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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president paying the price for years of abrasive rule

Over the six years in which he ran Kyrgyzstan, former President Almazbek...

Kyrgyzstan: Another former PM arrested over alleged graft

Security services in Kyrgyzstan say they have arrested another former prime minister...

World Cup opens in Russia as Ramadan comes to a close

Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed in and around Moscow's main mosque...

Washed-up Kyrgyz official heads Tajikistan telecoms company

A mobile phone company in Tajikistan has appointed a disgraced former government...

Azerbaijan acquires new missiles in escalating arms race with Armenia

Azerbaijan has displayed new missiles it has bought from Belarus and Israel,...

Tajikistan: No laughing matter as comedian journalist goes on trial

The criminal trial of well-known journalist and comedian in Tajikistan is set...

Kyrgyzstan: Jeenbekov goes to Beijing with China the talk of Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s state visit to China kicked off on June...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM arrested in corruption probe

Former Kyrgyzstan prime minister Sapar Isakov has been been taken into custody...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

The United Nations office in Kyrgyzstan has issued a rare criticism of...

How Kyrgyzstan’s new president turned on his mentor

It was just half a year ago that Kyrgyzstan made history with...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM charged with corruption over power plant project

Security services in Kyrgyzstan said on May 29 that they are charging...

Kyrgyzstan OKs extradition of Ablyazov supporter to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have agreed to grant a request from neighboring Kazakhstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Former top Atambayev official faces corruption charges

Security services in Kyrgyzstan on May 21 charged a recently fired head...

Kyrgyzstan: Former president drops libel claims against reporters, activist

The embattled former president of Kyrgyzstan has announced he is dropping his...

Armenia hopes to benefit from new Iran-Eurasian Union free trade deal

Armenia has welcomed a historic new free-trade agreement between the Russian-led Eurasian...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs want to strip former president’s immunity

Members of parliament in Kyrgyzstan have embarked on an initiative to strip...

Kyrgyzstan: Probe into ex-deputy PM reveals unexplained riches

An investigation in Kyrgyzstan into the holdings of a former deputy prime...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

Temir Bolotbek feels strongly about architecture. So much so, that a squabble...

Kyrgyzstan: Ombudsman asks to pardon jailed opposition leader

A government ombudsman in Kyrgyzstan has appealed to the president to consider...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

Central Asian states are collectively known as a wellspring of migrants, most...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

Head of Kyrgyzstan's corruption agency fired after 10 days in job

Every shashlik cook worth his salt knows the secret is to give...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-PM summoned for questioning by security services

The former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, who was ousted only days ago...

Kyrgyzstan and its government: New names, old faces, uncertain future

There is at least one new thing about Kyrgyzstan’s latest prime minister....

Kyrgyzstan: Gold refinery protest reaches capital

Dozens of people traveled to Kyrgyzstan’s capital this week to rally for...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament topples PM, the ex-president's final holdover ally

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have turned in dramatic fashion on the government and...

Kyrgyzstan's president waives libel fee as he shows a softer side

The president of Kyrgyzstan has earned some brownie points with the activist...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Rival camps play appointments ping-pong as government teeters

Kyrgyzstan’s not so behind-the-scenes power struggle is fast descending into farce. Six...

Kyrgyzstan: President signs off on firing prosecutor

In a widely anticipated move, the president of Kyrgyzstan has signed off...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan agree to boost border cooperation after fatal shooting

Border officials in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have agreed to intensify coordination following...

Kyrgyzstan protesters set fire to gold-processing plant under construction

Residents of a town in southern Kyrgyzstan opposed to the construction of...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutor next for chop as ex-leader’s allies are removed

The high-ranking holdover allies of Kyrgyzstan’s former president are tumbling like bowling...

Kyrgyzstan: Signs of rift grow as president fires security services chief

If the former president of Kyrgyzstan was not worrying already, he should...

The Central Asianist Podcast: Of politics and patronage in Kyrgyzstan

In episode 25, Nate Schenkkan talks with Aksana Ismailbekova about her book...

Kyrgyzstan: In Kazarman, nothing gold can stay

The language of gold-making spills easily from people’s mouths in Kazarman. Every...

Kyrgyzstan: President begins clearing house of predecessor’s cadres

The president of Kyrgyzstan, who has been in office since November, appears...

Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev returns, opening up front against president

It was like he had never left. Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Almazbek Atambayev,...

Kyrgyzstan: Former presidential candidate accused of coup-plotting

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have opened a second criminal investigation against former...

Kazakhstan’s 1930s Famine Gets Film Treatment as Memories Fade

The set for Berkutchi, a movie production about the manmade famine that...

Sumalak, Kyrgyzstan's Nowruz Treat for the Pure of Heart

Sumalak, the gooey germinated wheat-based treat made to mark the spring equinox...

Uzbekistan Opens New Railway Routes to Kyrgyzstan, Russia

A weekly train running the route from the capital of Uzbekistan to...

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

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

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

The president of Uzbekistan was due to fly out of Tajikistan around...

Kyrgyzstan: High-Level Resignation Points to Trouble at the Top

The defection of a high-ranking figure from within Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration has...

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

When Sattylyk first arrived in Boz Beshik, a little village poised scenically...

Partying All. Night. Long. Rave Culture Descends on Bishkek

The capital of Kyrgyzstan is a little late to the party on...

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

A curious little drama has played out in Tajikistan that neatly encapsulates...

Living Below Zero: Homeless in Kyrgyzstan’s Capital

In the middle of January, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, was gripped by a...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

This February marks the 30th anniversary of the events that launched the...

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Kyrgyz Lawmakers Mull Forcing Officials to Wear Kalpaks

A pair of lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have drafted a legislative bill that...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Tajikistan to Sell Electricity to Uzbekistan in Boon For Integration

Starting in April through to September, Tajikistan will export 1.5 billion kilowatt...

Kyrgyzstan: Ecologists Run Billboard Experiment to Test Dirty Air

An environmental group in Kyrgyzstan’s capital is running an unusual experiment to...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Coup Plotters on Hunger Strike

Opposition politicians in Kyrgyzstan serving prison sentences on charges of coup-plotting have...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Kyrgyzstan’s Diaspora: An evening of Music and Conversation

The Kyrgyz are among the smallest and newest Central Asian diasporas to...

Kyrgyzstan: President Drops Libel Damages Claim

Kyrgyzstan’s president has agreed to drop his claim to libel damages from...

Tajikistan: Roghun to Begin Producing Power on President’s Day

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go...

Kyrgyzstan's Popular Bazaar Stricken By Blaze

A blaze broke out on January 30 at a popular bazaar in...

Kyrgyzstan: Freeze Turns to Hot Fury Over Bishkek's Power Plant Failure

Aigul Dogdurova, a 43-year old native of Bishkek, cannot remember anything like...

Kyrgyzstan: Capital Freezes as Power Plant Breaks Down

Residents of Kyrgyzstan’s capital endured a teeth-shatteringly cold weekend following a malfunction...

Tajikistan: Is Islamic Banking the Future?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Music Teacher Suspended Over Alleged Sex Tape

Culture officials in Kyrgyzstan have suspended a respected singing teacher at the...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a...

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

Officers with Kyrgyzstan’s anticorruption agency moved to shut down an opposition-owned television...

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

Uzbek Leader Dreams of Border-Free Region as Kyrgyzstan’s President Visits

It was all smiles and laughter during this week’s visit to Uzbekistan...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

CSTO Ready, But Not Yet Willing, To Send Troops to Syria

Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led security bloc, have...