Media How the Kremlin employs an 'ecosystem' of disinformation and propaganda 2020-08-07 Moscow uses a combination of official channels, state-run media outlets, proxy websites, the weaponisation of social media, and hackers to create a multiplier effect for its disinformation. Business 2020-08-07 Deadly blast in Beirut tied to troubled, Russian-leased ship Because of financial and diplomatic disputes, the ship was abandoned by a Russian businessman, and workers moved its lethal cargo to a dockside warehouse in Beirut. Energy 2020-08-06 EU-Turkmen pipeline talks continue amid pushback from Russia, Iran The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCGP) project remains a key part of the European Union's energy security strategy, but Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly tried to torpedo it. Environment 2020-08-05 Work begins on cleanup of Soviet-era Kyrgyz uranium waste sites The Soviets abandoned several such sites in Central Asia, bequeathing radioactive, toxic waste that endangers public health and the environment. Human Rights 2020-08-04 Uighur scholars vanish in China amid Beijing's bid to 'extinguish' ethnic identity The rounding up of linguists, scholars and publishers is seen as a move by the Chinese government to erase the ethnic group's identity and assimilate it into the Mandarin-speaking Han majority. Human Rights 2020-08-03 Pandemic aggravates human-rights abuses, domestic violence in Central Asia More vulnerable residents are at risk as governments focus on combatting the coronavirus outbreak. How helpful has China been to Central Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic? Very helpful. It provided medical equipment and loans. Mixed. It provided some assistance but could have done more. Not helpful. It provided deficient equipment and spread disinformation. I don't know. View Results Spotlight How the Kremlin employs an 'ecosystem' of disinformation and propaganda Moscow uses a combination of official channels, state-run media outlets, proxy websites, the weaponisation of social media, and hackers to create a multiplier effect for its disinformation. Human Rights 2020-07-31 Russia faces labour exodus as Central Asian migrants lose jobs, head elsewhere Migrants in Russia were nearly twice as likely to lose their jobs as local residents amid the pandemic, reveals new research. Security 2020-07-30 Russian mercenaries arrested in Belarus for plotting to destablise country Central Asia looks on warily as another country deemed of interest to the Kremlin -- and one that doesn't follow Putin's orders -- falls victim to Russian hybrid warfare. Security 2020-07-29 Ceasefire declared in Afghanistan as long awaited peace talks on horizon A potential peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban would have far reaching consequences for the region and beyond. CONNECT WITH US: Subscribe to Caravanseai's newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Health 2020-07-28 25 million infected? Dubious COVID-19 numbers stoke panic in Iran Of the country's 80 million citizens, 25 million have been infected, with 30-35 million more facing infection in the future, according to elevated claims announced by President Hassan Rouhani. Health 2020-07-27 In photos: Kyrgyz battle worsening COVID-19 pandemic Poor quality test kits, disinformation, and a shortage of hospitals and medical personnel are worsening the crisis in Kyrgyzstan. Security 2020-07-27 New imagery shows Russian military supplying Wagner Group in Libya The satellite photos show Russian military cargo aircraft, air defence equipment, and mine-resistant, ambush-protected armoured vehicles being supplied to Wagner mercenaries. Media 2020-07-24 Russian, Chinese disinformation stirs pandemic panic in Kazakhstan The two regimes are ganging up on their shared neighbour Kazakhstan by spreading unfounded allegations -- and people are dying as a result. Security 2020-07-24 Russia's hypocrisy on display with anti-satellite weapon test US and UK officials say the test highlights Moscow's hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control and threatens the peaceful use of space. Health 2020-07-24 EU allocates €3 million to fight COVID-19 in Central Asia Two million Kazakhs will receive testing for the coronavirus infection, and more than 5,000 healthcare workers will undergo training. Human Rights 2020-07-23 Radio programme reveals extent of Turkmen oppression by Iranian regime A recent report detailed how Iranian authorities are systematically violating the rights of ethnic Turkmens in Iran, and trying to erase the group's identity and past. Technology 2020-07-23 China has become 'safe haven for cyber criminals' The charge comes after two Chinese nationals were indicted for trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and intellectual property, among a number of other cyber related crimes. Health 2020-07-22 Kazakh military adapts to realities of COVID-19 pandemic Amid the pandemic and quarantine, the army has revised combat training and is performing disinfection procedures, while military doctors are helping their civilian counterparts treat patients. Human Rights 2020-07-21 China harnesses forced labour in Xinjiang to manufacture PPE for world export Beijing is making massive profits by selling personal protection equipment, such as masks, to countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic -- and is forcing Muslim minorities to do the work. Health 2020-07-21 UK 'absolutely confident' Russian intelligence behind COVID-19 vaccine hack Britain, the United States and Canada have accused a hacking group linked to Russian intelligence of seeking to steal virus research. Media 2020-07-20 Central Asian journalists doubt claims of Russian colleague's 'treason' The Kremlin's oppression of independent-minded reporters is a time-honoured tradition, and the most recent arrest of Ivan Safronov on trumped-up charges is just the latest example. Analysis 2020-07-17 Alarm grows over threat posed by Chinese regime to world community Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in territorial rows, and is using disinformation campaigns, bribery, blackmail, intellectual property theft and espionage to try to gain an upper hand. Terrorism 2020-07-16 Recruitment of Uzbeks into extremist groups may be seeing 'final days' Following a series of major arrests in Uzbekistan and a rapid decline in power of extremist groups in Syria, many observers say the failed idea of the so-called 'caliphate' is finally setting in. Human Rights 2020-07-15 Pressure mounts on China as ICC receives dossier on Xinjiang 'genocide' Evidence from over the past ten years points to a state-run programme involving forced labour, mass detention and involuntary birth control of Muslims in Xinjiang. Security 2020-07-15 Verified photos show Wagner Group's indiscriminate laying of mines in Libya Moscow's bid to take over Libya via its mercenary army has become an increasing embarrassment to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Terrorism 2020-07-14 Kazakhstan's annual gun buy-back campaign collects more than 100 weapons so far This year's campaign is taking place online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Politics 2020-07-13 The Kremlin stoked homophobia to boost Putin's referendum turnout Russian authorities used fear to drum up support for constitutional amendments that included a reset of term limits for President Vladimir Putin. Politics 2020-07-10 Political stagnation looms as Putin cements his rule as 'president for life' By pushing back the crucial question of who could someday replace him, Vladimir Putin risks era of stagnation similar to 'period zastoya' that precipitated the end of the Soviet Union. Terrorism 2020-07-09 Reported Russian bounties on US troops draw rebuke in Central Asia Fanning the conflict in Afghanistan is in part aimed at persuading Central Asian states to depend on Russia for security, said one observer. Health 2020-07-08 Resurgence of COVID-19 sweeps through Central Asia Countries that lifted restrictions in May are under siege by the coronavirus again.