No Simple Case of Allegiance: Debunking the Radical Islam Stereotype in Central Asia

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The bomb attacks in the Uzbek capital Tashkent in August once again appeared to raise the spectre of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in Central Asia. But to see Islam as the only – or even the driving – force in Central Asia is a grave error to…

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The Banking Sector’s False Alarm: Despite Changes in the System, Old Fears Are Hard to Overcome

The inter-bank liquidity crisis in June that followed the withdrawal of licenses from two banks for money laundering provoked, perhaps inevitably, much speculation about a banking crisis, and once again threw the spotlight on Russian banking reforms. Taking advantage of its supervisory powers and new money laundering laws to clamp…

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Tonic for Fever

Despite the slew of headline-grabbing news in recent months about the arrests of several of Russia’s leading businessmen, the failure of the pro-business liberal parties Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces and the success of the nationalist-oriented Rodina party in the Duma elections, property professionals and real estate investors…

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Upbeat Under Threat

Despite the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky last year and the subsequent calls for the deprivatisation of property by some political parties such as Rodina, the real estate market has been little affected so far. As Oleg Myshkin, Director at Colliers International in Moscow, says, the arrest of Khodorkovsky and all…

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