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The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

At Last Minute, Armenia Drops Out of NATO Exercises in Georgia

At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out...

The US “Offshore” Industry and the Eurasian Connection

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a small brick-faced house sits between a Greek Orthodox...

Russians Still Waiting for Trump Thaw as NATO Resumes Exercises in Black Sea

NATO is conducting some of its biggest naval exercises ever in the...

Kazakhstan: Student Games Buzz Dulled By Ticket Troubles

As the winter editions of the World Student Games come to a...

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

Russia to Enlist Allies in Fight Against NATO

Russia will try to enlist its post-Soviet allies in shoring up its...

Georgian Party Proposes U.S. Military Base in Country

One of Georgia's leading political figures has called for an American military...

Demographic Divergence

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

Russia Brings Military Allies to NATO Border

Russian military exercises near its western borders have become de rigeur over...

Georgia: How Closely Should the State Embrace the Church?

Twenty-five years after regaining its sovereignty, the South Caucasus country of Georgia...

Russian Officials Fault the West Over Brussels Blasts

MOSCOW -- The death toll was still mounting in the Brussels bombings...

Latvia: The ABC of “Traditional” Values Activism

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica.  Part 2 of...

U.S. Boosts Aid To Georgia To "Resist Russian Aggression"

The United States would give Georgia a big boost in aid to...

Looking at Latvia’s Cultural Fault Line

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica.  Part 1 of...

Kyrgyzstan: Major Money Laundering Case Exposed

Anticorruption officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have exposed a $58 million money...

Romania Pushing For Permanent NATO Presence In Black Sea

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

Tbilisi Asking U.S. To Store Weaponry In Georgia

Georgia's government is asking the United States to store some of its...

Why Belarus Is About To Get Interesting

When the Ukrainian and Belarusian national football teams faced off in Lviv...

Russia And Allies Conduct Military Exercises Near Baltics

Troops from Central Asia, Armenia, and Belarus are conducting military exercises with...

With Joint Exercises, NATO Tries To Keep Georgian Hopes Up

NATO militaries wrapped up joint exercises in Georgia this week, as the...

Moldova: Pondering Unification with Romania?

Hard times in Moldova are prompting some Moldovans to warm to the...

European Parliament Urges United Front on Russia

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on June 10 that assailed...

Ukrainian Bloggers Hunt Down Russian Soldiers in War-Torn East

Since conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Russia has...

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine: EU-Dreaming Despite the Difficulties

They knew it would not be a milestone event. But many in...

News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

RIGA -- Unlike the previous EU Eastern Partnership summit in 2013, which...

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange and Black

As the countries of the former Soviet Union prepare, with varying degrees...

Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

Workers laying a cable beneath the Baltic Sea are on the front...

Watchdog Says Press Freedom at Lowest Point in 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in...

'We Want a Voice': Women Fight for Their Rights in the Former USSR

Women had stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the Russian Revolution...

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

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

Latvia Torn Between Money and Fear of Russia

Vitaly Mansky, a prominent Russian documentary director, remembers the moment when he...

Worried About Moscow, Belarus's Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But...

U.S. Congress Passes Measures Supporting Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

The United States Congress has passed a bill authorizing lethal military aid...

Moldova: Money-Laundering Case Puts Judiciary on the Spot

A money-laundering scandal is casting Moldova’s judiciary in an unfavorable light and...

At American Military Exercises In Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia In; Armenia Out

Georgia and Azerbaijan are among the participants at U.S.-organized military exercises now...

Latvia: Neo-Bolshevik Vexes Government

It's not often that a senior government minister in a European Union...

NATO Raises Expectations For Georgia Ahead Of Summit

NATO officials are raising expectations for Georgia ahead of the alliance's summit...

Russia Not Giving Up on Football Super League

It appears Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions aren’t limited to economics...

Obama: Eastern, Central European Allies 'Will Never Stand Alone'

U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the United States' "unwavering" commitment to...

Bearded Lady Spurs Russia to Revive Soviet-Era Song Contest

Russia’s defeat to a bearded Austrian transvestite at the annual Eurovision song...

Through Russia’s Cracked Looking Glass, Gorby Was an American Puppet

Amid the frenzy of nationalism stoked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, many...

If Russia Attacks, Who Could Help Defend Ukraine?

Now that Sunday's referendum in Crimea approved the peninsula's annexation to Russia,...

Pentagon Making Contingency Plans If Russia Blocks Afghan Transit

The U.S. is already making plans to redirect cargo to Afghanistan if...

Russian Cultural Boycott Over Crimea Grows

As the European Union continues to mull possible sanctions on Russia, artists...

For Ukraine and Central Asia, US Business Should Create an Entrepreneur Corps

Despite the unforgiving winter that has plunged Central Asia into a deep...

Negotiations Begin Over New Russian Air Base In Belarus

Russia has taken the first steps toward establishing its first air base...

Uzbekistan Props Up Stolen Car Claims Against Tajikistan

Customs officials in Uzbekistan say they have stopped 20 luxury cars stolen...

Is Latvia’s Door to Europe Closing for Russians, Central Asians?

Now that Latvia has joined the euro zone, legislators in Riga can...

Turkmenistan International Relations

President Berdymukhamedov Visited Uzbekistan...

Turkmenistan International Relations

International Exhibition and Conference on education, sport and tourism begins in Ashgabat...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Banking Tussle Nearing Resolution?

A long-running conflict between Latvian banker Valeri Belokon and the government of...

Uzbekistan: Pressure Mounts in Europe’s Gulnara-Linked Corruption Probes

Pressure is mounting in Europe over graft probes linked to associates of...

Uzbekistan Setting Up Checkpoints On New Silk Road

Policymakers from the U.S., Europe, and Central Asia gathered last week in...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Statement for Press by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan...

Turkmenistan Economic News

BP Cuts Russia, Turkmenistan Natural Gas Reserves Estimates...

Baltics Hope NDN Is Route to Closer Ties with Central Asia

The U.S. embassy in Riga held a ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the...

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...

Turkmenistan International Relations

EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue: Official EU Statement...

Kyrgyzstan: Renewed Rancor in Latvian Relations

Last week, Inside the Cocoon wrote about an Atlantic Council-sponsored conference on...

French Military Begins Withdrawal From Tajikistan

The small French air detachment in Dushanbe is leaving Tajikistan, as France...

Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

Fifth Volume of Berdymukhamedov’s Works Published...

Kyrgyzstan: Can Bishkek Afford Legal Fight with Latvian Businessman?

Cash-strapped Kyrgyzstan is gearing up for a legal match it cannot afford...

Uzbekistan: Foreign Business Exodus Continues

For all its promises of easy riches, Uzbekistan is having a hard...

Azerbaijan: Baku Presses Genocide Recognition Campaign for Khojaly

There were full-page newspaper ads in New York City, films in Paris,...

Russia To Host NATO Afghan Transit Hub?

NATO and Russia are working on an agreement to set up a...

U.S. and Pakistan's Loss, Uzbekistan's Gain?

Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are at the crisis stage as...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

The Pentagon reportedly intends to ship 75 percent of all non-military cargo...

Central Asia: Turkmenistan Could Become Key Cog in NDN Supply Route for Afghanistan

The United States wants to significantly expand traffic on the Northern Distribution...

Armenia: Karabakh Documentary Project Stirs Diplomatic Incident

The plot is thickening in the case of a European Union-based documentary...

Uzbekistan: Did Karimov Tantrum Prompt NDN Transit Fee Hike?

Uzbekistan is squeezing Washington for more money to transport military supplies along...

Uzbekistan's Karimov Makes Brussels Visit Amid Rights Concerns

BRUSSELS -- Top NATO and European Union officials met Uzbek President Islam...

Russia: Democratization Not Dead Yet - Expert

Even though democratization in Russia is going through a lockdown phase at...

Georgia: Illegal Labor Migration to European Union Appears on the Rise

Lamara, a 60-year-old Georgian grandmother, put on khaki shorts, tennis shoes and...

Kazakhstan: Astana’s PR Focus Shifting from Politics to Sport

As 2010 draws to a close and Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the Organization...

Ice Comes Early for Astana Hockey Fans

It may only be August, but there's a hint of winter in...

Kebab Makers at the Gates

From Istanbul Eats, a report on a Turkish culinary invasion into Europe. From...

Maxim Bakiyev's Beautiful Game

You win some and you lose some....

Leaving Latvia: Going, Going, Gone

Well, there's a surprise: The Latvian Interior Ministry believes Maxim Bakiyev has already...

Can Georgia Find the Backdoor for Exports into Russia?

A pending customs union involving Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan could open a...

Wanted: BAKIYEV, MAXIM KURMANBEKOVICH

INTERPOL today issued a wanted notice for Maxim Bakiyev who is thought...

Azerbaijan expresses its displeasure at U.S. by canceling military exercise

Azerbaijan has canceled upcoming joint military exercises with the U.S., in apparent...

Kyrgyzstan: Exit Bakiyev

Kurmanbek Bakiyev, whose administration collapsed April 7 amid rioting in Bishkek, left...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat on Receiving End of Daimler Bribes -- US Federal Court Documents

A US Justice Department document alleges that the German automaker Daimler AG...

Azerbaijan: Baku Entrepreneur to Purchase Abandoned Soviet Military Facility in Latvia

Azerbaijani businessman Magomed Gurbanov is set to purchase a vintage $3-million housing...

Georgia: Lawmakers Lambaste France for Warship Sale to Russia

Georgian leaders are condemning France's decision to sell at least one sophisticated...

Afghanistan: Experts Want Washington to Leverage Benefits of Northern Distribution Network

The United States should take advantage of the creation of the Northern...

Georgia: "Godfather" Actor Andy Garcia Comes to Georgia for War Film

Filming on a US-Georgian-produced movie about the 2008 Russia-Georgia war ticked up...