Reporters Without Borders says certain regimes are taking advantage of the fact that people are stunned and that it was impossible during this crisis for countermeasures to be adopted.
The Russian president is taking advantage of panic over the coronavirus and the world economy to extend his rule into 2036, say observers in Central Asia.
The Eurasian Economic Union's focus should remain purely economic, says Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin. The Kremlin, however, is anxious for more integration.
The real goal of the Russian president is to retain power, say political experts and residents of Central Asia.
Tashkent has opted not to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) because it does not want to return to the orbit of Russia's influence.
Central Asian leaders urged greater unity in security and economic policies to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan and the entire region.
Kazakhs are denouncing the idea of a Russian attack on an Almaty laboratory, and outraged at the Kremlin's continuing reference to Central Asia as Russia's 'underbelly'
Moscow could invoke the pretext of protecting Russian citizens in foreign countries to invade more ex-Soviet states.
Uzbekistan is encouraging the Ribbon of Glory as its own symbol of victory in World War II instead of using Russia's St. George's Ribbon.
Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his daughter will remain prominent in Kazakh politics, and the capital Astana is being renamed 'Nursultan' after the former president.