Tagged: Central Asia

Oil wars

Oil wars

It looks as though Russia’s neighbours have made a New Year’s resolution for 2007 – to demonstrate to Russia that they too can flex their energy muscles. In the past few days: Belarus have...

Turkmenistan President dies

Turkmenistan President dies

The breaking news this morning is that Turkmenistan’s oddball dictator / President Saparmurat Niyazov died of a heart attack late last night. The news was announced on state television, over the image of a...

Russia, China AND India to hold joint military exercises?

Russia, China AND India to hold joint military exercises?

For China and India to become involved in a joint military exercise with Russia is a pretty far-fetched idea at the moment, I’d say,, but Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, in India to observe...

Closed cities from the inside

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it...

US military bases – the economic impact

US military bases – the economic impact

Intel Dump has a post about US basing strategy which, as part of its argument repeats a claim that the US base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, contributes so heavily to the local economy that it...

China to send troops to Kyrgyzstan

China to send troops to Kyrgyzstan

Liu Jianchao, a spokesman from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has reportedly said that China will "seriously consider" sending troops to Kyrgyzstan, RIA Novosti reports today.  The same report though goes on to say that...

Unrest in Uzbekistan

Unrest in Uzbekistan

Protests on Friday in the Eastern Uzbek town of Andijan (Andizhan) have turned into a major flashpoint, with at least ten, possibly more than fifty, dead after a clash between troops and protestors.  Despite...

Russia’s muted reaction

Russia’s muted reaction

I’ve only been able to find one official comment from Russia about the events in Kyrgyzstan today. From the looks of it, Russia is keeping its mouth more or less shut while it reconciles...

Kyrgyzstan: what chance peacekeepers?

Kyrgyzstan: what chance peacekeepers?

Continuing protests in southern Kyrgyzstan are giving rise to speculation that Russia might intervene militarily.  Democracy Guy and Registan.net both correctly say, however, that the Russian military isn’t capable of an unwanted intervention (read:...

Kyrgyzstan protests escalate

Kyrgyzstan protests escalate

Anti-government protests in the southern Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad seem to be spiralling beyond the control of President Askar Akayev and his government today.  Nathan at registan.net is continuing to do a...