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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...

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

The Armenian defense minister's attempt to crowdfund money for a wounded soldier's expensive...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

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

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

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

Uzbekistan: Business Empire of Karimov’s Other Daughter Under Attack

In a speech full of surprises over the weekend, the president of...

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

While low energy revenues have forced Azerbaijan's government to cut back in...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov’s Facebook page suggests nothing of a man...

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his...

Tajikistan: Major Debtors to Collapsed Bank Detained

The state anticorruption agency in Tajikistan has detained three major debtors to...

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia's Armenians Grow Uneasy

A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia's...

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

With its aged nuclear power plant scheduled to close in a decade,...

Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal

In 2011, Donald Trump and Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, signed an...

Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug...

Kazakhstan: Uranium Miner Slashes Output Ahead of Privatization

Kazakhstan’s state-run uranium producer has said it plans to cut back output...

Kazakhstan: Street Named After President (Predictably)

In a long-awaited move, authorities in Kazakhstan have announced they will rename...

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On November 28, a court in Yerevan sentenced Karabakh war hero Samvel...

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

Kyrgyzstan: Notorious High-Ranking Customs Official Fired

A notorious high-ranking customs official in Kyrgyzstan has been fired in a...

Tajikistan: President Seizes on Audiobook Fad

The president of Tajikistan appears to be seizing on the audiobook fad...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Tajikistan: Marriage Folds Northern Elite Into Presidential Family

Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend’s...

Kazakhstan: Editor's Parole Release Ordered in Surprise Ruling

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of a...

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Armenians Rally Against American GMOs

The United States embassy in Yerevan has sparked controversy by promoting the...

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

Analyzing the law through the prism of a revolution is inherently paradoxical....

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

The just-concluded Uzbek-Turkish summit meeting in Ankara was like a meeting of...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Losers’ Grip on Parliamentary Power Base Falters

Now that Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov has his presidential election...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

Tashkent City: Is ‘Progress’ Worth the Price Being Paid in Uzbekistan?

The silver skyscrapers of Tashkent City are intended to declare Uzbekistan’s capital...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week,...

Tajikistan: Business Rival of President’s Son-in-Law Neutralized

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan...

Tajikistan: Power Rationing May Be Scrapped, But at What Cost?

Tajikistan’s president has hinted that the system of electricity rationing imposed annually...

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

Tajikistan: Small-Time Debtors Detained, Larger Delinquents Get Away

Police in Tajikistan announced in early October, via a run-of-the-mill press release,...

Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

Fuel Crisis Grips Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, a nation rich in hydrocarbons, is grappling with a gasoline shortage...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

Russia popularized the concept of “hybrid warfare” starting with its 2014 annexation...

Uzbekistan Eases Visa Rules for Visiting Tajiks

Uzbekistan has lifted visa requirements for Tajik citizens visiting the country for...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Revamp Tests Official Pledge on Public Dialogue

Try surfing in landlocked Uzbekistan? Or maybe check out the dolphinarium in...

Azerbaijan’s Last Free Newswire Fears Closure by December

Azerbaijan is continuing its investigation into the finances of the country’s last-standing...

Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev...

Uzbekistan: Foreign Cash Still Not Available for Sale

Banks in Uzbekistan are still not selling foreign currency, despite promises from...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Abkhazia: Memory of War Still Looms Large

Abkhazians will commemorate Victory Day on September 30, marking the day in...

Uzbekistan: Mob War Prompts High-Level Reaction from Police

Police in the capital of Uzbekistan have confirmed the arrest of an...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

Armenia: Diaspora Conference Promotes Concept of New “Global Armenian Identity”

An all-day conference in Los Angeles, to be held September 23, will...

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty...

Georgia: Case of Abducted Azeri Journalist Stays in Spotlight, as Investigation Lags

Before this summer, if Leyla Mustafayeva walked into a coffee shop in...

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Kazakhstan of Political Meddling

Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling...

Abkhazia: Is Chinese Investment a Panacea or a Pipe Dream?

Spend enough time at Brehalovka, an iconic coffee house and hotbed of...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian...

Uzbekistan: Official Currency Trading Hints at Size of Black Market

In the first week following the government’s decision to make the national...

Uzbekistan: Turkish Business Returning, Cautiously

Turkish businessmen in Uzbekistan have repeatedly been stung over the years, but...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Open New Chapter in Relations

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s early September visit to Kyrgyzstan exceeded expectations, as...

Azerbaijan: State Low-Cost Airline Replaced By Lower-Cost Airline

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku may be associated with oil wealth and...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Uzbekistan Returns to Currency Convertibility, Delivers Blow to Black Market

The big bang has arrived for Uzbekistan’s financial system, with the government...

Georgia: Still No Answers for Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Three months have passed, but, still, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva has no...

Uzbekistan: Currency Rules Change Marks Momentous Turning Point

Starting from this month, regular Dilshods or Madinas in Uzbekistan will no...

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

Kazakhstan’s banking sector is having trouble finding that light at the end...

Diplomacy Flurry as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's Leaders Meet

The coming weeks will see a flurry of regional diplomacy in Central...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

Azerbaijan has detected something of a national security breach. And this time...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Orders Closure of Opposition TV Channel

A court in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on August 22 ordered the closure of...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

Georgia’s economy appeared to take a step backward earlier this summer when...

Patriot Games: Turkish Sprinter's Gold Occasions Pride, Controversy, in Azerbaijan

After winning the 200 meters spring at this month's World Athletics Championships,...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Azerbaijan: Banking Crisis Gives Rise to Loan Sharks

Namig Ibrahimov is a young entrepreneur, building an online shopping platform that...

Kazakhstan: Horse Milk Gallops Into the Dairy Market

Putting horse milk to better use has been 86-year-old Toregeldy Sharmanov’s life...

Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency

Uzbek monetary authorities recently announced an intention to make the country’s national...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Economic Model Comes Under Attack

Criticizing the policies of the late president of Uzbekistan is very much...