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Peter Leonard

Life in Limbo: Inside Bishkek's Illegal ‘New-Builds’

Hundreds of thousands fled their villages for novostroika slums on the edge...

Kyrgyzstan: Trapped Between a Landslide and Poverty

From a vantage point upon a hill, the recovery workers in the...

Russia: Petersburg Metro Blast Sets Off Hunt for Central Asian Terrorists

There is work under way to lay down new water pipes near...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest

“He opened our eyes.” Toizhan’s face lit up as she recalled how...

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Taking Cautious Steps to End Dam Impasse

Demonstrating his hands-on management style, Tajikistan’s president donned a hardhat earlier this...

Water and Land Issues Dividing Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

As strangers approached, a trio of soldiers guarding the dirt track leading...

Kazakhstan: Independent Magazine Killed by Squeezed Finances

A much-respected current affairs publication in Kazakhstan has announced it is set...

Kyrgyzstan: Gold Miner Fined Again as Saga Rolls on

Kyrgyzstan’s largest foreign investor is in hot water again and has been...

Kazakhstan: Court Jails Reporter for 'Spreading False Information'

Kazakhstan is showing signs it is stepping up its campaign against critical...

Kazakhstan: Football Star’s Big Bucks Salary Sparks Row

A member of parliament in Kazakhstan has struck a populist note by...

Kazakhstan Votes for More of the Same

Kazakhstan is voting in a snap parliamentary election expected to return a...

Kazakhstan Photo: The Persian New Year

Nowruz - also known as Navruz or Novruz - is a holiday...

Kyrgyzstan: Fresh Dawn Looming for Ties with US

Speculation is mounting that Kyrgyzstan wants to repair relations with the United...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia...

Kazakhstan Passes New Labor Law Without Consulting Workers

Hard times need hard labor laws. At least that is what Kazakhstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Former Head of Breakout Prison Found Dead

In a grisly epilogue to the major Kyrgyzstan prison break earlier this...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Slow to Respond to Domestic Violence

After sustaining severe beatings from her partner, Asya telephoned the police, seeking...

Kyrgyzstan: Clean Election Produces Messy Result

After an election that may go down as the most democratic in...

Kyrgyzstan: Nation Awaits Results as Hi-Tech Election Sets New Standard for Region

Kyrgyzstan has held a parliamentary election like no other in Central Asia....

Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University Fights Censorship Allegations

Management and staff at Kazakhstan’s flagship university are disputing recent accusations of...

Kazakhstan Draws Near to Dream of Hosting Nuclear Fuel Bank

Kazakhstan’s long-standing opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons is culminating with...

Kazakhstan: Row at President’s University Dents Claim to Academic Independence

When Kazakhstan opened the doors of the Nazarbayev University in 2010, the...

Kyrgyzstan: Trial Marks Escalation in Religious Crackdown

Squeezed onto narrow benches in an airless courtroom in a provincial town...

Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan: Interethnic Clash Shines Light on Fraying Social Fabric

Interethnic rioting in early August along the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan...

Kyrgyzstan Joins Eurasian Union, Takes Leap Into the Dark

After months of stops and starts, Kyrgyzstan is finally becoming a full-fledged...