Straws on a camel’s back

The "aeroplane affair" between Russia and Tajikistan, as I suspected, shows no sign of landing (excuse the pun) anytime soon. Konstantin Parshin has - again - written an excellent article summarising what's happened over the last few days, so if you're not following this story elsewhere (and even if you are), do read what he has to …

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Russian pilots and Tajik workers, or How to lose friends and alienate people

For the last few weeks, I haven't had any interesting stories to report under my favourite 'bureaucratic madness' category. Central Asia seems to have been a pretty sensible place of late. However, I'm pleased to report that the Tajik government is back on form with a new episode of red tape craziness. As I've suggested …

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Hillary Clinton’s visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

A slightly light-hearted post today as I've spent the last few days unwell and my mind is not in serious analysis mode right now! As anyone in Central Asia will know, the American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a short visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan over the weekend. This post is a round-up of …

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