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Ethnic Kazakh's life in balance as deportation to China looms

A trial taking place in a small quiet town in eastern Kazakhstan,...

Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

One of the most popular means to get around Tajikistan’s capital is...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

Uzbekistan has said it has reached an agreement with Russia to jointly...

Kazakhstan’s banks to gain access to Uzbekistan

The central banks of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have come together to agree...

Kazakhstan: Giant Squirrel Stirs Backlash

A giant squirrel astride a busy main road in Almaty, Kazakhstan, caused...

Kazakhstan, Russia celebrate 20 years of friendship despite the cracks

At the official level at least, Kazakhstan and Russia have been exchanging...

Kyrgyzstan: Rescue helicopter crashes in mountains with tourists onboard

A military helicopter in Kyrgyzstan has crashed during a rescue of tourists trapped...

Kazakhstan’s Astana turns 20: A tale of two capitals

The capital of Kazakhstan has just enjoyed a 20th-birthday blowout costing more...

Kazakhstan: New law limits outflow of money

A law has come into effect in Kazakhstan stiffening control over the...

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

With a showman’s flourish, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 5 opened...

Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia

Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian...

Kazakhstan is throttling the internet when the president’s rival is online

Every evening for the past four months, social media websites have become...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Kazakhstan: Feisty newspaper rages against the dying of the light

Three years after recovering from an attempt on his life...

Report highlights plight of Kyrgyz forced laborers in Kazakhstan

A detailed report by an international human rights organization has documented how...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

Russia has transferred at least five warships out of the Caspian Sea...

Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in...

Kazakhstan: Senate speaker signals Nazarbayev won't run in 2020

The speaker of Kazakhstan’s parliament has dropped a political bombshell by stating...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Uzbekistan: Ferghana farmers seek fortune in Karakalpakstan wilderness

It is five in the morning. Khayotjon Mamadaliyev is doing the rounds...

Kazakhstan: Ablyazov-linked trial kicks off amid scuffles

A courthouse in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, was a picture of chaos...

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

Browsers at Crossover, a comic-book store in Almaty, sometimes need some nudging....

Azerbaijan acquires new missiles in escalating arms race with Armenia

Azerbaijan has displayed new missiles it has bought from Belarus and Israel,...

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

Russia’s top diplomat has reportedly chided Kazakhstan over Astana’s decision to provide...

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

The concept of Russkii Mir (the Russian World) has been one of...

Kazakhstan and renewables: Make-believe or visionary trend-setting?

A friendly cartoon character appears onscreen and fantasizes about how “grand wizard...

Kazakhstan tackles panic following meningitis cases

Authorities in Kazakhstan are scrambling to reassure the public that they have...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

The joy that Tursynzhan Yesenalyuly felt in moving to his ethnic homeland...

Kazakhstan: Russian military to leave Baikonur base?

A senior official in Kazakhstan has confirmed that the government is considering...

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Svetlana Tynybekova was born in 1939, on the tail-end of a tidal...

Uzbekistan assailed by cataclysmic sand and salt storm

Remote western regions of the Uzbekistan have for several days been assailed...

Kyrgyzstan OKs extradition of Ablyazov supporter to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have agreed to grant a request from neighboring Kazakhstan...

Kazakhstan: Senators down on getting high

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament have...

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

After a long hibernation, organized political opposition is making a comeback in...

Kazakhstan: Local tycoon arrested on corruption charges

Security services in Kazakhstan said on May 23 that they have arrested...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

Armenia hopes to benefit from new Iran-Eurasian Union free trade deal

Armenia has welcomed a historic new free-trade agreement between the Russian-led Eurasian...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

Akhal-Teke is a weekly Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Kazakhstan banker detained in Moscow

A banker from Kazakhstan has been detained by police in Moscow at...

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Kazakhstan: Police crack down on anti-government rallies

A rights group in Kazakhstan has said numerous people were detained by...

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Kyrgyzstan: Probe into ex-deputy PM reveals unexplained riches

An investigation in Kyrgyzstan into the holdings of a former deputy prime...

Kazakhstan: Government dips into pension pot to help banks

The president of Kazakhstan has promised to put an end to state...

Kazakhstan may close local elections to independents

Fresh legislation on elections in Kazakhstan could consolidate the ruling party in...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

Central Asian states are collectively known as a wellspring of migrants, most...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Mystery over 2014 illnesses in western Kazakhstan village rumbles on

Four years on, the mystery over a village in Kazakhstan where dozens...

Kazakhstan: President’s remarks precipitate crisis at bank

With words he hoped would serve as a sharp kick in the...

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a 71-year old woman to...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

Kazakhstan adopts Hollywood glamor to energize cinema industry

Mondays are not normally a busy day for cinemas, but at least...

Kazakhstan issues hacker warning to banks

Kazakhstan’s security services are sounding the alarm about a possible increase in...

Kazakhstan to send 120 peacekeepers to Lebanon

A senior Defense Ministry official in Kazakhstan has said that 120 troops...

End of the line for Kazakhstan’s independent journalism?

Sometimes, Zeinulla Kakimzhanov enjoys appearing in Forbes magazine....

Kazakhstan threatens to block Telegram

Kazakhstan has warned it will block the popular Telegram messaging app unless...

Armenia suspends Schengen visa processor’s activities due to links with Turkey - reports

Armenia’s Justice Ministry suspended activities at a Turkey-linked company hired by the...

Kazakhstan: Police detain top reporter for local Forbes

Police in Kazakhstan have raided the offices of the local online edition...

Kyrgyzstan: Former presidential candidate accused of coup-plotting

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have opened a second criminal investigation against former...

China assures Kazakhstan that US trade offensive won't hit imports

China has pledged to boost imports from Kazakhstan and guaranteed that US...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Kazakhstan Reacts to Kemerovo Disaster with Snap Checks

Kazakhstan has responded to a deadly blaze at a shopping mall in...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Figure Sparks Balloon Crackdown 

When Kazakhstan’s Public Enemy No. 1 ordered his supporters to brandish blue...

Kazakhstan’s 1930s Famine Gets Film Treatment as Memories Fade

The set for Berkutchi, a movie production about the manmade famine that...

Uzbekistan Opens New Railway Routes to Kyrgyzstan, Russia

A weekly train running the route from the capital of Uzbekistan to...

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

Communications authorities in Kazakhstan have revealed that their efforts to delete online...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

Kazakhstan: Two High-Profile Trials Conclude with Jailings

Two high-profile criminal trials in Kazakhstan — one for murder and the...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a...

Kazakhstan: Court Dubs Opposition Movement Extremist

A court in Kazakhstan has ruled to designate an opposition political movement...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

The president of Uzbekistan was due to fly out of Tajikistan around...

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

When Sattylyk first arrived in Boz Beshik, a little village poised scenically...

Kazakhstan: President’s Daughter Wades Into Language Issue

The president of Kazakhstan’s daughter, who is herself also a high-ranking politician,...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Kazakhstan: Tackling Taboos Through Theater

A man careers through haze as leather-coated figures give chase against a...

Kazakhstan Changes Its Alphabet. Again!

Kazakhstan has barely had time to start getting used to its new...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

Kazakhstan: Tokmadi Murder Plea Only Creates More Mystery

Murathan Tokmadi, a prominent businessman arrested in Kazakhstan last year on suspicion...

Kazakhstan: Men's Health Magazine Says Nuts to Women's Health

The Kazakhstan edition of Men’s Health magazine has sparked ire on social...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Kazakhstan Bans Snooping App Over Privacy Concerns

Authorities in Kazakhstan have banned a popular and much-discussed mobile phone app...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Kazakhstan: President to Be Made Lifetime Head of Security Body

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan are considering a bill granting President Nursultan Nazarbayev lifetime...


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

Armenia Reportedly Blocks Belarus-Azerbaijan Arms Deal

Armenia has managed to block a significant arms sale from Belarus to...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...