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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...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

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

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

It is probably safe to say most people in Kazakhstan are decidedly...

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

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

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

In late December, a group of men from a nationalist organization broke...

Kazakhstan: Capital Gripped By Snowpocalypse

It takes something unusual on the weather front to perturb the denizens...

Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region

A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by...

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

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

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners End Strike After Compromise Reached

Mass industrial action at a coal mining company in Kazakhstan has ended...

Kazakhstan: Smog Envelopes a Freezing Capital

For many a year, strong and chilly winds have been the greatest...

Uzbekistan: Imam Proposes Death Penalty for Radical Muslims

A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has caused a stink by taking to...

Kazakhstan: Street Named After President (Predictably)

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

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

When Georgia's Fighting “Terrorists,” How Much Does the Public Need to Know?

Two days after a nearly 24-hour-long, armed counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi that...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

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

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Currency Reform in Uzbekistan: Pain Precedes Gain

On the morning of November 15, motorists in Uzbekistan arrived at filling...

Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob

One of the few opposition figures still remaining in Tajikistan was assaulted...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers

The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than...

Chechnya: Praising Putin with iPhone X

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Chechnya’s...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was...

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...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data

An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion...

Celebrity Chef Bourdain Visits Armenia, Karabakh, Probably Not Azerbaijan

American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has visited Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, to...

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...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Days Before Election, Opposition Politician Convicted

A court in Kyrgyzstan has handed a prominent opposition figure a deferred...

Catalan Cause Finds Support in Abkhazia

Abkhazia is more than 2,400 miles from Barcelona, but last weekend’s Catalan...

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...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

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

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

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

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

Tamuna Kintsurashvili and her team huddle over Apple Macbooks in a nondescript...

Newly Released Blogger Airs Grievances Against Azerbaijan

If Azerbaijan expected gratitude for releasing a blogger from prison early, it...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

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

There is a Specter Haunting Azerbaijan, the Specter of George Soros

In response to a recent string of corruption allegations and international criticism,...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Earlier this summer, the Bulgarian daily newspaper Trud published a sensational report,...

Kyrgyzstan: Fear of Myanmar Fury Disrupts Football

Kyrgyzstan has cited the possibility of public unrest over unfolding developments in...

Kazakhstan: Astana Sees Battle Among Local, Indian Workers

A massive brawl broke out in the capital of Kazakhstan late on...

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News

In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new...

Kazakhstan: Middle Schools Start Teaching in English

As of September, 33 middle schools in Kazakhstan’s largest city will start...

Uzbekistan Puts a Stop to Live Broadcasts After On-Air Bust-Up

Politically themed live broadcasts have been cancelled in Uzbekistan following a on-air...

Azerbaijan’s Last Independent Media Company to Suspend Operations

The director of Azerbaijan's Turan Information Agency was arrested and ordered detained...

Azerbaijan’s "Last Independent Media Outlet" Faces Persecution

Azerbaijan’s government has accused the Baku-based Turan Information Agency, widely seen as...

Azerbaijan: Road Deaths Involving Elite Youth Turn Political

A string of fatal car crashes involving the powerful and politically connected...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

Uzbekistan: Exam Day Means Humiliating Anti-Cheat Inspections

When exam time comes around in Uzbekistan it is open season on...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Businessman’s Wife Makes Torture Claims

The wife of a businessman arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of heading...

Uzbekistan Abuzz With Chatter About Gulnara Revelations

Ever since prosecutors in Uzbekistan confirmed last week that the late president’s...

Georgia and Ukraine’s Saakashvili up in the Air

Disowned first by Georgia and then Ukraine, the most famous revolutionary of...

Kazakhstan: Space for Civil Society Shrinking?

First, there was a media report hinting at shadowy links between foreign-funded...

Kazakhstan: Language Joke on Russian TV Raises Hackles

The language issue is a touchy one in Kazakhstan, as an ethnic...

Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for...

Uzbekistan: President Tells MPs to Get Onto Social Media

Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party in Crisis Over Presidential Vote

In the most recent clarification of his retirement plans, Kyrgyzstan’s outgoing president...

Killing of Azerbaijani Toddler Inflames Karabakh Tensions

Armenian soldiers killed two Azerbaijani civilians, including a two-year-old girl, resulting in...

Punitive Psychiatry Reemerges in Post-Soviet States

Last summer, Crimean Tatar political activist Ilmi Umerov was receiving treatment for...

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Tajikistan: Rapid Reaction to Bazaar Fire Enhances Mayor’s Rep

A raging fire consumed the largest market in Tajikistan’s capital this week,...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed, Questions Linger

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three people to lengthy jail terms...

Uzbekistan: Artists Need Permission to Post on YouTube

As of July 1, singers in Uzbekistan will need to get permission...

Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative

An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing...

Tajikistan: Communications Service Monopolizing Mail?

Tajikistan’s all-powerful communications regulator, which is run by a relative of the...

Not All that Glitters in Kazakhstan Is Gold

By Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia Researcher at Human Rights Watch   Kazakhstan’s...

Kyrgyzstan Investigates Journalist for Reporting on Ethnic Tensions

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic...

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin...

Azerbaijan: Tbilisi Arrest Highlights Crackdowns on Remote Opposition

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

Turkmenistan: President Calls Time on Welfare Benefits

The president of Turkmenistan has in a long-awaited move ordered an end...

Uzbekistan: Killing of Teenager Sparks Unprecedented Outcry

In a highly unusual show of public indignation in Uzbekistan, a clamor...

Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis

With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawmaker Proposes Stripping Reporter of Citizenship

A lawmaker in Kyrgyzstan has devised a new threat for journalists whose...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

Yerevan Hands Over to Russia Soldier Convicted of Murdering Six Armenians

A Russian soldier convicted of murdering six members of an Armenian family...

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has descended to the Kremlin’s level with its decision...

Tajikistan: Citizens Doling Out Violence to Law Enforcers

The southern Tajikistan region of Khatlon has seen two vicious attacks on...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Nominates Presidential Candidate

Kyrgyzstan’s ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan has picked incumbent prime minister...

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia....

Kyrgyzstan: Hapless Authorities Defeated by Lawless Traffic

Erbol and Alimbek, a pair of third-graders and lifelong friends, were on...

Azerbaijan: Court Upholds the Blocking of Independent Media Outlets

Amid signs of a deepening economic crisis in Azerbaijan, authorities in Baku...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

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

Kazakhstan: Journalist, Media Rights Activist Stabbed

The head of a media rights group in Kazakhstan has been stabbed...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Russia: Confessions of a (Former) State TV Reporter

After working for Kremlin TV, a Russian reporter explains how the state...

Kazakhstan: Flooding Sparks Complaints, Finger-Pointing

An especially harrowing season of flooding in Kazakhstan has displaced thousands and...