Energy nexus: Russia and Central Asia

MOSCOW. (Ian Pryde for RIA-Novosti) – Last Thursday, Russia’s President Putin arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the start of a week-long visit to Central Asia, which will focus on energy. But the visit is not just about oil and gas. Electricity generation and transmission and atomic energy…

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Central Asia – the distorted reality

MOSCOW. (Ian Pryde for RIA Novosti) The inauguration of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on February 13 as the new president of Turkmenistan was notable for his speech announcing greater access to the Internet and mobile telephony – a welcome breath of fresh air after Saparmurat Niyazov’s outdated personality cult. But in an…

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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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Когда понимаешь, что соседи ближе

Coverage of a summit meeting in Tashkent between President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and President Askar Akayev of the Kyrgyz Republic. Res Publica is not an incorrect transliteration of the Russian word Республика, but the newspaper’s correct designation in Latin – the masthead contains the standard Russian translation of the…

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