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After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan
December 14, 2019

After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Individuals implicated in massive corruption exposed in a recent joint investigation by  RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, OCCRP, and Kloop have hit back with a lawsuit.

Another Atambayev Ally Faces Corruption Charges in Kyrgyzstan
October 29, 2018

Another Atambayev Ally Faces Corruption Charges in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Ikramjan Ilmiyanov, a former adviser to previous Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, faces corruption charges.
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
March 15, 2018

Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges

By Catherine Putz
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, a young rising political star, faced a rapid downfall after being accused of embezzlement.

The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
February 23, 2018

The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’

By Stephen M. Bland
New rounds of litigation add to the opaque case of fugitive ex-Kazakh minister Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Telia's Exit Consolidates State Ownership in Kazakhstan Telecoms Sector
February 20, 2018

Telia's Exit Consolidates State Ownership in Kazakhstan Telecoms Sector

By Paolo Sorbello
Hit by scandals across Central Asia, Telia to sell its stake in Kcell, the largest mobile operator, to state-owned Kazakhtelecom.

Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
April 21, 2017

Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
As Kyrgyzstan enters a “nascent economic recovery" it will be vitally important for Bishkek to listen to the people.

Telia Declares Deal to Sell Tajik Stake Invalid
April 03, 2017

Telia Declares Deal to Sell Tajik Stake Invalid

By Catherine Putz
Thanks to Tajik government inaction, Telia remains mired in Tajikistan.
Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket
February 03, 2017

Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket

By Kristian Lasslett
Tashkent wants nearly $1 billion in frozen assets back, but the state is complicit in the original corruption.

Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
February 03, 2017

Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme

By Catherine Putz
The January 16 crash at Manas may have blown back the cover of a smuggling operation.

Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
January 19, 2017

Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
This week Rolls-Royce agreed to pay $800 million to settle corruption investigations in the U.S., UK, and Brazil.

Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
November 17, 2016

Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia

By Catherine Putz
A new report details public perceptions and experiences with corruption.
Karimova’s Irish Connection
June 14, 2016

Karimova’s Irish Connection

By Casey Michel
If high-level talks fail, the US is poised to seize $114 million held in Irish bank accounts.

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