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Russians Flock to EU Court in Long-Shot Bids to Topple Sanctions

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On the picture: Dmitry Konov filed his appeal at the EU General Court in Luxembourg on June 1.Source: Bloomberg

  • Some 20 sanctioned billionaires have filed EU court appeals
  • EU sanctions challenges can last many years, with wins rare

As Russia stumbles, Turkey and Kazakhstan sense opportunity

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On the picture: Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during their meeting at the Kremlin on February 10, 2022. Since then, Russian-Kazakh ties have become less secure. Photo: Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin

Kazakhstan is being wooed by Turkish investment and military hardware

US refocuses on Central Asia after Russia's show of Eurasian solidarity

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As Eurasia becomes a hotbed of strategic alliances amid growing geopolitical uncertainty stretching from Afghanistan to Ukraine, the United States has dispatched a high-level delegation on a five-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan to strengthen its relations with the Central Asian countries.  


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When US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III declared that Washington wanted to see Russia so “weakened” that it would no longer be able to invade a neighbouring state, he lifted the veil on US goals in Ukraine. He also held out the prospect of a long-term US-Russian contest for power and influence.

How Western Media Framed Kazakhstan’s Protests

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Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 5. Abduaziz Madyarov/AFP via Getty Images

Harrowing images of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have shocked the public—but also raised tough questions about whose lives matter in the West.Critics have focused on the telling contrast in coverage between the welcome given to Ukrainian refugees and the cold shoulder given to those from countries like Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan as well as the lack of assistance provided to African and South Asian students trying to leave Ukraine. Before the Russian invasion, however, another country in Eurasia elicited similar questions.

The silence is broken: What lies ahead for universities?

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On 2 January 2022 ‘Bloody January’ erupted in Kazakhstan, taking the form of massive protests and violent demonstrations. These were the direct result of a sudden increase in liquified gas prices the day before, but more generally were part of a metastasising unease with the government and with economic inequality.

How Kazakhstan society is divided over the Russia-Ukraine war

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In Kazakhstan, where a Soviet past still lingers, there are clear generational divides in opinion towards Putin’s invasion

Turkmenistan’s dynastic transfer of power has a twist

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Turkmenistan’s transition ushers in a new hybrid model of governance, but its entrenched authoritarian system and all-pervasive kleptocracy is unlikely to change.

Russia-Ukraine war recasts Turkish policies and priorities

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Erdogan sees opportunity in Ukraine crisis, including enhanced global role and dramatic reset in ties with Israel, as he weighs next steps in Libya and elections next year.

The wider implications of the attempted coup in Kazakhstan


President Tokayev’s deadly suppression of the January 2022 uprising has sidelined ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, left China wary and strengthened Russia’s hand.

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