Legislation reverses former Soviet model of state control over energy industry. Kazakstan’s new labour law has been welcomed by employers as a positive move towards liberalisation which will help the country weather a harsh economic period.
Analysts say that power play is motivated by competition over energy resources.
Kyrgystan’s membership of a Moscow-led trading bloc has softened the blow for its citizens, but Uzbeks and Tajiks are clearly suffering. (more…)
Drivers of passenger vehicles on a trunk road seem to have forgotten how to undergo a checkout at transportation checkpoints. Instead of papers, they rush to officers with 20 som in their hands. Some smart officers sometimes stop heavy trucks and manage to get some coal. Investigative journalists of KTRK have found out that these payments are illegal and not intended for the budget. (more…)