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Azerbaijan comes out in favor of Yerevan protests

The Azerbaijani government and media have come out in support of the...

As Stalin-era factory turns to crypto mining, Georgian workers protest

The Agara Sugar Company, in the eponymous town about 90 kilometers from...

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...

Azerbaijan reaches deal with Belarus over missile purchases - report

Azerbaijan has reached a deal to buy missiles from Belarus, a Russian...

Uzbekistan, Russia to jointly create TV channel

Uzbekistan and Russia have pledged to jointly create a television channel, potentially...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

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

Sargsyan officially nominated for office amid continuing protests

Leaders of Armenia's ruling party decamped to a ski resort as protesters...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

There was a time when Turkey felt like a safe haven for...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan security service agents' immunity worries experts

Uzbekistan has just adopted a new law regulating the functions of its...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

Georgia aims at "better future" with breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Georgian government has unveiled an ambitious new project to reintegrate its...

Kyrgyzstan: In Kazarman, nothing gold can stay

The language of gold-making spills easily from people’s mouths in Kazarman. Every...

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...

Washington experts take rare look at Armenia

American experts on the post-Soviet space discussed United States policy toward a...

Kadyrov announces plan for road to connect Georgia and Chechnya

The government of Chechnya has expressed its readiness to construct a road...

Tajikistan, Russia airlines war takes turn for the worse

Aviation authorities in Russia and Tajikistan are intensifying their battle of wills...

Abkhazia mobilizes against foreign invader: Stinkbugs

Hunter has become hunted in Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia, as locals...

Tajikistan celebrates its Kemerovo heroes

A group of laborers from Tajikistan who saved dozens of lives during...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

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

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

Tajikistan denies funneling weapons to Taliban

Tajikistan has staunchly denied accusations leveled by a high-ranking US general that...

Turkmenistan, Iran Talk Gas Swap Deals

Turkmenistan is exploring options on natural gas swap deals with Iran to...

Kazakhstan Reacts to Kemerovo Disaster with Snap Checks

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

Tajikistan, Russia in Fresh Airlines Battle

Aviation authorities in Tajikistan and Russia are once again engaging in a...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Figure Sparks Balloon Crackdown 

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

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and...

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

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

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Uzbekistan Opens New Railway Routes to Kyrgyzstan, Russia

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

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

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

Armenian President Drops Hint He Intends to Extend Rule

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan hinted that he aims to extend his decade-long...

Perspectives | Scapegoating Becomes a Pre-Election Ritual in Russia

There were two certainties during the buildup to Russia’s presidential vote on...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

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

Georgia: Ski Lift Crashes in Gudauri Resort

A ski lift careened out of control, with people jumping or thrown...

Armenia’s State Doping Program Has Had Disastrous Consequences for Weightlifters - Investigation

Rocked by doping scandals, Armenian weightlifters have been banned from competing in...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

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

Perspectives | After Russia's Election, Expect Economy to Putter On as Before

In the two months between Vladimir Putin’s virtually assured victory on March...

Perspectives | Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia

As Russia prepares to hold a presidential election, polling data indicates that an...

Kazakhstan: Court Dubs Opposition Movement Extremist

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

Perspectives | Putin's Reelection Won't Fix Poverty and Pensions

Russians are growing frustrated with poor healthcare, underfunded schools, and increasing poverty,...

Deceased Georgian’s Body Still Held in South Ossetia

A protracted tug of war over the body of a Georgian man...

Perspectives | The End of the Power Vertical? Corruption and Stagnation in Putin's Fourth Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised to tackle corruption. But in...

Perspectives | Contrasting the Media in America and Russia

Both Russian and American media have come under scrutiny in the United...

Perspectives | Russia's Approach to the Global Order: Revisionist or Not?

Rethinking Russia’s approach to the global order could spur Moscow and Washington...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Perspectives | What Another Six Years of Putin Spells for Russia’s Economy

Most Russians would be forgiven for skipping this month’s presidential election. With...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: High-Level Resignation Points to Trouble at the Top

The defection of a high-ranking figure from within Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration has...

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

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

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

Uzbekistan: New Allegations of Torture Emerge in Journalist’s Case

On the eve of a trial in Uzbekistan against a prominent journalist...

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

Powerbrokers in Armenia are set to elect a new president, completing the...

Uzbekistan Filmgoers Get to See Death of Stalin. For Free

In a sublime feat of Russia-trolling, a theater in Uzbekistan is marking...

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Family Still Waiting for Body of Georgian Killed in South Ossetia

Family members of a Georgian man who died in custody in the...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Azerbaijani Claims on Armenia Spark International Backlash

Statements by Azerbaijan’s president calling for a “return to historical lands” in...

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...

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

The United States has reportedly notified Armenia and other countries that they...

With Port Project, Georgia Seeks Place on China's Belt and Road

For years, Beijing has cast a shadow on a patch of swamp...

Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

Armenia’s only alpine skier at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea...

Tajikistan: Turkey Hands Over Opposition Politician in Extra-Legal Move

An opposition politician from Tajikistan has...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

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

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in...

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

The Armenian Ministry of Health has proposed significantly increasing fines for smoking...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...

China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base...


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...

New Georgian Hospital Aims to Heal, and Win, Abkhazian Hearts and Minds

Two kilometers from the border crossing into breakaway Abkhazia, the village of...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

Azerbaijan has unexpectedly announced that it is moving up presidential elections, previously...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

Rumors of The Death of Stalin's Death in Kazakhstan Exaggerated

The Death of Stalin may not be on general release in Kazakhstan,...

To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan who has been linked by US...

South Ossetian Leader Meets with President of Autonomous Serbian Region

On January 25, the chairperson of the National Assembly of the Republic...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Is Monitoring of Occupied Territories Back on the Table?

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to increase the size of the international...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

52 Uzbek Citizens Killed in Bus Blaze in Kazakhstan

Emergency officials in Kazakhstan have reported that at least 52 people were...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

Like his counterpart in Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking...