Category Archives: Central Asia

Kazakhstan Passes Polemic Labor Code

Almaty recently announced the implementation of a revised labor code. The controversial code is rife with regulations that harm ordinary workers, leading many analysts to dub it a “bill against the people.” Deliberation on a new labor code started in the latter half of 2015, sparking contention from the onset. The code was developed by [...]
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Kazakh Tenge Among Worst Performing Currencies in Europe

Market analytics group Forex Club announced this week that Kazakhstan’s tenge is among the least valuable currencies in Europe. While the Kazakh Central Bank blames the depreciation on falling oil prices, analysts say the situation is far more complex and point to systemic mismanagement. From 2014-2015, the tenge suffered a 124% devaluation in relation to [...]
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Kyrgyz Worried about Unrestricted Travel from China

Following Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev’s December 14-17 visit to China, the government announced that it plans to abolish the visa regime for Chinese citizens. Local analysts and residents are worried about unabated Chinese expansion as a result of this policy. Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Economy and Industry, Arzybek Kozhoshev, who was part of the Kyrgyz [...]
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Kyrgyzstan Looks to Curb Radical Islamism

Worried about the growth of religious extremism and fundamental Islam in Kyrgyzstan, authorities are introducing new measures in handling religious affairs. But experts say the real root of radicalism in the country lies in its many social problems. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev met with the Director of the State Religious Affairs Commission, Orozbek Moldaliyev, on [...]
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Rahmon Named Tajik National Leader

A new law passed in Tajikistan declares current President Emomali Rahmon “Leader of the Nation.” While the exact meaning of the title is unclear, Dushanbe is abuzz with speculation that the Rahmon family is preparing to rule the country forever. The new law grants Rahmon full immunity and impunity, meaning he will not be held [...]
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