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Uzbekistan, Russia to Start Construction of Small Nuclear Power Plants

Uzbekistan, Russia to Start Construction of Small Nuclear Power Plants

By Catherine Putz
Nuclear power cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia appears to be back on track, albeit at a more limited scale than previously anticipated.

A Trojan Horse? The New Kazakh Gambling Legislation Needs a Closer Look

A Trojan Horse? The New Kazakh Gambling Legislation Needs a Closer Look

By Adilbek Abdulov
The betting industry in Kazakhstan is profitable, making the question of who controls its profits of utmost importance.
State Projects and Proxies: All the President’s Men in Kyrgyzstan

State Projects and Proxies: All the President’s Men in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
A new OCCRP, Temirov Live, Kloop investigation finishes “the work of those who can longer do journalism in Kyrgyzstan” by uncovering a murky network of connections profiting from state projects.

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

By Asel Murzakulova
The recent conflict laid bare genuine challenges within the labor market and significant shifts in the country's migration landscape.

Competing Digital Futures: Europe and China in Central Asia’s Tech Development

Competing Digital Futures: Europe and China in Central Asia’s Tech Development

By Andrew Gundal and Eldaniz Gusseinov
Both the EU and China aim to establish technological leadership in Central Asia, but their focuses differ. 

Mongolia’s Political Parties Showcase Candidates for the 2024 Parliamentary Election

Mongolia’s Political Parties Showcase Candidates for the 2024 Parliamentary Election

By Bolor Lkhaajav
As Mongolia goes to its first election with an enlarged parliament and new mixed representation electoral system, parties are including more diverse and young candidates.

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

By Catherine Putz
The mob, apparently triggered by a video of a fight between foreigners and locals earlier in May, “went on a rampage” targeting mostly South Asian students while raging against illegal immigration.
Russia Expands Oil Trade South via Afghanistan, Seeking Warm Water Ports

Russia Expands Oil Trade South via Afghanistan, Seeking Warm Water Ports

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Afghanistan is emerging as a key transit point for Russian oil as the Kremlin seeks to establish new trade routes to Asia and the Middle East.

Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

By Bryn Windsor
While some progress has been made, foreign investors are starting to wonder if Uzbekistan’s privatization agenda will ever live up to its much-lauded potential. 

Women as Wives: How Uzbekistan’s Justice System Fails to Serve Women

Women as Wives: How Uzbekistan’s Justice System Fails to Serve Women

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbekistan’s judicial system perceives women as wives in domestic violence cases and does not shy away from punishing them for responding to abuse.

Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

By Colleen Wood
Under Kazakhstan’s hybrid jury model, jurors and the judge make a final decision together. In this case, the former minister was convicted of murdering his wife and handed a long sentence.  
Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

By Aizada Nuriddenova and Zhanibek Arynov
The number of interactions between high-level Central Asian officials has visibly increased since 2015, from 60 interactions that year to 158 in 2023.

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