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Ukrainian Crisis, Turkey and Eurasia: Who Wins?

... transactions remains a challenge. However, over time this problem will be solved. Having built “alternate airfields” in neighbouring countries, business may well return to Russia. Turkmenistan is likely to benefit tangibly from rising gas prices. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, on the contrary, may lose due to the reduction in the inflow of remittances from Russia due to the contraction of the market. Uzbekistan is more stable in this regard due to the larger scale of the economy. The Republic of Belarus ...


Who Will Solve the Kyrgyz–Tajik Energy Crisis?

The two Central Asian states seem to be in a predicament, where increased investment on the energy sector is needed During October, the Toktogul Reservoir, the main supporting pillar of the largest HPP in Kyrgyzstan, reported a record low of 12.3 billion cubic meters of water, which is significantly below the 19-billion cubic meter capacity. This led Deputy Energy Minister Taalaibek Ibrayev to admit that there might not be enough water next year even for ...


Russia and Central Asia: Between Pragmatism and Geopolitics

... Director Timofei Bordachev. Therefore, in the future, Russia will rely on the independent capabilities of regional states and interaction with China, which is no less interested in its internal stability than Moscow. The recent armed border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as the extremely uncertain prospects for the central government in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US and its allies, have forced us to re-examine the question of the extent of Russia’s responsibility for what ...


Moscow Is Still Central Asia’s Top Security Ally

With the Chinese engagement and great power competition on the rise, Russia keeps a vigilant eye on the -Stans The latest months have been chaotic in Kyrgyzstan, where the fraudulent parliamentary elections held in October resulted in a popular uprising, as President Sooronbay Jeenbekov lost his grip on the population. A few hours following the elections, the Russian Defense Ministry declared to have ...


Determining Factors of Election Protests in the Post-Soviet Space

... contender was previously part of power structures and how loyal security forces are to the incumbent’s administration In the second half of 2020, within a time span of two months, post-election protests occurred in two former Soviet countries. In Kyrgyzstan, the protests after the October parliamentary elections led to a swift and complete replacement of people at the very top of the decision-making structure, without attracting much international attention. On the other hand, in Belarus, where ...


Moscow’s New Rules

Russia is learning to mind its limitations, to repel residual nostalgia and to think straight, putting issues before personalities, staying focused on its own interests Simultaneous crises in Belarus, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Kyrgyzstan have demonstrated Russia’s maturing approach to its neighborhood. Russia is learning to mind its limitations; to repel residual nostalgia; and to think straight, putting issues before personalities, and staying focused on its own interests,...


А Hen Hatching Ducklings

... rushing along the riverbank and calling back home her beloved ducklings, but this is hopeless -they will never come back”. I recall this metaphor when I look at the current reaction from the Kremlin to events in Belarus, in the South Caucasus and in Kyrgyzstan. The ducklings — each of them in its own way — are deserting the henhouse and are trying to get to the river. Will they make it? Nobody knows for sure. Vladimir Putin, unlike Mikhail Gorbachev, does not watch this in bitter despair; he ...


The reason for the queues on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border and potential solutions

... Yuri Kofner, non-residential research fellow, Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies, editor-in-chief analytical media “Eurasian Studies”. Munich, 11 June 2020. The problem Serious problems arose in trade and economic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. At the end of May 2020, huge lines of heavy trucks formed on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border. Truckers stand in a multi-kilometer traffic jam and cannot get into Kazakhstan. The discontent of the Kyrgyz side was caused by the fact ...


The Paradoxes of Social and Economic Development in Central Asia

... also been observed in GDP composition, with a significant fall in the share of agriculture. Yet the region’s economies are still dependent either on mineral exports (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) or on workforce exports (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan). Considering the small middle class – its absolute size is difficult to ascertain, but it includes about 30 per cent of the population (from 35 per cent in Kazakhstan to 5 per cent in Tajikistan) – and the small domestic market, the countries ...


Prospects for the Fight against Extremism and Terrorism in the Central Asian Region

... the region. A new trend is for radical Islamists to engage increasingly in crime while ordinary criminals are themselves turning to radical Islamism, particularly in western Kazakhstan. Prisons have become breeding grounds for Islamic extremism (as in Kyrgyzstan and some Russian regions). All prisons in Kazakhstan have turned “green,” which is the term for institutions informally controlled by Islamists (as opposed to “black” prisons, which are controlled by traditional criminals, and “red” ...


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