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Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit
February 25, 2021

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit

By Catherine Putz
Russia as a first destination for a Kyrgyz president is no surprise; it’s essentially tradition.

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead
February 22, 2021

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov, who pleaded guilty to corruption earlier this month and got off with a fine, may face new charges.
In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested
February 19, 2021

In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested

By Catherine Putz
A week ago, Matraimov pleaded guilty to corruption and was fined $3,000. He may soon face new charges.

Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan
February 18, 2021

Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Another investor has left Kazakhstan, highlighting the worsening business climate. 

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov
February 16, 2021

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov

By Catherine Putz
After a tumultuous 2020, Kyrgyzstan faces continued political and economic challenges in 2021.

Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports
February 16, 2021

Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports

By Umida Hashimova
Accessing seaports at lower costs and shorter distances is a decades-old issues Tashkent is trying to solve, Pakistani ports might be the answer. 

Are the Uyghurs Safe in Turkey?
February 13, 2021

Are the Uyghurs Safe in Turkey?

By Nicholas Muller
Many in the Uyghur diaspora feel they have a target on their back.
Son of Turkmenistan’s President Gets New Post
February 13, 2021

Son of Turkmenistan’s President Gets New Post

By Catherine Putz
Serdar Berdimuhamedov will be joining the Cabinet of Ministers, another step on the road to a dynasty. 

A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push
February 12, 2021

A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push

By Corissa Steiner
Tashkent has promoted privatization schemes before. Is this time different?

Matraimov Admits Guilt in Corruption Scheme, Gets Off With Tiny Fine
February 11, 2021

Matraimov Admits Guilt in Corruption Scheme, Gets Off With Tiny Fine

By Catherine Putz
Despite investigative journalists finding his hands deep in a $700 million smuggling scheme, Matraimov will do no jail time.

Small Protests Persist Outside Chinese Consulate in Kazakhstan
February 11, 2021

Small Protests Persist Outside Chinese Consulate in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
In Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital and largest city, a group of mostly old women have continued to protest Chinese policies in Xinjiang.
Off the Hook: Acquittals of Swedish Telecom Officials Linked to Uzbek Bribery Scandal Upheld
February 10, 2021

Off the Hook: Acquittals of Swedish Telecom Officials Linked to Uzbek Bribery Scandal Upheld

By Ian J. Lynch
The acquittal of Swedish executives whose company admitted to bribing Gulnara Karimova for access to the Uzbek telecom market undermines anti-corruption efforts.

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