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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...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

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

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

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

Kazakhstan: Traffic Cop Accidentally Rams Presidential HQ in Porsche

The most trivial incidents sometimes tell the most interesting stories. Consider a...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

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

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

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

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Controversial Prisoner Exchange Throws Abkhazian Leadership into Crisis

Abkhazia's release of a Georgian prisoner has resulted in large-scale protests in...

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

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

Georgia: Pankisi Counter-Terror Raid Sparks Controversy

A counter-terrorism raid by Georgian security forces has sparked accusations of excessive...

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

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

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Tajikistan: Prosecutors Investigate Legality of Telecoms Restrictions

Prosecutors in Tajikistan are investigating the circumstances around the recent ban on...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

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

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

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

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

Tajikistan: Major Debtors to Collapsed Bank Detained

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

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

Armenian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a United States citizen...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners Declare Strike in Plea For Higher Pay

More than 600 coal miners in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region have gone on...

Saakashvili: Free Again (Seriously)

For the second time running in less than a week, former Georgian...

Trump's Jerusalem Gambit Prompts Opposition From Armenia, Concern From Georgia

United States President Donald Trump’s decision to defy international law and recognize...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

Saakashvili Recaptured, For Now

Arrested, broke free, arrested again -- the spectacle around ex-Georgian President Mikheil...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

After an hours-long standoff with law-enforcement, supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside...

Uzbekistan: Hajj Pilgrims Face More Stringent Requirements

The Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Uzbekistan has published an edict listing...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

Kazakhstan: Mystery Luxury Paris Apartment Buyers Eludes Investigators

Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be...

Tajikistan: Marriage Folds Northern Elite Into Presidential Family

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

Kazakhstan: New Latin Alphabet Criticized as Apostrophe Catastrophe

Just weeks after making its debut, Kazakhstan’s provisional Latin alphabet is drawing...

Armenia: Students Protest, Declare Hunger Strike Over Draft Deferment Bill

Changes in Armenia’s military conscription laws have resulted in large-scale protests among...

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar

In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A....

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Demand Halt to Glacier Mining

The government and the activist community in Kyrgyzstan are at loggerheads over...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

Shahin Javadov comes from a long line of rabble rousers....

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Azerbaijan Moves to Drastically Cut Number of Lawyers

The Azerbaijani parliament has approved amendments to the country’s civil code that...

Kazakhstan: State Bailing Out Yet Another Ailing Bank

The government in Kazakhstan is mulling a generous rescue plan for a...

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...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining

A parliamentary subcommittee in Kyrgyzstan has given backing to legislative changes that...

Armenia's Ruling Party Criticizes EU-Backed Domestic Violence Bill

Armenia's ruling party has criticized a draft bill aimed at preventing domestic...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

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

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

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

Azerbaijan Claims to Break Up Terror Attack Against Opposition Rally

Azerbaijan's authorities claim to have broken up a terror plot targeting an...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

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...

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum...

Tajikistan: LGBT Registry Sparks Outrage

Authorities in Tajikistan have reportedly compiled a registry of hundreds of people...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

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...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party's Presidential Candidate Bags Shock First-Round Victory

Vote officials in Kyrgyzstan have released preliminary results showing Sooronbai Jeenbekov as...

Kyrgyzstan: Nail-Biter Vote Generates Bitterness to the Very End

Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Tajikistan: President’s Brother Dies, 67

Authorities in Tajikistan have announced that the elder brother of the president...

Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica’s upcoming concert in Tbilisi has...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

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...

Uzbekistan: Detained Dissident Accused of Promoting Extremism

An exiled dissident author who returned to Uzbekistan this week only to...

Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising – Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently...

Caucasus States, and Kurds, Assess Kurdistan's Independence Drive

In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to declare independence, Armenia and...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreigners May Be Allowed to Buy Real Estate

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan this week began considering changes to the law that...

Tajikistan: Anti-Graft Officials Snared in Elite Rumble are Sentenced

Tajikistan’s highest court has over the past few weeks been convicting former...

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

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

Police Arrest Dozens of Gay Azerbaijanis After Reported Raids

Police have detained dozens of gay and transsexual people in Azerbaijan following...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

A new government education policy that gives a special status for the...

Saakashvili Goes to Kyiv

After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards,...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

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

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Tajikistan: Authorities Skip Warsaw Meeting, Tighten Screws on Opposition Activists

The mood was subdued during a panel devoted to Tajikistan at this...

Azerbaijan: Journalist Apartment Give-Away Faces Criticism Over Selection Process

A government program in Azerbaijan to provide free state-constructed apartments to journalists...

Tajikistan: Government a No-Show at OSCE Conference

Tajikistan has declined to despatch an official delegation to attend this year’s...

Misha in Revolution Mode

He’s rammed his way across an international border, rallied cheering supporters and...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

Ukraine: Saakashvili’s Return Sets Stage for Sovereignty Crisis

Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in his native Georgia in 2003 when...