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GDP per capita in Kazakhstan, left, is approximately seven times the level in Kyrgyzstan. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/Nikkei)

Central Asia's north-south divide

The numbers behind the differing fortunes of five former Soviet republics

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | Mongolia, Central Asia, Afghanistan

LONDON -- Despite starting from similar points upon the collapse of the USSR, the economies of the five Central Asian former Soviet republics have taken divergent paths since independence.

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