020

Mongolia’s E-Governance Quest

By Bolor Lkhaajav
In the last decade, Mongolia showed progress in e-governance, but there’s more yet to do.

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down
September 18, 2020

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down

By Catherine Putz
A coincidence? When IRPT leader Kabiri spoke this week in an online event his message was cut off from Tajikistan by “technical glitches.” 

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan
September 16, 2020

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Can the Uzbek government ensure that those who participated in Gulnara Karimova’s corruption do not benefit from it once more?

Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld
September 15, 2020

Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld

By Catherine Putz
What concerns the Kazakh government isn’t “fake news” but its own fear that incompetence, pointed out, will undermine the current power structures.
Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny
September 15, 2020

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's anti-monopoly agency fines the Atyrau refinery; Uzbekistan's Fergana refinery becomes loot for investors. 

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises
September 15, 2020

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises

By Catherine Putz
With less than a month until election day, Rahmon stands prominently in a field of unsurprising candidates unlikely to rock the boat.

Kazakhstan’s Robin Hood: The Geopolitics of Sci-Hub
September 14, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Robin Hood: The Geopolitics of Sci-Hub

By Corissa Steiner
Sci-Hub, using legally dubious methods, makes academic research free to researchers worldwide. It is a win for Western academia.

After Another Reversal, 16 Parties Set to Stand in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Election
September 10, 2020

After Another Reversal, 16 Parties Set to Stand in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Election

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission had another of its decisions to reject a party's registration reversed by a court.
Will Emomali Rahmon Have Any Serious Challengers for the Tajik Presidency?
September 09, 2020

Will Emomali Rahmon Have Any Serious Challengers for the Tajik Presidency?

By Catherine Putz
A 30-year-old Tajik lawyer declared his intention to run and was almost immediately questioned by the security services. Rahmon is unlikely to tolerate a genuine challenger.

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