Kazakhstan

by Vladimir Rozanskij | CENTRAL ASIA

Defence Minister Šojgu - lashing out against those who oppose Moscow's presence "in countries traditionally our friends" - equates Isis terrorists and large pro-Western NGOs. While Kyrgyzstan approves a law "on non-commercial organisations" that is a photocopy of the Russian one and puts foreign financing in the crosshairs.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

After his re-election as president and a few tweaks to the constitution and the system of power, Tokaev insists less and less on democratic reforms in the country, urging a focus on the economy. Going so far as to deny the existence of political prisoners despite the closed-door trials of personalities accused of 'extremism'.

| 23/02/2024
| KAZAKHSTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

An article by the 'Foundation for Science and Politics' in Germany identifies Astana as a major frontier country in today's world. It highlights its ambition for its own 'strategic autonomy' in the delicate game of geopolitical balances. Favoured also by the new space opened up for its economy by the sanctions against Russia.

| 16/02/2024
| CENTRAL ASIA

Today's news: Egypt on the Gaza border sets up camps for Palestinian refugees; South Korean trainee doctors resign from their hospital posts; Ukrainian drones hit one of Russia's largest and most modern landing ships; Thailand boosts tourism from abroad with anti-accident insurance policies.

| 16/02/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Olžas Bektenov, 43 years old and close to President Tokaev, has been appointed to take the place of the recently disolved government. Astana aims for 'renewal', drawing a line under period that began woth 'bloody January' of 2022 that had led to the appointment of Alikhan Smailov as premier. The unknown of the delicate relations with Moscow and Beijing.

| 08/02/2024
| KAZAKHSTAN

Today's news: Tibetan Buddhist monk arrested by Chinese police for publishing books of the exiled community; Yemen's foreign minister is the new premier of  internationally recognised government; Singapore wants to keep 'dangerous' prisoners in jail even at the end of their sentences; Tokaev dismisses the entire Kazakh government, appointing a new interim premier.

| 06/02/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Brussels has promised the Central Asian partners to mobilise substantial resources for state and private investments of up to EUR 10 billion by 2027. The largest part will go towards the creation of the Transcaspian multimodal corridor, which will be the main alternative to the northern route through Russia and Belarus. Moscow's reactions.

| 05/02/2024
| CENTRAL ASIA
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”