Pro-Kremlin elements in Moldova’s anti-government protests are embracing aggressive tactics as they try to capitalize on public frustration with rampant corruption and disrupt the country’s Western integration efforts.
Uzbekistan has pledged more transparency in a cotton industry blighted by a reputation for relying on child labor and press-ganging of unwilling individuals. Yet, authorities are hounding those trying to determine whether the government is keeping its word.
Kazakhstan held poetry jamborees, horse races, musical performances, wrestling competitions and even a marathon push-ups session to mark the 550th anniversary of the creation of a Kazakh khanate, as authorities fired up patriotic pride.
One afternoon in late August, members of Tajikistan’s last real opposition party turned up at the Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel for a news conference, intending to discuss the latest wave of government intimidation they were facing.
The Georgian government is now providing state-funded healthcare for roughly 90 percent of the country’s 4.5 million people. But economic experts in Tbilisi wonder whether the state’s efforts to provide universal healthcare are stressing the treasury.
A campaign slogan – “Mortgages at 10 Percent Interest!” – is featured on a billboard touting a leading contender in Kyrgyzstan’s October 4 parliamentary elections. For many in this Central Asian nation, which is grappling with high inflation and currency depreciation, the cheap-credit pledge seems too good to be true.