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Georgia: US-Funded Media Embroiled in Dispute Over Partisanship

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

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

Armenian Community in Jerusalem Shrinks, But Perseveres

Late at night in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a small...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

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

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

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

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

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

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

Tajikistan: Aluminum Giant Suffers Output Slump

Tajik Aluminum Company, by far Tajikistan’s largest industrial concern, has said it...

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met during a regional security summit...

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Tajikistan: Failing Bank Embarks on Fire Sale

One of Tajikistan’s near-insolvent banks has embarked on a desperate fire sale...

Kazakhstan: Government Presses Forward on Hazy Growth Strategy

Kazakhstan’s government has approved a development strategy blueprint to be implemented by...

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

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

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

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...

Tajikistan: President Seizes on Audiobook Fad

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

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

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

Kazakhstan: Prosecutors Hunt Mystery Millionaire Offical

Kazakhstan is abuzz with this week’s supposed revelations about how a government...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

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

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

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

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

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

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

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

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

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

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

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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

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...

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

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

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Armenia: Activists Cry Censorship as Government Shuts Down Stalinism Exhibit

The Armenian government has shut down a museum exhibition devoted to the...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

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

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

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

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

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

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

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

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

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

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

Coca-Cola’s representative office in Tajikistan has, as a marketing gimmick, begun to...

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

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

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

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

Uzbekistan Printing 50,000-Sum Banknotes to Reduce Cash Wads

It is an amusing novelty for visitors to Uzbekistan that a carrier...

Azerbaijan: Banking Crisis Gives Rise to Loan Sharks

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

Tajikistan’s Government Lays Down Rules on What Not to Wear

On the afternoon of August 3, police officers and other officials descended...

Azerbaijan Building Up Forces in Nakhchivan

Azerbaijan is carrying out a substantial military buildup in the exclave of...

Uzbekistan: King Cotton Confronts Caper Uprising

At the turn of the first millennium, Bukhara-born philosopher Avicenna recommended using...

Kazakhstan: Space for Civil Society Shrinking?

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

Azerbaijan’s ANS: Death of a TV Station

“I’ll call ANS TV.” Until a year ago, that was the threat...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Entrepreneur Finds Foothold in Tien Shan Foothills

Early on a summer morning, customers begin to filter on to the...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

A recent wave of confiscatory moves against foreign investors in Georgia –...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

Turkmenistan has in an attempt to slash its expenditures scrapped the state...

HRW and BBC Returning to Uzbekistan?

In possibly its boldest gesture toward openness in years, Uzbekistan has announced...

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

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

Uzbekistan: Artists Need Permission to Post on YouTube

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

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

Azerbaijan rattled international investors this month when the country’s biggest lender, International...

Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

Regional cooperation endeavors often have a short shelf life in the post-Soviet...

Kyrgyzstan: Movie Teaser Sparks Morality Debate

A recently released minute-long music video promoting an upcoming movie in Kyrgyzstan...

After Denunciation, Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform on Shaky Ground

One of the founders of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform, a Baku-backed initiative...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Tajikistan: Airlines Running Into Fuel Troubles

A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

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

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

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

Debt-Troubled Azerbaijan Spending Big on Islamic Games, Formula 1 and Mariah Carey

Just as its largest, government-owned bank defaults on its liabilities, Azerbaijan is...

On the Question of Religious Freedom in Azerbaijan

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of Press Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

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

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

Turkmenistan: Death and Corruption at the Top of the Tree

Occupying high office in Turkmenistan is never a comfortable affair, but this...

Turkey: In Winning Referendum, Erdoğan Loses Cities

Before he immersed himself in politics, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was...

How Many Tetri Are in a Lari? The Importance of Municipal Statistics for Good Governance

The government of Georgia has committed itself to collecting and publishing policy-relevant...

Georgia: Authorities Use Blockchain Technology for Developing Land Registry

In a bid to bolster property rights, Georgia is pioneering a new...

Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed...

Gazprom Pays Peanuts for Uzbekistan's Gas But Investments Continue

Russia’s energy behemoth Gazprom has revealed the amount it is paying in...

Kazakhstan: Trial Against Ablyazov Opens Without Main Defendant

A trial that opened this week in Kazakhstan sees the government returning...

Kazakhstan: California Court to Hear Almaty Corruption Lawsuit

Kazakhstan has successfully argued in a US appeals court that it can...

Kazakhstan: Another Year, More Misery From Eurasian Union

The major devaluation of its national currency notwithstanding, Kazakhstan reported a 23.5...

Turkmenistan: With Money in Short Supply, Cash-Free Seen as Answer

Turkmenistan has a plan to fix its ever-troubled domestic currency, the manat...

Georgia: First Daughter Claims Drug Raid Aimed at President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s daughter, Ana Margvelashvili, has accused the police of...

Central Asia’s Remittances: Take Two

An earlier version of this story offered a regrettably inaccurate snapshot of...

Uzbekistan: Police Crackdown on Currency Traders Signals Elite Infighting

Shortly after lunchtime on March 20, a boxy, old Zhiguli sedan pulled...

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: Once Again, Land Issues Generate Grumbling

Barely a week passes in Kazakhstan without the authorities somehow creating a...

Crimea Struggles to Attract Private Investment

Crimea is proving toxic for private investors. On paper, capital expenditure has...

Georgia’s Back and Forth Freedom Marches: The Case of Rustavi-2

The Supreme Court of Georgia recently ruled in favor of transferring the...

Why Georgian Women Need Rights Instead of Flowers

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th. In Georgia, many women...

Is the Russian Orthodox Church the New Komsomol?

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

Russia: The Specter of Revolution – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series...

Azerbaijan Grapples With the Rise of Turkish Language

Five-year-old Mehdi Rahimi watches his favorite cartoons on TRT Çocuk, a Turkish...

Kyrgyzstan: Interrogation Brings Opposition Onto Streets

The sight of large, angry crowds outside government buildings has become relatively...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Tajikistan: Currency Embarks on a New Slide

A sudden shortage of dollars in circulation in Tajikistan has led to...

Kyrgyzstan: Investigation Reveals Funny Business at Customs Service

An in-depth investigative report by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service into the suspicious wealth of a...

Georgia: Protecting an Ancient Alphabet in a Digital Age

Dato Dolidze’s fingers move slowly on the old handset as he writes...

Kyrgyzstan: New Serious Contender in Presidential Race

The picture for Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election is becoming ever clearer with new...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...