Yevgeny Prigozhin continues to fund a wide range of 'dirty work' operations across the globe for the Kremlin, none of which officially lead back to Vladimir Putin -- yet the connections are clear.
Many donors have halted support to Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power, but China signaled it wants 'friendly and co-operative' relations with the country -- and its resources.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's recent visit to Tajikistan saw dozens of new agreements between the two countries, with trade and co-operation at an all time high.
Agreements signed as part of the Bactria Food 2021 Trade Forum are opening the way for Tajik agricultural producers to enter new markets and generate more income.
The ability to sell via the popular global platform will expand e-commerce in the region and improve the outlook for Central Asian exports.
The Khujand city government spent $2 million on a new building that would house some of the residents displaced by a failed Chinese development project.
A dubious project by a Chinese construction company in Khujand has displaced Tajik families for six years now.
Experience has soured Tajik officials on those Chinese mining corporations that violate Tajik law. Such corporations often rely on Chinese workers and demand concessions, economists say.
As Central Asian states strengthen their interconnectedness, the market will become more and more attractive to international investors, the US ambassador to Tajikistan said.
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.