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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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....

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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)...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. February 14, 2011

    Arab wave unlikely to hit former Soviet states

    The jubilant scenes on Cairo’s Tahrir Square that greeted the fall of Hosni Mubarak have been likened to those that...

  30. January 25, 2011

    London small caps: fundraising talk hits Chaarat

    Chaarat Gold Holdings was in focus on Tuesday. Shares in the Aim-listed company, which operates in the Kyrgyz Republic,...

  31. December 3, 2010

    Taste for the west brings success

    Wimm-Bill-Dann was one of the first domestic food and drink companies to emerge in post-Soviet Russia – although it...

  32. November 30, 2010

    Blast in Kyrgyzstan ahead of Clinton visit

    Security forces in Kyrgyzstan were placed on high alert on Tuesday after an explosion rocked the centre of Bishkek two days...

  33. November 29, 2010

    Prince Andrew attacks fraud inquiry ‘idiocy’

    Prince Andrew, a UK government special trade representative, has lambasted the “idiocy” of British anti-corruption...

  34. MBA blog

    November 26, 2010

    Giving thanks

    Our full-time MBA class is a small, tight-knit group of 45 students. The diversity of nationalities in our class is what...

  35. November 17, 2010

    Trial of Bakiyev’s supporters disrupted

    The trial of supporters of Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president, was adjourned on Wednesday after members of the...

  36. November 1, 2010

    No majority after Kyrgyzstan election

    Five parties secured seats in Kyrgyzstan’s new parliament but none won a majority in the October 10 poll, the central Asian...

  37. October 24, 2010

    Kyrgyzstan faces fresh unrest

    Kyrgyzstan was braced for more unrest, after the leader of an ultranationalist party that took the lead in a recent...

  38. October 20, 2010

    Kyrgyz party threatens unrest over vote

    BISHKEK, October 19 – A Kyrgyzstan opposition party rallied in Bishkek on Tuesday, accusing authorities of cheating it of...

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