International aid is helping the neighbours prosper together and prevent desperation that can drive extremism.
People in Central Asia are increasingly voicing opinions about the need to focus on regional economic integration -- but the Kremlin is working overtime to prevent that from happening.
The creation of a single financial regulatory body will have far-reaching economic and political consequences for Central Asia, including Russia controlling the currencies of member states.
Moscow has called on illegal migrants, many of whom come from Central Asia, to leave the country by June 15 or face deportation.
Moscow sells its EEU as giving members favourable conditions for multilateral trade, but in reality the rules of the union are not the same for everyone -- especially Russia.
Stakeholders are calling for an investigation into the deal that many see simply as a Russian takeover of the country's second largest gold mine.
A long history of abuse, discrimination, demands for bribes, being cheated out of their pay, and beatings by civilians and even by police are keeping migrants home.
Beijing exploitative terms for its enormous loans are causing widespread fear in Kyrgyzstan as the country faces the prospect of losing mineral assets after China tacked on a 2% 'late fee'.
Under the World Bank's recommended numbers, about 13% of China's population still lives in poverty, a far cry from the Communist Party's trumpeted 'miracle' of total eradication.
The Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) wants to regulate online commerce across the region, but observers say the move will benefit only Russian businesses.