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

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

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

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

Pashinyan effect spreads to Nagorno-Karabakh

The protests may not have looked like much: a couple of hundred...

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

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

Azerbaijan watches Armenian rebellion with jealousy and hope

As street protests in Armenia dramatically toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan this...

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

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

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

An anomalous facet of Russia’s authoritarian political system is that presidential elections...

Uzbekistan: Mob War Prompts High-Level Reaction from Police

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

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread...

Kazakhstan: Independent Newspaper Editor Condemned to Limited Freedom

A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced the editor of an independent newspaper...

Russia: Content Analysis Serves as a Tool of Biased Courts

Magomednabi Magomedov, a Salafist imam, received a five-year prison term from a...

California Secessionists Retain Russian Connection

Secessionists in California are making a second attempt to win support for...

Uzbekistan: Once-Prosecuted Photographer Gets Tashkent Exhibition

In 2009, prosecutors in Uzbekistan filed a criminal case against renowned photographer...

Azerbaijan: Tbilisi Arrest Highlights Crackdowns on Remote Opposition

On February 18, 2017, just ten minutes after Netherlands-based Azerbaijani activist Orduhan...

Journalist Vanishes from Georgia, Resurfaces in Azerbaijani Jail

The murky disappearance of an Azerbaijani journalist from Tbilisi and his sudden...

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Kyrgyzstan: President Calls on Prosecutor to Withdraw RFE/RL Lawsuit

In a partial change of heart, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has advised...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawyer Fights to Dub Libel Suits Unconstitutional

A lawyer in Kyrgyzstan is mounting a legal appeal with the Constitutional...

Azerbaijan: Government Escalates Hacking Campaign Against Dissent

Several of Azerbaijan’s primary independent news websites have been inaccessible for several...

Kazakhstan: Court Hears Case Against Union Organiser

A court in Kazakhstan has entered a second week of hearings in...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Azerbaijan: Government Watchdog Transforms Into Attack Dog

An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Heading in Wrong Direction on Labor Rights

Social tensions have been rising in Kazakhstan since December, but unlike recent...

Is the Russian Orthodox Church the New Komsomol?

During the Soviet era, Communist authorities propagated a rigid form of atheism,...

Kazakhstan: Editor of Tribuna Newspaper Detained for Money-Laundering

Anti-corruption officials on February 10 detained the editor of one of Kazakhstan’s...

Azerbaijan’s Holiday Gambit: Hanukkah, Trump and Netanyahu 

Azerbaijan made a double PR-play on December 14 that could have proven...

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy...

Eurasia: Tracking the Rise of the Repressintern

Russia has forged an informal network of authoritarian-minded states in Eurasia dedicated...

Kazakhstan: Prosecutors Seek Lengthy Jail Term for Land Protesters

Prosecutors in the trial of two activists in Kazakhstan accused of whipping...

Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide to Ukraine Crisis

KYIV -- Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail...

Azerbaijan: Choosing Between Repressing Dissent and Western Loans

Azerbaijan must make legislative changes within four months that expand rights for...

Tajikistan: Youth Group Intimidating Opposition

Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family...

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent...

Uzbekistan: The Life and Legacy of Islam Karimov

Following days of uncertainty surrounding the fate of the septuagenarian strongman who...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Successor Faces an Economic Mess

What was supposed to be a gala celebration of Uzbekistan’s 25th anniversary...

Why Brexit is Bad for Azerbaijan

The Brexit crisis could create geopolitical headaches for Azerbaijan at a time...

Kazakhstan: Land Commission Trudges On Amid Arrests

A public commission set up in Kazakhstan as an attempt to defuse...

Kazakhstan Takes Autocratic Turn With Mass Detentions

Authorities in Kazakhstan reacted with startling severity to attempts to hold rallies...

Kazakhstan: Panicked Authorities Rounding Up Activists

Authorities in Kazakhstan are betraying a note of panic ahead of planned...

Tajikistan: Jailed Opposition Faces Long Prison Terms

A state prosecutor in Tajikistan has demanded life sentences for opposition figures...

Turkmenistan: Economy Officials Shake-Up as Crisis Panacea

The president of Turkmenistan has effected a major revamp among officials running...

Prominent Azerbaijani Lawyer to Be Released From Prison

Prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, who has been imprisoned in Azerbaijan...

Kazakhstan: Rare Protest in Almaty Ahead of Election

A handful of civil society campaigners staged a rare picket in Almaty...

Democracies Should “Lead by Example” on Free Expression – OSCE Media Rep

The OSCE’s outgoing Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, indicated...

Azerbaijan’s Olympic Weddings

If anyone’s looking for an extravagant venue for upcoming nuptials, Azerbaijan is...

Putin is the New Brezhnev

Some Russian writers and independent journalists assert that incumbent Kremlin leader Vladimir...

Azerbaijan: Is Taleh Bagir-zade Baku’s Sheikh Al-Nimr?

The Muslim world continues to reverberate from the shock created by Saudi...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Jail Two More Activists

Two political activists have been jailed in Kazakhstan on charges of inciting...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Make Martyrs of Political Nobodies

Authorities in Kazakhstan have flexed their muscles in an attempt to rattle...

Tajikistan: Hunt for Opposition Extended to Relatives

Authorities in Tajikistan are now targeting family members of the crushed opposition...

What Does Azerbaijan’s Crackdown Look Like From the Inside?

It has been a year since Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was...

Turkish-Russian Tension Creates Quandary for Azerbaijan

Rising Turkish-Russian tension is putting Azerbaijan in a bind. At a time...

Kazakhstan, EU Talk Rights While Social Media Comes Under Fire

Kazakhstan’s annual human rights consultations with the European Union took place this...

Jailed Azerbaijani Activist Arif Yunus Released From Jail, But Can't Leave Baku

BAKU -- Human rights defender Arif Yunus, whose case attracted worldwide attention...

Abkhaz Leader Rejects Calls to Resign

Less than 18 months after the forced ouster of Aleksandr Ankvab, de...

The Rise of Europe's New Right

Two faces of Europe's refugee debate squared off this week in Dresden,...

Kazakhstan: Activists Arrested for “Fomenting Strife” Online

Police in Kazakhstan have thrown two activists behind bars on suspicion of...

Azerbaijan’s Second Satellite and First Bicycle

Ever eager to use its underground energy riches to fuel its above-ground...

Summit Focuses on Central Asia's Islamic State Anxieties

As expected, anxieties about the claimed threat posed to Central Asia by...

What’s Behind Tajikistan’s Web Woes?

“We have the Internet!” the receptionist at Kulyab’s newly opened Chanor Hotel...

Uzbekistan: Scandal Descends on Jewel of Avant-Garde Art

It was supposed to be a day of festivities at a world-famous...

Tajikistan May Get Its Own President Statue

Taking a leaf out of Turkmenistan’s book, Tajikistan may soon be getting...

Tajik Journalist Jailed for Alleged Crime Committed at 6 Years Old

Tajikistan’s justice system has set a disconcerting precedent by jailing an independent...

Baku Prosecutor Seeks Nine-Year Sentence For Journalist Ismayilova

A state prosecutor in Azerbaijan has asked for a nine-year prison sentence...

Baku Court Sentences Activist Couple To Tough Prison Terms

A Baku court has sentenced Azerbaijani human rights activists Leyla Yunus to...

Whither Azerbaijan’s Islamists?

The overall atmosphere in Azerbaijan is grim when it comes to freedom...

Ismayilova Suggests Azerbaijani Court Rushing Toward Verdict

BAKU -- A Baku court has pressed ahead with the trial of...

Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova's Trial Begins in Baku

BAKU -- Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova went on trial on August 7...

Donald Trump: Thinking Big in Azerbaijan

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big,” goes...

Tajikistan Jails Another Critic for 13 Years

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced an opposition activist to 13 years...

Central Asians Concerned About India, Pakistan Joining SCO

Central Asian states are eyeing with concern the planned expansion of the...

Targeting of Tajikistan’s Opposition Rekindles Civil War Fears

Eighteen years after a painstakingly negotiated peace treaty brought an end to...

Armenia: Can the Protests Bring Change?

There have been both kisses and curses. Three wedding celebrations and a...

U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State...

UN Envoy Urges Kazakhstan To Lift Curbs on Civil Liberties

Astana places severe restrictions on civil liberties, including freedom of expression, conscience,...

Former Pussy Riot Member Warns Against Russian Prison Bill

A former member of the punk protest band Pussy Riot is warning...

In Call-In Show, Putin Says Russia Will Not Be U.S. Vassal

President Vladimir Putin has said that Western sanctions are aimed at restraining...

Uzbekistan: Watchdog Urges West to Pressure “Torture-Tainted Ally”

Torture is “a defining feature” of Uzbekistan’s criminal justice system, routinely employed...

Is Tajikistan’s Islamic Party Cracking Under Pressure?

On Friday afternoons, imams across Tajikistan read their weekly, government-drafted sermons. The...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Voters Back Strongman as He Cruises to Victory

An unseasonal blizzard in Tashkent did not affect turnout during Uzbekistan’s presidential...

Aliyev Decree Frees Three Azerbaijani Activists, Many Still Jailed

BAKU -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned more than 100 inmates...

Azerbaijanis Strive to Build Civil Society Away from Home

The space for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan is now roughly the...

RFE/RL in the Crosshairs in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s most prominent investigative reporter, Khadija Ismayilova remains in extended pre-trial detention,...

Azerbaijan: U.S. Doesn't Appreciate Us

After a U.S. Congressional committee held a hearing critically examining U.S.-Azerbaijan relations,...

Caviar Diplomacy Comes to the Borough of Kings

It seems the Azerbaijani capital of Baku is hoping to cash in...

UN Envoy Slams Kazakhstan’s Curbs on Free Assembly

A UN rapporteur has issued some damning findings on civil liberties in...

EurasiaNet's 2014 Photos of the Year

The year-long unrest and conflict in Ukraine that first escalated and then subsided had...

Azerbaijan: Leading Investigative Reporter Detained

Authorities in Azerbaijan took steps December 5 to muzzle Khadija Ismayilova, an...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Considering Bill to Restrict NGO Funding

It looks like Tajikistan is following a regional trend by drafting legislation...

Central Asia: Report Shines Light on State Surveillance Practices

Western and Russian companies are helping Central Asian governments build and maintain vast surveillance...

Azerbaijan: Rights Activists on the Brink

When Azerbaijan served as chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of...

Chorus of Criticism Accompanies Azerbaijan’s Exit from Council of Europe Stage

Azerbaijan wrapped up its chairmanship on November 13 of the Committee of...

Russia: Looking at History as a Continuation of Politics

The leading Bolshevik historian Mikhail Pokrovsky famously defined history as “politics projected...

Azerbaijan to Arrest Investigative Journalist Khadija Ismayilova?

With Azerbaijan’s prisons increasingly full of government-detractors, it might have seemed to...

Azerbaijan Arrests Alleged ISIS and Other Islamic Fighters

The arrest of 26 Azerbaijanis for allegedly joining armed Islamic groups in...

Uzbekistan: Rattled by Russian Expansionism, Tashkent Looks East

Russia’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine are vexing Central Asian states....

Azerbaijan: Karabakh Flare-Up Seen as Kremlin Mischief

Highlighting the challenge of forging a lasting political settlement to the 26-year-long...

Azerbaijan: Jury Dismissed

After toying with the idea of introducing jury trials, the Azerbaijani government...