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

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

In wake of Armenia's peaceful uprising, diaspora's clout is questioned

The huge anti-government protests in Yerevan that toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan...

Heavy metal fights to survive, and bridge communities, in the Caucasus

In a damp, dimly lit tunnel underneath Tbilisi, a singer, clad in...

Armenia suspends Schengen visa processor’s activities due to links with Turkey - reports

Armenia’s Justice Ministry suspended activities at a Turkey-linked company hired by the...

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Tried in Absentia

Tajikistan’s Supreme Court has begun hearings in a criminal trial against the...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Politician Returns Home

A prominent opposition politician from Tajikistan has returned home for a brief...

Tajikistan: Is Islamic Banking the Future?

Many of Tajikistan’s traditional banks are wobbling due to years of chronic...

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

The Armenian defense minister's attempt to crowdfund money for a wounded soldier's expensive...

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Tajikistan: Popular Comic Jailed in Corruption Case

A well-known comic and journalist in Tajikistan has been arrested, weeks after...

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about...

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

Analyzing the law through the prism of a revolution is inherently paradoxical....

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

Tajikistan: Small-Time Debtors Detained, Larger Delinquents Get Away

Police in Tajikistan announced in early October, via a run-of-the-mill press release,...

Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Tajikistan: Authorities Skip Warsaw Meeting, Tighten Screws on Opposition Activists

The mood was subdued during a panel devoted to Tajikistan at this...

Georgia: Verdict Arrives in Church Poisoning Plot

A guilty verdict has been delivered in Georgia’s poisoning conspiracy, an outré...

Music Festival Brings Armenians, Azerbaijanis, and Georgians Together

A music festival in Georgia strives to evoke a time when the...

Georgia Grapples with Wildfires and the Russian Question

Tbilisi asking enemy Russia for help in putting out a devastating, seven-day-long...

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected,...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Entrepreneur Finds Foothold in Tien Shan Foothills

Early on a summer morning, customers begin to filter on to the...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

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

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

Kazakhstan: EXPO Draws Critics, and EXPOs Misfires Back

The EXPO-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan’s latest glitzy and expensive attempt to showcase...

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin...

Azerbaijan: Tbilisi Arrest Highlights Crackdowns on Remote Opposition

On February 18, 2017, just ten minutes after Netherlands-based Azerbaijani activist Orduhan...

South Ossetia: A “Little Switzerland” for Donbas?

South Ossetia has emerged as an unlikely banking center, providing financial services...

Tajikistan: Authorities File Charges Against Jailed Lawyer's Relatives

Authorities in Tajikistan have piled the pressure on jailed lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov...

Georgia: Public Shut Out of Priest's Trial for Attempted Murder

It’s a case with all the features of a period thriller: priests,...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

Easter brings to Tbilisi the blessing of fewer people and less traffic,...

Kazakhstan Takes Over Russian Missile Test Site

Kazakhstan has shut down another Russian military testing site, as it steadily...

Ukraine: Are We Seeing a Lull Before the Russian Storm?

Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but...

Is the Russian Orthodox Church the New Komsomol?

During the Soviet era, Communist authorities propagated a rigid form of atheism,...

Russia: The Specter of Revolution – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series...

Georgia: No Explanation for Alleged Plot to Poison the Patriarch

More than two weeks on, an investigation into a potential scheme to...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Priest's Arrest and Allegations of Assassination Plot Rock Georgian Church

The arrest of a senior Georgian Orthodox priest accused of plotting to...

Brexit & Trump Equals Bad News for Balkans

Donald Trump’s rise to power, combined with the UK’s decision to leave...

Predicting the Future of the Trump-Putin Relationship

Russian leader Vladimir Putin got exactly what he wanted out of the...

Tajikistan: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo on Polish Border

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the...

Uzbekistan Nixes Visa-Free Plans, Dismaying Tourism Sector

Uzbekistan has performed a shock about-face on its tourist visa policy by...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Reaches New Highs

The exodus of Tajikistan’s best minds has reached record levels, according to...

Azerbaijan: Deepening Economic Crisis Stimulating Brain Drain

Even when Hasan Suleymanov had a steady job, he could barely get...

Uzbekistan Unblocks Major Media Websites

A number of websites long blocked in Uzbekistan have been made available...

Uzbekistan: Officials Strive to Ease Hassles for Tourists

After seeing much of Europe and countless beaches in Southeast Asia, Dmitry...

All-Woman Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Kyrgyzstan

Tucked away in an unlikely spot, wedged between a domino club popular...

Uzbekistan Scraps Tourist Visas for 27 Nations From April

Uzbekistan has scrapped tourist visa requirements for citizens of 27 nations in...

Kazakhstan: More Olympic Athletes Stripped of Medals

Kazakhstan’s medal haul from the 2012 London Olympics and the 2008 Beijing...

NATO Closes Shop in Central Asia

NATO plans to close its liaison office in Central Asia, further diminishing...

Russia: Will Trump Become the Kremlin’s “Icebreaker”?

Be careful of what you wish for; it might come true. This...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

Azerbaijan: Papal PR Pays Off

At first glance, Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shia Muslim state, seems an unlikely...

Kyrgyzstan Faces Mounting Debt Pile

An International Monetary Fund official is sounding the alarm over Kyrgyzstan’s rapidly...

New Uzbekistan President to Maintain Karimov's Isolationist Foreign Policy

Uzbekistan's new president has signaled that he will continue the country's isolationist...

Uzbekistan: The Men Who Buried Karimov

It was Tajikistan’s presidential press service, of all people, that provided some...

Germany, Seeking Airbase Access in Turkey, Steps Back From Armenian Genocide Recognition

Germany's government is planning to concede to Turkish demands on the country's...

Demographic Divergence

After 25 years of independence, some former Soviet republics are experiencing record...

What Happened to the August 1991 Soviet Coup Plotters?

Eleven hard-liners in the Soviet government, military, Communist Party, and KGB were...

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandal Casts Gloom Over Olympic Hopes

Discoveries of drug cheating by some of Kazakhstan’s sporting heroes have injected...

With U.S. Help, Georgian Military Boosting Combat Ability

The United States will devote more military aid towards arming and equipping...

Germany’s Ballasting Mission to the South Caucasus

Germany this week took its turn to appease and assure the South...

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Baku’s Formula One Race: Image Over Cost

It is billed as “four unforgettable days of entertainment.” But some Azerbaijanis...

Georgia: Tbilisi Tries to Assuage Germany on EU Visa Waiver

Government leaders in Tbilisi are scrambling to address Germany’s stated concerns that...

Delays in EU Visa Waiver Worry Georgia

Amidst objections from France, Germany and Italy, the European Union’s ambassadors on...

Football Tournament for Unrecognized States, Minority Groups Gains Traction

June is a big month for football. The Copa America tournament is...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

Standing before a classical Greek frieze at a press conference in Athens...

Angered at Arms Sales to Azerbaijan, Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President...

Uzbekistan: The Forgotten Polish Divisions of Central Asia

In a village outside Tashkent lie the graves of 46 Polish men...

German Lawmakers Recognize 1915 Armenian Massacre as Genocide

Over protests from Turkey, Germany on June 2 passed a resolution recognizing...

Uzbekistan Shows Off New European Military Helicopters

Uzbekistan's military has shown off several European-made helicopters it apparently bought from...

Georgia Debates Stalin and NATO

The South Caucasus country of Georgia marked May 9, the day former...

Kazakhstan: Russian Exodus Continues Unabated

Fresh data from Kazakhstan’s National Economy Ministry has shown that the trend...

Russian State Presence in Armenian Energy Sector Declining

Russia’s economic grip over Armenia may be loosening ever so slightly, highlighted...

Moldova: Separatist Transnistria Region Reorienting Trade from Russia to EU

In a situation that seems sure to vex the Kremlin, the separatist...

Russian Court Bans Crimean Tatar Executive Council as Extremist

A Russian-run court in the annexed Crimean Peninsula has branded the executive...

Georgia: Could Honey Sweeten Tbilisi’s EU Dreams?

Some farmers in the South Caucasus country of Georgia want to channel...

Going to Central Asia? Make the Trip Count

Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan this...

Russian, Latvian Hockey Players Love Sharapova Drug, Maker Once Touted

The obscure drug revealed in Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's failed doping...

Kazakhstan: Big Western Brands Braving Economic Downturn

Big Western brands are on the march into Kazakhstan, entering the market...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Gets Reprieve, Pressure Strong at Home

The exiled opposition to President Emomali Rahmon’s rule in Tajikistan has enjoyed...

Kazakhstan MPs Want To Raise Russia's Rent For Military Sites

Members of Kazakhstan's parliament are pressing the government to get more money...

Georgia Scraps "Blasphemy Bill"

Georgia has dropped a proposed anti-blasphemy bill ardently opposed by freedom-of-speech activists....

News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers as Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

With the Russian patriarch and prime minister both holding big meetings abroad,...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Romania Pushing For Permanent NATO Presence In Black Sea

Romania is pressing NATO to create a regular Black Sea flotilla in...