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Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

One of the most popular means to get around Tajikistan’s capital is...

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

A pair of tourists enjoy an al fresco meal at a café...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a...

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Kyrgyzstan: In Radioactive Hotspot, Residents Fearful and Uninformed

In a pharmacy on the ground floor of Mailuu-Suu’s central hospital, Ainagul...

Kyrgyzstan: Extremism Charges, Vague and Secretive, Open Door to Abuses

Imam Rashot Kamalov, a popular Muslim preacher in southern Kyrgyzstan, faces over...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawmakers Vote 90-2 for Antigay Law

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on June 24 voted almost unanimously to approve a sweeping...

Tajikistan: How Donors Enable Massive Government Corruption

With the World Bank and Asian Development Bank soon to decide on...

Tajikistan Drives Top Opposition Leader Into Exile

The leader of Tajikistan’s main genuine opposition party has told EurasiaNet.org that...

Kyrgyzstan Passes ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill in Preliminary Vote

After stalling for almost two years, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has overwhelmingly passed a...

Tajikistan: Remittances to Plunge 40% – World Bank

The World Bank has released yet another dire economic forecast for Tajikistan,...

Tajikistan Closes Restive Tourist Region to Foreigners

Tajikistan has banned foreigners from visiting its vast mountainous Badakhshan Province, the...

Tajikistan: Boy Posing as President’s Son Collects $50,000 Kickback

A tenth-grader in Tajikistan’s capital has been detained after successfully soliciting a...

Tajikistan Mulls Ban on Muslim Names

In the ongoing battle that could be known as Tajikistan vs....

Tajikistan’s State Islamophobia Spawns Hijab-Permit Scam

Someone is profiting from Tajikistan’s official Islamophobia, peddling expensive permits purporting to...

Kyrgyzstan’s PM Resigns; Fourth Down in Five Years

After a tumultuous year in office, Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister – the fourth...

Kazakhstan: Documentary Flags Mass Poisoning Outside Oil and Gas Field

In November 2014, in a Kazakhstani village near one of the world’s...

Remittances to Central Asia Fall Sharply, as Expected

New data show that Central Asian governments have been right to fear...

Kyrgyzstan’s Premier Says No Gold Deal as Mining Industry Fizzles

Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister has ordered a halt to the country’s two-year effort...

Kyrgyzstan Arrests American Journalist, Raids NGO Office

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

Central Asia: The Drop in Remittances from Russia is Bad. But How Bad?

Russia’s Central Bank has released new data showing drops as steep as...

Tajikistan Places Puff Supplement in America’s Largest Paper

Any writer who deploys the word "stable" to describe Tajikistan without half...

Tajikistan’s Strongman Appoints Son to Lead Corruption Fight

Tajikistan’s president often enthuses about leaving behind a country better than the...

Putin Proves He’s Alive in Meeting with Kyrgyzstan President

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

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Kyrgyzstan’s National Bank Governor Analyzes Effects of Russian Downturn

The fallout from Russia’s economic downturn is forcing Kyrgyzstan to spend its...

Kyrgyzstan: Entrepreneurs Face Eurasian Union Confusion

With less than three months until Kyrgyzstan joins the Kremlin’s new economic...

Tajikistan Hikes Electricity Exports During Blackouts, Casting Doubt on CASA

Proponents of a controversial plan to build a high-voltage electricity export line...

Tajikistan Says Rusal Backing Off $375m Claim

Talco, the company behind Tajikistan’s largest factory, is nearing a deal that...

Central Asians Leaving Russia: Flood or Trickle?

It’s February, so Muscovites are grumbling about their city’s slippery sidewalks. The...

Kyrgyzstan: Pentagon-Funded Women’s Shelter Illegally Privatized – MP

American taxpayers spent hundreds of thousands of dollars refurbishing a women’s shelter...

Uzbekistan: US Military Propaganda Site Hypes Islamic State Threat

The Islamic State international terrorist group has been plotting attacks in Uzbekistan—so...

Kyrgyzstan Denies Delinquency on UN Dues

Kyrgyzstan has denied the embarrassing accusation that it is a delinquent member...

IMF Forecast for Central Asia: Gloomy with a Chance of Pain

The International Monetary Fund has revised downward its forecast for growth in...

Weekend Shootings on Central Asia’s Porous Borders

Three shootings took place on three different sections of Central Asian frontier...

Tajikistan Jails Prominent Human Rights Lawyer

Tajikistan has sent an award-winning human rights lawyer to prison on charges...

How Plov, a Central Asian Staple, Became a Russian Favorite

Visit a Moscow market, or courtyard, or construction site, and it’s easy...

Ruble Drops to Critical New Low, Plunge Felt Across Central Asia

The Russian ruble crossed a psychological barrier in Kyrgyzstan on December 12, becoming...

Kyrgyzstan to Media: Be Nice or Shut Up

Thanks to Kyrgyzstan’s on-again, off-again experiment with democracy, the Central Asian country...

Bleak Climate Report Bad News for Central Asia and Its Dams

If Central Asia’s two poorest countries ever get around to building their...

Kyrgyzstan Debates Russian-Style “Foreign Agents” Law

Kyrgyzstan must protect itself from Arab Islamists and gay-loving Americans; so say...

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Threaten Media for Terrorism Reporting

By reporting on terrorist propaganda, is a journalist propagating terrorism? Journalists often debate...

Kyrgyzstan’s Spooks Hounding Rights Groups with “Absurd” Charges

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have filed charges against a human rights group...

Kyrgyzstan: As Kumtor Deal Stalls, Nationalists Again Threaten Expropriation

Nine months after Kyrgyzstan and its largest investor outlined restructuring terms for...

Kyrgyzstan Has “No Alternative” to Closer Russia Ties – Prime Minister

The slowdown of Russia’s economy is inflicting pain across Central Asia. But...

With Russia Building New Spaceport, Will It Need Kazakhstan’s Baikonur?

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia suddenly found that its main rocket...

World Bank Downbeat on Tajik Economy, Lays Bare Dependence on Russia

In terms of statistics, unless they are the rosy government sort, Tajikistan...

Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local...

Kyrgyzstan’s Anti-Gay Bill to Outlaw Homosexuality, Activists Say


Vaguely worded anti-gay legislation in Kyrgyzstan could send a reporter to jail...

Kazakhstan’s Currency Battered by Twin Assaults

As the price of oil falls, and as Russia’s Central Bank struggles...

With Decisive Vote, Kyrgyzstan Moves to Adopt Russia-Style Anti-Gay Law

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have voted overwhelmingly to adopt a tougher version of...

Canadian Court Freezes Kyrgyzstan Gold Mine Shares

An Ontario court has frozen much of Kyrgyzstan’s share in its largest...

Kazakhstan: Space-Launch Tourism Not Blasting Off as Promised

Tears welled up in Alexey Melnikov’s eyes as a spaceship carrying three...

Terrified Tajikistan Declares Obscure Facebook Critics “Extremist”

A band of treacherous radicals will swoop into Tajikistan’s capital and seize...

In Authoritarian Tajikistan, New Fatwa Condemns Criticism as “Sin”

Tajikistan’s state-appointed chief mufti has warned that cooperating with journalists or others...

Central Asia: EBRD Warns of Risks from Exposure to Russia’s Economy

As Russia’s economy goes, Central Asia’s follows. So it is no surprise...

Tajikistan Lets Scholar Accused of Espionage Leave Country

The Tajik scholar whose June arrest on espionage charges ignited an international...

On China-Kazakhstan Border Lies a Lopsided Free-Trade Zone

On the Chinese side of the border, a four-story shopping mall offers...

As Kazakhstan’s Leader Asserts Independence, Did Putin Just Say, ‘Not So Fast’?

A few days after President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan could withdraw from...

Kazakhstan: Gay Smooch Advert Sparks Ire in Almaty

Even in one of the most liberal Central Asian cities, a little...

Fighting on Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border Spreads

Kyrgyz and Tajik soldiers have again exchanged fire on their disputed border,...

Kyrgyzstan’s Spooks Sue Journalist for Defamation

A lawsuit brought against an independent journalist by Kyrgyzstan’s secret police suggests...

Kazakhstan’s Cowboys Bullish on Russian Food Bans

Beibit Yerubayev stays up at night thinking about vaccinations and artificial insemination....

Cha-Ching! Tony Blair's Wife Lands Lucrative Gig in Kazakhstan—British Paper

At first blush, it seems Kazakhstan's strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev likes to...

Kazakhstan Juggles Pros and Cons of Russia’s Food Ban

When Russia banned many Western agricultural products last week in response to...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Full of Putin Fans, New Poll Says

Vladimir Putin is riding a wave of popularity in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan...

Tajikistan: Scholar Accused of Spying Released on Bail

A graduate student detained by Tajikistan’s security services over five weeks ago...

Russian Social Network Falls Foul of Tajikistan’s Internet Censors

A popular Russian social networking site appears to have become the latest...

Kyrgyzstan’s Tribunal Defeat Could Be Canadian Partner’s Loss

Kyrgyzstan's massive loss at an arbitration court this month has encouraged speculation...

Death Reported in New Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border Skirmishes

An exchange of fire between troops on a disputed section of the...

In London, Questions for Tajik Foreign Minister on Detained Scholar

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirodjidin Aslov faces an awkward audience with his British...

Tajikistan: World Bank Gives Dam Green Light; Rights Watchdog Worried

Two new reports should interest anyone following progress building the world’s tallest...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Still Silent on “Disappeared” Scholar

Tajik authorities have allegedly paraded University of Toronto researcher Alexander Sodiqov, who...

Tajikistan’s Cash Cow: Enough Milk to Go Around?

Early this year, Tajikistan’s largest industrial enterprise sent home about a fifth...

Inside Tajikistan’s Energy-Aluminum Nexus

The Soviet Union built Nurek, the tallest hydropower dam in the world,...

Two Months Since Gas Cut, Kyrgyz Losing Patience with Gazprom

Gazprom was supposed to end Kyrgyzstan’s gas shortages and contract disputes with...

Russian Aluminum Giant Pries Open Books at Tajikistan’s Largest Factory

Tajikistan, the poorest country to emerge from the Soviet Union, has one...

Kyrgyzstan’s Key Gold Mine Threatens Shutdown amid Dispute with Government

Kyrgyzstan’s largest industrial enterprise, the Canadian-operated Kumtor gold mine, says it will...

US Offers Reward as Kyrgyzstan Set to Release Mob Boss

The US government is apparently not happy that Kyrgyzstan is due to...

In Tajikistan’s East, New Casualties Portend Tit-for-Tat Violence

Fresh fighting over the weekend in eastern Tajikistan has heightened fears that...

Tajikistan: New Deaths Reported in Restive East

At least two people were killed in Tajikistan’s troubled eastern mountain town...

Victory Day in Moscow: Faces from the Crowd

Russia marked one of its biggest national holidays on May 9, Victory...

Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border: Up to 60 Injured in New Clash

An alarmingly high number of people have reportedly been injured in another...

Nationalists Mark “Russian May Day” in Moscow

Led by a flag bearer hoisting an image of Jesus, and six...

Q&A with Tajikistan’s Economics Minister

Tajikistan’s economic minister has one of the toughest jobs in his government:...

Tajikistan’s Small Russian Community Marks Easter

Shortly after midnight, Bishop Pitirim of Tajikistan marks the start of Easter...

Tajikistan: Migrant Remittances Now Exceed Half of GDP

New statistics show migrant labor remittances are now equivalent to over half...

Kyrgyzstan’s State History Museum Awaits Post-Soviet Airbrushing

A man wearing a cowboy hat and an American-flag shirt sits astride...

Kyrgyzstan Gets New Ruling Coalition, Just Like the Old One

The ruling coalition in Kyrgyzstan’s five-party parliament that collapsed on March 18...

Russia Threatened Post-Soviets at UN - Press Report

This week Russia told its former vassals in Central Asia to fall...

Is Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border Dispute About Oil?

Last October, according to Kyrgyz accounts, Tajik soldiers crossed into disputed territory...

If Crimea Sanctions Bite Russia, Central Asia Will Feel the Pain

As Western governments mull additional sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion and...

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Memo from a Fergana Flashpoint

Men in fatigues face off across a small bridge inside a gorge:...

After Jailing Opposition Figure, Tajikistan Targets His Lawyer

Tajik authorities are apparently not satisfied jailing only their opponents, but wish...

Ex-Congressman Lobbies for Tajikistan’s Quixotic Dam

Former Republican Congressman Dan Burton once famously called for American warships to...

Amid Crimea Crisis, Russia Proposes Expanding Citizenship in Ex-USSR

The Russian government has proposed legislation that would grant citizenship to anyone...

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Alarms Central Asian Strongmen

The Russia-Ukraine crisis is having a profoundly unsettling effect on authoritarian-minded governments...

Tajikistan: Journalist Fined for Criticizing State-Sponsored Artists

A court in Dushanbe has ordered a local journalist to pay over...

Central Asian Cities Among World’s Worst for Expats – Survey

A global survey of 223 cities ranks some of the capitals in...

Kyrgyzstan Suspends Work at New Chinese Refinery

Kyrgyzstan’s government has suspended work at a brand new Chinese-built oil refinery,...