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Katya Kumkova

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

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

Can Southwestern Ukraine Become a Trouble-spot?

The failure of a ceasefire to take hold in eastern Ukraine is...

Stalin Biographer Sees Parallels Between Koba and Putin

Stephen Kotkin, a Princeton historian and author of a new biography of...

Kyiv Making Gains in Religious Dimension of the Ukrainian-Russian Conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to use religion to advance an...

Russia: Orphanages Are a Life Sentence for Children with Disabilities

When Russia enacted a ban barring Americans from adopting children from its...

Ukraine: Kharkiv Volunteers Shore Up Border, Morale

Last spring, as Ukraine mobilized to resist Russian aggression in Crimea and...

Ukraine: An Invisible Hand Gives Lift to Pro-Government Military Forces

Almost a century ago, amid the civil warfare that erupted following the...

Ukraine: How Will Voting Go in Eastern Ukraine?

Ukrainians head to the polls on October 26 to vote for a...

Sodiqov Charges Spur Worries about Academic Freedom

As news trickled out of Taijkistan on July 22 that the government...

Russia Seeks to Tally Dual Citizens

Russian legislators are tripping over themselves to tighten rules on dual citizenship...

Russian Economist Blames Corruption for Downturn

A leading Russian economist says that corruption and a “bad political equilibrium”...

Central Asia: Trying to Give Social Entrepreneurship a Boost

A non-profit alliance co-founded by organizations including the Agha Khan Foundation, USAID...

Russia: Do Labor Migrants Have an Unexpected Ally?

Aleksei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure and a candidate for Moscow...

Kazakhstan: For Boston Bomber's Alleged Helpers, Will Punishment Fit Crime?

A former lawyer for one of the two students from Kazakhstan implicated...

Uzbekistan Bans Iftar, Kills Fun – Report

This just in from the Uzbek Ministry of No Fun: For the...

Russian Speakers Celebrate LGBT Pride – in New York

They carried banners advertising a virtual tweet-march through Moscow, where a real...

Turkmenistan: Was a Turkmen Militant Captured in Syria?

The Kremlin-aligned Vesti.ru website is reporting that a Turkmen citizen fighting with...

Shady E-Currency Site Busted for Global Money Laundering

Four former-Soviet immigrants appear to be at the center of what federal...

Festival Showcases Central Asian Films in New York

A festival of films from Central Asia, Turkey, and Central Europe was...

Central Asia & Caucasus: E-Book Highlights Shady Offshore Practices

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group responsible for the...

Kazakhstan: Governor Goes Way of the Medicis

When people talk about cozy relationships among the powerful in Central Asia,...

Azerbaijan: Aliyev Stokes Art Controversy in Venice?

The “global Russian” website Snob.ru, the online platform of oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov’s...

Turks in Germany Get a Beauty Pageant of their Own

And now for news of bikini-wearing Turkish ladies and European integration....

Uzbekistan: Examining the Possibilities for Change

Labor migration has emerged as a safety valve for Uzbekistan 's discontented...

Russian Sentenced to 16 Years in Uzbekistan

Russian officials are intervening on behalf of a Russian man who has...

Interview 180: East Asian Economies May Be Model for Central Asia

As an economist at the University of Applied Sciences in Goettingen, Manuel...

Manas Comes to America (Bearing a Komuz)

If you've always wanted to see a Kyrgyz komuz, a kind of...

Interview 180: Azerbaijan Eager to Maintain Balanced Foreign Policy

Samuel Lussac is a PhD candidate in political science at the Institute...

Southern Kazakhstan - Truly the "Father of Apples"

Good news for apple lovers, linguistics nerds, and other supporters of Kazakhstan:...

Watch Out Jala, Here Comes Drank

No sooner did we report that Jala, a carbonated pomegranate drink and,...

Kazakh Pork "Stick Tester:" Like a Pregnancy Test, but Better!

Great news, Halal and Kosher eaters: Reuters, via Kazakhstan's Megapolis weekly, reports...

Interview 180: OSCE Summit Must Have Point

Anthony Pahigian, deputy director of the US State Department’s Office of European...

Interview 180: Democratization Crucial for Security

Vladimir Shkolnikov, a former top official at the Organization for the Security...

Kazakhstan: Rights Groups Disappointed by Progress Ahead of OSCE Chairmanship

When the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe finally decided to...