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Murat Sadykov

Uzbekistan’s Silver Screen Promotes "Traditional Values"

Abdurakhmon, an Uzbek shepherd in his early 20s, lives in Uzbekistan's remote...

Uzbekistan: Security Checks Put Passengers Off Tashkent Metro

Convenience is taking a back seat to security concerns on the Tashkent...

Video Claims to Show Turkmen Fighter in Ukraine

Some media outlets in Ukraine have charged that Central Asians are fighting...

Uzbekistan: Minorities Taking Advantage of New Russian Citizenship Rules

Judging by the long line outside the Russian Embassy in Tashkent one...

Uzbek Journalist Fined for Criticizing Authorities

A court in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, has slapped an enormous fine on...

Uzbek Media Mum About IMU Raid On Karachi Airport

Uzbekistan's tightly controlled media has been silent when it comes to the...

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Claims Karachi Airport Attack

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan – a murky terrorist group that may include...

Apple Says It Sources Gold in Uzbekistan

Apple, the beloved maker of addictive gadgets, says it is using gold...

Turkmen President Warns Border Chiefs After Deaths on Afghan Border

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has threatened to dismiss Turkmenistan’s border police chiefs following...

Uzbekistan’s Karakalpak Separatists Urge World Bank to Reconsider Aid

It has become standard for rights advocates to use Uzbekistan’s controversial policies...

Turkmenistan Ups Gas Exports to China Again

Turkmenistan, China’s largest foreign supplier of natural gas, has further expanded production...

After Gazprom Takeover, Southern Kyrgyzstan Marks 24th Day Without Gas

When Russian state energy giant Gazprom took control of Kyrgyzstan’s gas network...

Post-Crimea, Whither Uzbekistan’s “Autonomous” Karakalpakstan?

A couple of seditious tweets and fliers usually do not merit a...

Turkmenistan: Year After Hushed Horse Fall, President Wins Again

Turkmenistan marked Horse Day this weekend with another horse race and another...

Turkmenbashi Lives On, in Vodka

Ever since Turkmenistan’s eccentric despot Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” Niyazov died in late 2006,...

Uzbekistan’s Schizophrenic Relationship with Tourism

Tashkent is set to host an international tourism expo on April 17...

Morality Police Step Up Patrols in Turkmenistan’s City of Love

The name Ashgabat means “City of Love.” But in this amorous-sounding place,...

Uzbekistan: Big Brother’s Newest Eye – In Internet Cafes

Authorities in Uzbekistan are taking their paranoia about the power of the...

Central Asian Leaders Cautious After Russia Annexes Crimea

The post-Soviet states of Central Asia have been generally cautious in their...

Uzbekistan: Utility Price Hikes Belie Official Inflation Claims

In the second major utility tariff increase in six months, Uzbeks will...

After Afghan Border Violence, Turkmenistan Reportedly Calls Up Reservists

Turkmenistan has called up military reservists to train on its border with...

Gulnara Karimova Probed for Money Laundering in Switzerland

Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is investigating Gulnara Karimova, the...

Uzbekistan’s Dictator Micromanages Officials’ Travel

President Islam Karimov, who rules one of the most paranoid states on...

Uzbekistan's Car Industry Takes a Beating from Russia’s Custom Union

The Russia-led Customs Union has never hid its protectionist mandate. It’s been...

Has Turkmenistan-to-Tajikistan Railroad Derailed?

The railway was supposed to diversify trade routes in one of the...

Uzbekistan: Prosecutors Question First Daughter's Associates

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan say that they have summoned for questioning associates of...

After Cloning Facebook, Uzbekistan Launches Twitter Imitation

Users of Uzbekistan’s tightly controlled Internet are accustomed to hearing officials tell...

Uzbekistan: After Outcry, Karimov’s Visit to Europe “Postponed”

President Islam Karimov’s would-be hosts in Prague say the Uzbek strongman has...

Uzbekistan: Czech Leader Defends Karimov Invite

With Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov scheduled to visit the Czech Republic next...

Uzbekistan Holds Activists Incommunicado for Supporting Ukraine Protests

UPDATE, January 30: EurasiaNet.org has spoken with Timur Karpov. He was released...

Turkmenistan’s Personality Cult: Poor Sales for Mr January, Mr February, Mr March ...

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s personality cult has so saturated Turkmenistan that people seem...

Report Highlights Turkmenistan’s Use of Forced Labor in Cotton Harvest

When you think of cotton and forced labor in Central Asia, you...

Turkmenistan to Make Residents Pay for Gas

Turkmenistan’s copious reserves of natural gas have long afforded residents an unusual...

Elections in Turkmenistan Anoint Second Pro-President Party

Authoritarian Turkmenistan has announced results of the country's December 15 parliamentary elections,...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Stages First-Ever "Multi-Party" Vote

Turkmenistan held a multi-party parliamentary election on December 15. But electoral competition...

Uzbekistan: Western Oil Company Probed amid Redivision of Economic Spoils

An obscure offshore oil and gas company is reportedly under investigation for...

Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan: Cold Leaders, Warm Ties

Two of the most despotic leaders in the world sit atop the...

Russia Concerned About Caspian Ecosystem, When Expedient

Though you wouldn’t know it looking at how Russia treats activists who...

Uzbekistan Urges Energy Alternatives as Annual Crisis Begins

Authorities in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, have ordered local eateries to switch to...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara off Twitter After Blaming Scandal on Mother

After spending most of the day airing her family’s dirty laundry on...

Turkmenistan: EU Maintains Hope for Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline – Report

A long-stalled project to deliver Turkmen gas to Europe is again in...

Uzbekistan: Is First Daughter Mulling Exile?

First authorities shut her television and radio stations in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent....

Uzbekistan Expresses Guarded Interest in Russia-Led Customs Union

Usually wary of Moscow-led initiatives, Uzbekistan has suddenly expressed cautious interest in...

Turkmenistan Chooses American Rocket to Launch First Satellite

Turkmenistan has chosen a privately made US rocket to launch its first...

Facing Shortages, Uzbekistan to Increase Turkmen Oil Imports

Drivers in Uzbekistan have long complained about gasoline shortages. With little explanation,...

Uzbekistan: New Woes For Gulnara

Already embroiled in a public family feud and facing an unprecedented attack...

Uzbekistan: Tajik Language Under Pressure in Ancient Samarkand

Back in the days of the fabled Silk Road, Samarkand was a...

Turkmenistan: Strongman Pumps Iron on Health Day

Turkmenistan’s chief health fanatic led by example on this year’s state-wide Day...

Uzbekistan: First Daughter Claims She Survived Assassination Attempt

It's no surprise Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s president, has...

Uzbekistan: First Daughter Tweets on Father, TV Blackout, Competition

On October 29 Gulnara Karimova confirmed in a tweet that the Uzbek...

Uzbekistan: Unblocked Websites Again Blocked

Critical websites that have been blocked in Uzbekistan for years reportedly became...

Uzbekistan: First Daughter’s Charity Network Reportedly Under Fire

The celebrity daughter of Uzbekistan’s strongman is in the spotlight lately for...

Uzbekistan: Nordic Telecom Distances Itself from First Daughter’s Fashion Event

Scandal-plagued Nordic telecom giant TeliaSonera has distanced itself from its local subsidiary...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara TV Mysteriously Slips Off Air

Four television stations close to Gulnara Karimova, the Uzbek president’s eldest daughter,...

Turkmenistan President Releases Novel Praising Father

Not content building only his own personality cult, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is...

Uzbekistan Hails Cotton Fair While Industry Blasted for “Slavery”

Uzbekistan stands to earn $1 billion annually exporting cotton, an industry that...

Uzbekistan: Riga Promises Karimov EU Support, Dodges Human Rights Concerns

During a visit to Latvia this week, Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov got...

Uzbekistan: Once Tipped as Successor, President's Nephew Reportedly Arrested

A nephew of Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov, who was once tipped as a...

Turkmenistan: Opposition Blasts Government for Water, Heating Cuts

An exiled opposition leader says cuts to basic utilities signal that Turkmenistan’s...

Uzbekistan: Critical Journalist Freed After Media Campaign

Critical journalist Sergei Naumov has been freed after serving a short sentence...

Turkmenistan: Activists Seek Prisoners' Proof of Life

Rights activists are calling on Turkmenistan’s government to disclose information about a...

Uzbekistan Ups Domestic Gas Tariffs Again, But Still Fraction of Export Price

Uzbekistan's state-run oil and gas company increased the price it charges domestic...

Turkmenistan: Israeli PM Seeks to Bolster Relations on Iran’s Border

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov in...

Uzbekistan Ups Cotton Sales to Asia, Bypassing Boycott

Human rights groups have long urged consumers and apparel manufacturers to boycott...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara’s Presidential Prospects “Slim,” Sister Says

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the youngest daughter of Uzbekistan's strongman, says her socialite sister...

Uzbekistan Activist Sentenced to 4 Years on “Fabricated” Charges – Rights Group

Defying calls from human rights activists, a court in Uzbekistan has sentenced...

Uzbekistan: After Vanishing, Critical Journalist Appears in Prison

An independent journalist missing for three days in Uzbekistan has been jailed...

Turkmenistan: Soviet-Style Vanity Fuels Artificial Lake Project

Turkmenistan is the Central Asian nation most associated with vast deserts. It’s...

Uzbekistan: GM Monopoly Fails to Satisfy Demand

Uzbekistan might be the only country in the world where a used...

Turkmenistan: Visiting Chinese Leader Cements Hold on Gas Sector

China’s President Xi Jinping has started his first visit to Central Asia...

Kazakhstan: Injuries Reported in Rare Riot

At least 16 people were injured during a rare riot in normally...

Kazakhstan Football Fans Blame Loss on Sheep-Slaughter Ban

Soccer fans in Kazakhstan are blaming a European animal rights group for...

Uzbekistan: Rape Charges as Anti-Opposition Weapon?

In Uzbekistan, where courts are widely believed to bend to the will...

Latest Fad for Turkmenistan’s President: Forced Hot Summer Cycling

A lover of all things fast, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is now...

Kazakhstan: Watchdog Urges Astana to Investigate Another Journalist Attack

Human Rights Watch has called on authorities in Kazakhstan to investigate "swiftly...

Uzbekistan: Gasoline Shortages Becoming the New Normal?

August has been a bad month at the pump in Uzbekistan.  Over...

Kazakhstan Unhappy with Russian Rocket Crash Cleanup

A month and a half after a Russian spacecraft exploded on takeoff...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

In preparation for China’s President Xi visit to Turkmenistan this autumn, advance...

Turkmenistan’s New Personality Cult: Two for the Price of One

Turkmenistan’s president has dismantled some of his predecessor’s personality cult – only...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Allows Local Firms to Build

For the first time since independence over two decades ago, Turkmenistan’s government...

Uzbekistan: Desperate Car Buyers Stampede for Chevys

Chevrolet is having a hard time satisfying demand in Uzbekistan....

Uzbekistan Eases Prison Conditions for Inmates, on Paper

Prisoners in Uzbekistan may not be able to speak to Red Cross...

Uzbekistan: Secret Trial for Father of Exiled Opposition Leader

The elderly father of an exiled opposition leader is reportedly being tried...

Turkmenistan Supplying over Half of Chinese Gas Imports

When China opened a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan in 2009, Ashgabat got...

Uzbekistan to Regularize Cotton Sales to Bangladesh

Uzbekistan would supply 200,000 metric tons of cotton to Bangladesh annually under...

Turkmenistan: Schools to Scrap Late President’s Holy Book

After a decade of grilling students on the former president’s “book of...

Turkmenistan Jams Mobile Signals in Prisons – Report

Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most isolated countries, intends to cut its...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Wants to Stifle Children to Protect Them

For months state-run media propaganda in Uzbekistan has warned about the supposedly...

Uzbekistan’s Only “Critical” Website Suspended

A website that many Central Asia watchers have long believed airs leaks...

Uzbekistan Begins Building Rail Around Tajikistan

Uzbekistan has moved forward with plans, announced in March, to build a...

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: Border Skirmish Leaves At Least One Guard Dead

At least one Uzbek border guard was killed in a clash with...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara Hits the Campaign Trail

Less than a week after news broke that Gulnara Karimova, the image-conscious...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara’s Future Uncertain After Exiting UN Post

The powerful, jet-setting daughter of Uzbekistan’s president is no longer her country’s...

Uzbekistan: In Search for Uranium, Japan Enters Risky Market

A Japanese minerals outfit has signed a deal with Tashkent to begin...

At Home in Uzbekistan, President’s Daughter Scores with Social Media

Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s strongman, has been taking a...

Amnesty Raps Post-Soviet States for Renditions

Security services across the former Soviet Union are increasingly collaborating to send...

Uzbekistan Leader (With Straight Face) Pledges Support for Journalists

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, who is more known for jailing journalists than...

Uzbekistan Lightens Consumers’ Load, Releases Banknote Worth Almost $2

Uzbeks may finally be able to trade their wheelbarrows for wallets....

Uzbekistan: US Senators Make Unusual Case for Political Prisoners

In a rare public appeal, 12 leading US senators have urged Uzbekistan’s...

Central Asia: Labor Migrants Caught in Russian Politicians’ Crosshairs

Scores of men on a forced march under police guard: they are...