Economy & Development
Monday 2 August 2021
30 July 2021
Kyrgyz Heavy Metal: Inside The Mercury Mine Of Aidarken
The huge mercury mine at Aidarken in Kyrgyzstan once supplied the entire Soviet Union. It now produces a fraction of its former output, with many of its shafts still filled with floodwaters that took it out of service from 2009 to 2019.
29 July 2021
Belarusian Opposition Leader: Biden 'Not Indifferent' To Belarus
U.S. President Joe Biden met with self-exiled Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya at the White House on July 28. After the meeting, Tsikhanouskaya said Biden is "not indifferent to what is happening in Belarus." She spoke to reporter Mykhailo Komadovsky.
26 July 2021
The Russian Village Of 'Muddy Continent' Sinks In A Quagmire Of Problems
In Russia's Komi region, the village of Mutny Materik -- or Muddy Continent -- stands in the swamps along the Pechora River, without paved roads or a sewer system. The town's name was recently recognized as the funniest in Russia, but locals find the conditions of life here are no laughing matter.
20 July 2021
No Jab, No Job: Moscow Employers Struggle To Meet Vaccination Requirements
Amid a wave of COVID-19 infections in Russia, Moscow and other local governments have made vaccinations mandatory for workers in sectors such as retail, health care, and transportation. But some managers say their employees have quit rather than get vaccinated.
15 July 2021
As Moldova Heads Into Elections, Transdniester Maintains A Separatist Stance
Parliamentary elections in Moldova are taking place on July 11 without the cooperation of the breakaway region of Trandniester. Most people in the region have Moldovan passports and can travel to nearby districts to vote, but only a few thousand are expected to do so.
02 July 2021
Ukraine's Garbage Becomes Hungary's Problem As It Flows Down The Tisza River
The Tisza River, a major tributary of the Danube, flows from Ukraine into Hungary -- and brings with it thousands of tons of garbage each year. Hungary has urged Ukraine to deal with its trash before it becomes an international issue, but there's no easy solution in sight.
10 June 2021
'This Or Nothing': The Tsarist-Era Prison That Some Call Home
In tsarist Russia, it was a women's prison, but now it's home for poor families with nowhere else to go. Although it's supposed to be temporary accommodation, residents spend years amid its crumbling, ill-lit corridors, waiting for permanent housing.
07 June 2021
How Much Money Has Russia Spent Propping Up Belarus?
As Belarus faces international isolation for its brutal crackdown on opposition voices, it has been able to rely on Russia for support -- both political and economic. Despite a sometimes fraught relationship, Moscow has been pouring money into Belarus since the 1990s.
18 May 2021
Boatless Fish Cop Fights Poaching On Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul
Inspector Adilet Imanbekov is a man with a mission: Warding off poachers from the 28 species of fish in Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk-Kul, the world’s second-largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. But he must rely on others for his boat. Asia 360° took to the water to witness his battles firsthand.