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    1. 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...

    2. 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 as...

    1. 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...

    2. 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 project...

    3. 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 per...

    4. 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 the...

    5. 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, the...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 Uighur...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 private...

    10. 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 feet...

    11. 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...

    12. 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 Europe-oriented...

    13. 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 Afghans...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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 – mainly...

    17. 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 assets...

    18. 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 Tsarnaev to...

    19. April 19, 2013

      Boston police seize bombing suspect

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

    20. 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. This...

    21. 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 Asia...

    22. 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 a...

    23. 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...

    24. July 5, 2012

      US confronts challenge of Afghan exit

      Even with the reopening of critical supply routes through Pakistan, the US military confronts a mammoth logistical challenge...

    25. beyondbrics

      April 26, 2012

      Mongolia: mine ownership gets political

      By Nicholas Watson, business new europe A nasty bout of resource nationalism in Central Asia is worrying investors brave...

    26. beyondbrics

      April 16, 2012

      Budget airlines: criss-crossing the Gulf

      A Gulf-based budget airline might sound like a contradiction in terms. But as Camilla Hall reports, Flydubai is one of...

    27. April 12, 2012

      Spanish retailers boosted by emerging markets

      Mango and Puig, two brands from opposite ends of Spain’s retail spectrum, have reported glowing results as strong...

    28. December 16, 2011

      Russia’s migrants living on the edge

      Three times a week at a quarter past three, Batyr goes to Moscow’s Kazansky railway station to meet the train from Tashkent....

    29. October 31, 2011

      Kyrgyz president says US base will be closed

      The newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan positioned himself as an ally of Moscow on Monday, saying a US military base in...

    30. October 30, 2011

      Kyrgyzstan polls pit reformers against nationalists

      The people of Kyrgyzstan went to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first presidental election since Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the...

    31. September 20, 2011

      Russia’s role as global creditor grows

      When the finance minister of Cyprus announced earlier this month that the island was close to agreeing to a €2.5bn ($3.4bn)...

    32. beyondbrics

      August 2, 2011

      Vladimir Antonov goes for the gold

      After the European Investment Bank blocked his multi-million investment in Saab Automobile, Vladimir Antonov needed a new...

    33. beyondbrics

      July 26, 2011

      Bragging rights 2: are we there yet?

      How do you know when you’ve arrived at the global high table? One way, apparently, is to get a bunch of government...

    34. June 30, 2011

      Oxus Gold halts trading on Aim

      Oxus Gold, the UK mining company focused on central Asia, has halted share trading on Aim amid an escalating dispute with...

    35. June 17, 2011

      ENRC founder’s letter fuels governance debate

      Alexander Mashkevich, one of the billionaires behind Eurasian Natural Resources Corp, this week let the world know what he...

    36. May 3, 2011

      Army role suspected in Kyrgyz clashes

      Security forces in Kyrgyzstan may have participated in ethnic violence that killed hundreds in the south of the central...

    37. March 31, 2011

      President firm as change bypasses Kazakhstan

      Just days away from Kazakhstan’s presidential election, Astana, the new capital that has grown in little more than decade...

    38. March 29, 2011

      Kazakhmys outlines $700m spending plan

      Kazakhmys outlined a Chinese-backed $700m capital expenditure programme on Tuesday as it reported a 55 per cent rise in...

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