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    1. August 11, 2016

      Hunt for wild flowers in the mountains and meadows of Kyrgyzstan

      In the backwash of Brexit my first resort has been Foxit. Shocked by the news, I bolted from Oxford to east Kyrgyzstan...

    2. beyondbrics

      August 10, 2016

      Xinjiang trade raises doubts over China's "Belt and Road" plan

      By Raffaello Pantucci and Anna Sophia Young The vast Chinese northwestern frontier region of Xinjiang may serve as a...

    Special Reports

    1. The New Trade Routes: Silk Road Corridor

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    1. July 19, 2016

      Map: Key projects on the new Silk Road

      1) Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway 2) Khorgos-Aktau railway 3) Central Asia-China gas pipeline 4) Central Asia-China...

    2. FT Alphaville

      July 12, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - The paradox of disclosure. - Eugene Gourevitch’s Kyrgyzstan story: looting, corporate bribery,...

    3. May 9, 2016

      China seeking to revive the Silk Road

      The ancient trade in silk, spices and slaves between China and Europe turned central Asian oases into wealthy business...

    4. May 9, 2016

      Map: Connecting central Asia

      China’s “One Belt, One Road” project aims to make central Asia more connected to the world, yet even before the...

    5. beyondbrics

      April 27, 2016

      China's Silk Road in Central Asia: transformative or exploitative?

      By Sarah Lain, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies The Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB)...

    6. Fast FT

      April 13, 2016

      Sooronbai Jeenbekov named as new Kyrgyz PM

      The Kyrgyz parliament has elected Sooronbai Jeenbekov, former deputy head of the presidential administration, as its...

    7. March 14, 2016

      World Speech Day: The spoken word brings clarity of thought

      Can you smell something different in the air? Does the weather seem fresher and the sky a shade more bright? If so, the...

    8. February 29, 2016

      Marxists’ gifts to the markets

      Business leaders and stock market investors tend not, as a rule, to be staunch supporters of hardline communism. But...

    9. The World

      January 25, 2016

      Russia’s economic ills feed radical Islam in Central Asia

      It emerged this month that Tajikistan’s authorities had forcibly shaved the beards of almost 13,000 men last year as...

    10. December 10, 2015

      Moody's blesses Kyrgyzstan with its first credit rating

      The good news: Moody’s just gave the Kyrgyz Republic its first credit rating, and it’s higher than Greece’s. The less...

    11. October 23, 2015

      Central Asian oil importers hit the buffers

      Economic growth will slow more sharply in central Asia’s oil and gas importers than in its energy exporters this year,...

    12. October 11, 2015

      Taliban advance in Afghanistan sparks Central Asia fears

      Kyrgyzstan is reinforcing its borders in response to Taliban advances in northern Afghanistan, according to the...

    13. October 4, 2015

      Voters celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s democratic experiment

      Kyrgyzstan’s voters went to the polls on Sunday, the latest test of a unique experiment with democracy in a region...

    14. The Exchange

      June 22, 2015

      Afghan military crisis is more acute than a car bomb

      The devastating suicide attack on the Afghan parliament in central Kabul on Monday morning that killed at least six...

    15. March 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin brushes off ‘gossip’ over mystery absence

      Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance in 11 days on Monday, brushing aside rumours that he was seriously ill...

    16. beyondbrics

      March 11, 2015

      Guest post: China and Russia - allies not frenemies in central Asia

      By Diana Gapak, Daniyar Kosnazarov and Gavin Bowring Often likened to being “between a rock and a hard place”, Central...

    17. December 23, 2014

      Eurasian unity under strain even as bloc expands

      Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday a signed a treaty to join the Eurasian Economic Union, expanding the membership of Moscow-led...

    18. December 22, 2014

      Russia’s ills spread around the region

      When Russia sneezes, the rest of the former Soviet Union catches a cold. Last week, as the rouble plunged as much as 36...

    19. December 19, 2014

      Belarus slaps 30% tax on foreign currency purchases

      Belarus has imposed a 30 per cent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 per cent as...

    20. beyondbrics

      December 11, 2014

      Guest post: Russia and China - Friends or 'frenemies'?

      By Joseph Dobbs, European Leadership Network Russian aggression towards Ukraine this past year has seen Vladimir Putin,...

    21. beyondbrics

      November 21, 2014

      Guest post: Kyrgyzstan's dilemma over joining Russian-led customs union

      By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential By most accounts, Kyrgyzstan’s Dordoi Bazaar, which lies on the outskirts of the...

    22. October 19, 2014

      Unrest in China leaves 22 dead following Xinjiang attack

      A new ethnic clash in the restive region of Xinjiang, on China’s central Asian frontier, saw 22 people killed after...

    23. August 29, 2014

      Rongsheng faces potential $1.4bn repayment call after breach

      A heavily indebted Chinese shipbuilder said on Friday that it had “failed to comply” with borrowing covenants and...

    24. June 13, 2014

      Kyrgyzstan: democracy under pressure

      When I travelled to Kyrgyzstan during the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the capital city had a handful of...

    25. June 9, 2014

      Russia’s neighbours: Primary colours

      In the Palace of Independence in Astana, the post-Soviet capital of Kazakhstan, the three heads of state rose to their...

    26. The A-List

      May 14, 2014

      Tiny Kyrgyzstan feels the heat from the Ukraine crisis

      The five central Asian republics, tied to Russia’s overlordship through a welter of economic and social ties, are all...

    27. beyondbrics

      February 28, 2014

      Guest post: some questions about Ukraine

      By Ulrich Schmid of the University of St Gallen Is Ukraine breaking apart? There is a clichéd view of a...

    28. January 20, 2014

      Central Asian states must unite to halt the spread of jihadism

      The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan this year is almost as worrying to the country’s neighbours as to the...

    29. January 7, 2014

      Putin’s attempt to recreate the Soviet empire is futile

      According to Vladimir Putin, the “Eurasian Union” that the Kremlin hopes to forge with two of Russia’s southwestern...

    30. beyondbrics

      December 9, 2013

      Ukraine's muddle-through: running out of time?

      Reports from Kiev say opposition party headquarters have been raided by government troops and independent media outlets...

    31. The World

      October 9, 2013

      Women of the world's central banks

      Janet Yellen’s nomination for the Fed chairmanship is a significant mark in the history of female central bankery –...

    32. May 28, 2013

      Russian companies contest $800m legal battle in Isle of Man court

      A complex multimillion-dollar court battle between two Russian groups over the ownership of Kyrgyzstan mobile telecom...

    33. April 20, 2013

      Boston police seize bombing suspect

      Boston police seized Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspected marathon bomber, on Friday night after a four-day...

    34. April 19, 2013

      The limits of a crowd-sourced manhunt

      The convergence of police Swat teams on the Watertown, Massachusetts neighbourhood where they believed Dzhokhar...

    35. beyondbrics

      March 26, 2013

      Kyrgyzstan takes on mining group

      Another resource-rich country. Another push to renegotiate a deal between the government and a foreign mining company....

    36. March 1, 2013

      The Art Market: from Russia with interest

      Constantly on the lookout for new markets, Sotheby’s London is holding a selling show of contemporary art from Central...

    37. January 25, 2013

      Powder perfect

      I was chewing the last of my chocolate bar when the avalanche happened. We had spent three hard hours climbing to reach...

    38. September 19, 2012

      Highland Gold hit by production costs

      The high price of gold was not enough to prevent a fall in profits at Highland Gold, the Russian miner partly owned by...

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