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Chris Rickleton

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency business can be a flash in the pan....

Kyrgyzstan: President offers olive branch to civil society

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has surprised many in the country by hosting...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament back on the donkey trail again?

Donkey meat is back on the menu in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament – or...

Kazakhstan: Feisty newspaper rages against the dying of the light

Three years after recovering from an attempt on his life...

Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in...

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

Kyrgyzstan: Jeenbekov goes to Beijing with China the talk of Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s state visit to China kicked off on June...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

The United Nations office in Kyrgyzstan has issued a rare criticism of...

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

As the Washington rain beat down during the conclusion of Uzbek President...

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Rival camps play appointments ping-pong as government teeters

Kyrgyzstan’s not so behind-the-scenes power struggle is fast descending into farce. Six...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

Kazakhstan: Men's Health Magazine Says Nuts to Women's Health

The Kazakhstan edition of Men’s Health magazine has sparked ire on social...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan who has been linked by US...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

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

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Kazakhstan: Pre-Soviet History Packed with Political Mines

Sitting in a modest, domed brick mausoleum, a bust of the partisan...

Football in Kazakhstan: A Tale of Two Cities

A spring gust whips dust across the surface of the running track...

Kyrgyzstan: Judge Fired for Opposing Government’s Fingerprint-Collection Drive

A senior judge in Kyrgyzstan has been sacked after challenging the government’s...

Kyrgyzstan Risks Riling Russia with Tribute to Historical Tragedy

Kyrgyzstan is preparing to mark the centennial of a historical tragedy that...

Will Kyrgyzstan’s Spooks Shoot the Messenger in Ethnic Hatred Claim?

Five years after an ethnic conflict left hundreds dead and Kyrgyzstan’s second...

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Are Health Donors Bailing Because of Rampant Graft?

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are the two Central Asian countries most in need...

Turkmenistan Mulls Extending President’s Rule for Life

Not that it was ever in doubt, but now it is official:...

Turkmenistan Strongman Erects First Gold Statue to Himself

There will be no falling off it this time.   Turkmenistan’s President...

Pakistan President Ends Central Asia Energy Tour

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rounded off an energy-themed jaunt across Central...

Kyrgyzstan Signs Final Eurasian Union Treaty

Kyrgyzstan took another halting step toward joining the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union...

Even for Favored Turks, Turkmenistan a Risky Investment

Entrepreneurs from Turkey have enjoyed success in Turkmenistan, a market known mostly for...

Kyrgyzstan: Russian Firm Wins Rights to Disputed Gold Field

Kyrgyzstan has finally found a developer for its Jerooy deposit, one of...

Turkmenistan: EU Eyes Trans-Iranian Gas Pipeline

With the world’s fourth largest gas reserves, Turkmenistan has enough to keep...

Kyrgyzstan Delays Eurasian Union Accession Again

How long can Kyrgyzstan postpone its entry into the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic...

Kyrgyzstan: Leading Paper Says It's Fighting President for Survival

A leading newspaper in Kyrgyzstan claims President Almazbek Atambayev’s administration has launched...

Turkmenistan’s President Jockeys Another Title, His Grandson Another Win

Before the horse races, there was the horse beauty contest, and the...

Turkmenistan Cutting “Last Lifeline” with Satellite Seizures – Watchdog

According to rights watchdogs and the crumbs of independent reporting coming out...

Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Kindergartens Fill Growing Demand

Feruza opened the green door of an unmarked two-story house on the...

Turkmenistan ‘Turning Down the Love’ on Fun?

Girls just want to have fun, Cyndi Lauper once sang. But in...

Kyrgyzstan’s President Seeks Peacemaker Role in New Cold War

What a difference a month can make. In the final days of...

Kyrgyzstan’s Security Agents Intimidating Uzbek Minority, Activists Say

As President Almazbek Atambayev was trumpeting Kyrgyzstan’s democratization potential during a late...

Kyrgyzstan Arrests American Journalist, Raids NGO Office

UPDATE, March 28: American journalist Umar Farooq says he has been freed...

Kyrgyzstan’s Former First Son Living the High Life in UK – Report

The hated younger son of Kyrgyzstan’s former president is living the highlife...

By Opposing SCO Development Bank, Is Russia Biggest Loser?

Reports that Russia is uncomfortable with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stepping...

Kyrgyzstan: Warmer World Raises Avalanche Risk

Vyacheslav Miroshkin’s childhood in Kyrgyzstan three decades ago was characterized by long,...

What Was Kyrgyz Leader Doing on Secret Mission to Moldova?

Hours before heroically coaxing Vladimir Putin out of his mysterious 11-day hibernation...

Putin Proves He’s Alive in Meeting with Kyrgyzstan President

Russian President Vladimir Putin ended a mysterious 11-day disappearance by materializing for...

Visiting Turkmenistan, Iranian Leader Helps a ‘Brother’ Out

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tried to end uncertainty about Iran’s desire for...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Hopes it Has Passed Peak Measles

In his office, Ozbek Azhi Chotonov, head of the Bishkek-based Islamic think...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Istanbul

A lone gunman shot and killed one of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Could Donkey Meat Bring Down the Government?

You can find donkeys at Bishkek’s theme parks painted to look like...

Kyrgyzstan and Belarus Clash over Bakiyevs Again

The death of a Kyrgyz mobster in the Belarusian capital appears to have...

Top Kyrgyzstani Crime Boss Reportedly Murdered in Minsk

A well-known Kyrgyzstani gang leader has reportedly been murdered in Minsk, Belarus,...

Turkmenistan Blasts Russia as “Unreliable” Gas Partner

A few weeks ago, Russia’s state-run Gazprom announced it would sharply and...

Kyrgyzstan: Russia Has Made “No Real Progress” on Hydropower Promises

A top official in Kyrgyzstan has grumbled that Russia is far behind...

TAPI or Not TAPI: That Is the Question for Total

As delegates from the four countries hoping to build a gas pipeline...

Gazprom Clarifies Drawdown in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Four months after announcing it would slash the amount of gas it...

Turkmenistan: Rumors Reign as Economic Crisis Grows

Getting reliable economic information out of Turkmenistan is difficult at the best...

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Investor Struggling Without Russian Help

A Chinese company that has had a string of bad luck in...

Are Chinese Investors Ditching Kyrgyzstan for Tajikistan?

Central Asia’s two least-developed countries, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, are both heavily dependent...

Central Asian States Still Cagey Bookkeepers, Says Washington

Four of the five Central Asian states have failed to meet basic...

Turkmenistan’s New Ferries Promise to Boost Caspian Trade

For a landlocked country, Turkmenistan is getting into the seafaring spirit: Ashgabat’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Political Elites Cling On as New Election Cycle Starts

Persistent institutional chaos is undermining public confidence in Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary republic as...

Gülen Schools Appear Under Threat in Tajikistan

Tajikistan has cast doubt over its willingness to continue hosting a network...

Did Putin Play Dealmaker in Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Gas Spat?

Whether or not Vladimir Putin bribed Uzbekistan, as a Bishkek newspaper claims,...

Pakistani Paper Renews Doubts over Key Turkmenistan Pipeline

A major Pakistani newspaper has argued that the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline...

Turkmenistan: What’s Behind Sudden Manat Devaluation?

Turkmenistan rang in the New Year by dramatically devaluing its national currency,...

Kyrgyzstan Signs Up for Eurasian Union, With Another Delay

After three years of negotiations, Kyrgyzstan has signed up to join the...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Detained in Turkey

An exiled Tajik opposition leader who heads a group Dushanbe classifies as...

Kyrgyzstan Exiles Leading News Site

Kyrgyzstan’s government has de facto blocked a popular and hard-hitting news website...

Putin-Karimov Confab Yields Nothing for Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s problems probably featured pretty low on Vladimir Putin’s to-do list when...

New Kremlin Media Project Takes Off in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is doubtless “tired of the propaganda of the unipolar world.” But...

Kyrgyzstan Hurrying Toward Eurasian Union Accession

Kyrgyzstan’s preparations to join a Russia-led economic bloc are proceeding at breakneck...

Kyrgyzstan: Nationalist Leader Faces Charges as Parliamentary Campaign Begins

A former mayor of Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city faces criminal charges connected to...

Turkmenistan: CIS Powwow Features Russian-Turkmen Horseplay

A meeting of CIS government heads over the weekend came and went...

Turkmenistan and Iran Reignite Gas Affair

Iran, it seems, was calling Turkmenistan’s bluff earlier this summer when Tehran...

Kyrgyzstan Investigates Fuel Smuggling at Russian Airbase

For Kyrgyzstan observers, reports that kerosene is being stolen from a Russian...

Central Asia: Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

There is a good chance that economic jockeying between China and Russia...

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Ink Critical Energy Agreement

Astana has promised to save Kyrgyzstan from near-certain energy crisis this winter,...

Turkmenistan: Seeking New Markets to Check Dependency on China

It has been a chastening few months for gas-rich Turkmenistan. Two long-standing...

Forced Labor Still Systematic in Turkmenistan – Report

With the arrival of November, the serfs trickle home from Turkmenistan’s cotton...

Uzbekistan Strikes It Rich at Aral Sea Conference

As Uzbekistan continues the annual cotton harvest that is largely responsible for...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Struggles to Keep IT Specialists In-House

The Bishkek office that website developer Mikhail Ageev shares with three colleagues...

Who Will Rescue Energy-Starved Kyrgyzstan?

With a cold, dark winter inching closer each day in Kyrgyzstan, the...

Kyrgyzstan’s New Putin Pub Mixes Mockery with Adulation

“What is Putin’s favorite female name?” roars the announcer of a Vladimir...

Gazprom Bails on Buying Central Asian Gas

Moscow’s sanctions-struck energy giant Gazprom has announced it is no longer interested...

Tajikistan Blocks Websites Again, Holds Anti-Riot Simulation

Tajikistan has coupled one of its habitual Internet blocking sprees with an...

Kyrgyzstan’s Politicos Seek Cash Cows as Parliamentary Campaign Looms

With elections to Kyrgyzstan’s ever-volatile parliament just a year away, it is...

Russia-Dependence Roils Central Asia’s Fuel Markets

Weak links in Russia’s petroleum-refinery network and the Kremlin’s power play in Ukraine are...

Arbitration Reveals How Turkmenistan Plays Chicken with Investors

A German national’s successful lawsuit against Turkmenistan’s government after Ashgabat expropriated his...

Russia’s Putin to Get His Own Bar … in Kyrgyzstan

Three years after Kyrgyzstan slapped Vladimir Putin’s name on a mountain, some...

Kyrgyzstan: Arbitration Suits Weighing Bishkek Down

The Kyrgyz government’s penchant for trying to revise deals with foreign investors...

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Pursue Train to Middle East

Turkmenistan may have become a byword for slow-moving regional rail projects, but...

Tajikistan: Academic’s Future Still Unclear as Government Prolongs Investigation

Alexander Sodiqov, the Tajikistan-born academic arrested on espionage charges in June, still...

Turkmenistan Still Pointing Pilgrims Away from Mecca

For most Muslims the pilgrimage to Mecca is a sacred duty to...

Tajikistan: Under China’s Economic Thumb

Driving south from Dushanbe, it seems there’s a Chinese investment story at...

Kyrgyzstan Names and Shames Mobsters in Government

Kyrgyzstan’s local government councils are infested with gangsters, according to the Interior...

Is Turkmenistan’s Gas Flowing Toward a One-Country Policy?

Ninety percent of Turkmenistan’s exports are hydrocarbons....

Russia Promises Kyrgyzstan $500m to Join Customs Union, Details Scarce

Russia has promised Kyrgyzstan $500 million in assistance to help the reluctant...

Tajikistan: Can Dushanbe Keep the Lid on the Internet?

“Emomali Rahmon for president of the United States!” reads a recent post...