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Tajikistan's ruling family extends control over telecoms

The utter control wielded by Tajikistan’s ruling family over business in the...

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...

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...

Police Arrest Dozens of Gay Azerbaijanis After Reported Raids

Police have detained dozens of gay and transsexual people in Azerbaijan following...

Uzbekistan Moves to Rehabilitate Blacklisted Muslims

State television in Uzbekistan has reported that some 16,000 people formerly featured...

Uzbekistan: Internet Cafes, Gaming Halls Closed En Masse

Security services in Uzbekistan have for the last few days been ordering...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

Trump’s Ukrainian Blunder: Geopolitical Deja Vu

US President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the gravest...

Kyrgyzstan: Security Services Detain Tajik Activist’s Wife

Kyrgyzstan’s security services detained the wife of a Tajik opposition figure over...

Kyrgyzstan Angered by Ethnic Uzbek Leader's Speech

The appearance of a figure convicted in Kyrgyzstan on charges of separatism...

Kyrgyzstan: Former Presidential Aide Fears Arrest as Mudslinging Escalates

A former presidential chief of staff in Kyrgyzstan has said he anticipates...

Kyrgyzstan: Lavish Nomad Games Promo Puts Sport Lovers in the Mood

The organizers of the second edition of the World Nomad Games, to...

Kazakhstan Secures Seat on UN Security Council

Kazakhstan has become the first country from Central Asia ever to secure...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

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

Kyrgyzstan: Newspaper Editor Assaulted in Bishkek

The editor of a newspaper in Kyrgyzstan was assaulted outside his home...

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their Cyber-Borders

An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to...

International Telecoms Firm Admits To Graft in Uzbekistan

An international telecoms company has admitted engaging in corrupt practices in Uzbekistan,...

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan: Corruption, Shmorruption

The people of Uzbekistan are apparently satisfied corruption is on the wane,...

Watchdog Says Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Among World’s Most Corrupt

An international monitoring group says people around the world demonstrated to governments...

Uzbekistan: Frozen Millions on Agenda as Minister Holds Talks in U.S.?

Uzbekistan’s foreign minister has begun a round of annual consultations in Washington...

Uzbekistan: Swedish Trial Features Testimony About Alleged International Assassin Network

A prosecutor in Sweden is seeking a life sentence for the man...

NATO Deals Blow To Georgia's Membership Hopes

NATO has struck a blow to Georgia's membership aspirations, announcing that the...

Swedish Prosecutor Characterizes Uzbekistan as “Gangster State”

A prosecutor in Sweden has dubbed Uzbekistan a “gangster state” for what...

Norwegian Businessman Arrested Over Uzbekistan Bribery Case

A top Norwegian business executive has been arrested in Oslo on corruption...

Russian Applications for U.S. Asylum Skyrocket in 2015

The number of new U.S. asylum applications by Russians has reached its...

Swedish Peace Prize for Azerbaijan's First Lady?

An obscure Swedish organization has nominated Azerbaijan’s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva for...

The Rise of Europe's New Right

Two faces of Europe's refugee debate squared off this week in Dresden,...

TeliaSonera Leaves Eurasia After Uzbekistan Scandal

Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera is pulling out of the Eurasian region in...

Uzbekistan Says Tashkent Bomb Blast Was Readiness Test

A bomb exploded in Tashkent, close to the city’s main bazaar, in...

Russia "Cordially" Greets U.S. Warship In Black Sea

The United States, Ukraine, and other allies are conducting joint naval exercises...

Uzbekistan: US Court Seizes Millions in Karimov Family-Linked Case

The US government has secured the right to seize $300 million in...

Breakaway World Football Cup Comes to Abkhazia

Separatist Abkhazia has been picked as the venue for the wannabe and...

Uzbekistan: US Seeks Recovery of Millions from Corruption ‘Conspiracy’

The US government wants to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Has Sports Overcome Politics at European Games?

Despite the Azerbaijani government’s assertion that the European Games in Baku would...

Uzbekistan: Fearful Silence Is Andijan Massacre’s Legacy

In many ways, Kalmar is an archetypal Swedish settlement with a picture-postcard...

Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

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

'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl...

Uzbekistan: Telecoms Firms Paid Gulnara $1 Billion in Backhanders – Watchdog

Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s strongman leader Islam Karimov, has been...

Uzbekistan: Second Nordic Telecom Dogged by Gulnara-Linked Bribery Claims

Fresh allegations have emerged of bribery in Uzbekistan’s telecoms market involving another...

Rethinking Relationships in Europe’s East

A thorough review of the European Union’s (EU) approach towards its neighbourhood...

NATO Asking U.S. For More Warships

NATO is looking for more U.S. warships to counter the Russian "threat,"...

Citing Russian 'Aggression,' Obama Stands Behind Baltic Security

U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Estonia of U.S. support for regional security...

Ukraine: Far-Right Fighters from Europe Fight for Ukraine

Almost 80 years ago, ideological true believers from all over the world...

Uzbekistan: Karimova Spokesman Denies Corruption Charges; Associates Reportedly Jailed

Amid reports that two close associates of Gulnara Karimova, the embattled daughter...

CSTO: We Complement Eurasian Union, Won't Join It - Yet

The Eurasian Economic Union complements the role of the Collective Security Treaty...

Sweden Hosts World Cup Tournament for Unrecognized Nations

Just about everyone knows that the FIFA World Cup football tournament gets...

Uzbekistan: Dismantling Gulnara’s Business Empire

Four months after the precipitous downfall of Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter...

Football Championship Dreams End for South Ossetia

That collective sigh of lament you hear coming out of Tskhinvali is...

Separatist Soccer: South Ossetia Trounces Abkhazia in Alternative World Cup

In a win likely to inspire some celebratory gunfire this evening, South...

Uzbekistan: Novel Portrays Prison Horrors

A recently published, fictionalized account of life in an Uzbek prison aims...

In Kazakhstan, What Did Embattled TeliaSonera Learn From Uzbekistan?

Following the admission by embattled Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera this week that...

Kazakhstan Operations Under Scrutiny amid Fresh TeliaSonera Revelations

Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera is at the heart of several international corruption...

Uzbekistan’s First Daughter Reportedly Beaten in Detention; Europe Corruption Probe Expands

After a spectacular, months-long campaign to discredit her mother, her sister, and...

Uzbekistan: TeliaSonera Targeted by US Corruption Probe

Hot on the news that Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan’s strongman president...

Gulnara Karimova Probed for Money Laundering in Switzerland

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

Uzbek Dissident Claims Gulnara's Geneva Home Holds National Treasures

Uzbek first daughter Gulnara Karimova has never hidden her appreciation of art....

Georgia: Does Big Brother Rely on Swedish Firm to Snoop?

Compared with the gargantuan scale of the US National Security Agency’s surveillance...

Uzbekistan: Four Fired from TeliaSonera amid Corruption Row

Four executives have been dismissed from Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera amid an...

EU Waters Down Vilnius Declaration

The European Union has watered down its language regarding the conditions for...

Uzbekistan: Is First Daughter Mulling Exile?

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

Uzbekistan: New Woes For Gulnara

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

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,...

Armenia: Fight against Gender-Equality Morphs into Fight Against EU

Europe is getting a surprise bashing in Armenia over a law on...

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

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

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov cleaned up house, dismissing most of the Procurator’s...

Turkmenistan Economic News

Cash Withdrawals Limitations Removed...

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

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

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: Russian Telecom Giant's Assets up for Grabs

Fancy entering Uzbekistan’s telecom market? Russian mobile giant MTS's assets are up...

Azerbaijan and Russia: What’s with the Eurovision Beef?

When it comes to differences with Russia over energy or arms shipments,...

New Documents Suggest Fresh Evidence Of TeliaSonera Ties To Karimova

Documents leaked to Swedish investigative journalists and reviewed by RFE/RL appear to...

Eurovision Vote Theft Claims Roil Russia, Azerbaijan

Russia's foreign minister called it "outrageous." In Baku, hopes were expressed that...

Sweden Plays Eurovision Host, With Main Sponsor Mired In Scandal

When Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest last year in...

Uzbekistan: Karimov Wants to Harness the Wind and Sun

Uzbekistan’s energy sector is sputtering, and blackouts are becoming more common in...

"Princess of Uzbekistan" Courts Muslims

Her father is tough when it comes to religion, but it looks...

Georgia: Somewhat Democratic, Somewhat Not?

The Georgian government and election officials might well be inclined to heave...

Central Asia’s Olympic Bill

With the dust now settling on the London Olympics, Kazakhstan has emerged...

Kyrgyzstan: Is Corruption Controversy a Sign of Political Trouble Ahead?

A couple of high-profile corruption cases in Kyrgyzstan are sparking concerns that...

Swedish-Finnish Telecoms Giant Helps KGB – Swedish Television

Traveling to the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku this month? You might...

Azerbaijan: Sounding the Alarm on Religious Intolerance

President Ilham Aliyev’s administration likes to cast Azerbaijan as a bastion of...

Kyrgyzstan: How to Rouse Ethnic Tensions

Interethnic tensions between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan have slipped out...

Uzbekistan: Activist Again in Psychiatric Ward

Human rights activist Elena Urlaeva has been admitted to a psychiatric clinic...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

Issue 10 (2012) March 23 - 30, 2012 *For Breaking News See...

U.S. Marines Exercise With Georgians, Russia Calls It "Provocation"

U.S. Marines and Georgian soldiers are conducting joint military exercises and, in...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecution of Russian Journalist Tests Ethnic Enmity Laws

The imminent trial of Vladimir Farafonov, an ethnic Russian journalist charged with...

Kyrgyzstan’s President Brings Home More Scandal than Cash from Moscow

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev may be returning from Russia with a promise...

Uzbekistan: Exiled Imam Hospitalized After Sweden Shooting

A prominent cleric from Uzbekistan is recovering after being shot several times...