By damaging Ukrainian export infrastructure and offering discounted grain to vulnerable developing nations, Moscow is 'pretending to solve a problem it created itself'.
Ukrainian grain and vegetable oil sooner or later will replace Russian products on Uzbek shelves, analysts say.
Uzbeks are turning to Europe for work in increasing numbers as the situation in Russia deteriorates and they face possible military recruitment.
Tashkent is also buying more flour from its northern neighbour every year, and is exporting wheat and flour as emergency aid to Afghanistan.
Per capita economic growth has been steady for some years, and some 2.3 million receive social benefits. But this alone is not enough.
In the uncertain job market, viral social media videos share tips on where to sleep when you are unemployed, where to find free food and how to take free showers at hotels.
Russian customers are reduced to buying cars that let in dust, cold and fumes, often nicknamed 'tin cans' and 'coffins on wheels'.
Kazakhs push for continued compliance with Western sanctions after an undercover Russian journalist was turned away from multiple automobile dealerships in Kazakhstan.
A growing body of evidence shows that China is extracting Afghanistan's natural resources through illegal workarounds, bribery and smuggling.
Satellite imagery shows a sevenfold increase in mercenaries' graves in one cemetery alone over the past two months as a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine continues to produce bloody results.