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Russian Economic Assistance to Central Asian Countries: Results in a Span of Twenty Years’ Partnership

Yury K. Zaitsev – Senior Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor (Moscow, Russia). Е-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The article reviews projects aimed at economic assistance to Central Asian countries implemented by Russia in a span of twenty years. The review encompasses key partnership areas: education, digitalization, ramp up of national potential, and food security. That said, both bilateral and multilateral Russian projects undergo review. Availability of information was the key in projects selection and cannot fully reflect the RF efforts in the region. The analysis demonstrated that Russia continues widely using the multilateral mechanisms for the provision of its assistance.

The article was prepared within the implementation of the state research order by RANEPA.

Key words: official development assistance, Central Asia, World bank, Russian Federation.