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Tajikistan

Turkish lira casts pall over Caucasus and Central Asia

The Turkish Lira last week ended one of the most turbulent weeks...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan talk up new era of amity

For the first time since coming to power in the early 1990s,...

Tajikistan’s kandakori – a millennial craft keeps going strong

For more than a millennium, craftsmen in Central Asia have been carving...

Tajikistan: Rights groups urge clemency for journalist in appeal

A court in Tajikistan is this week set to hear the appeal...

Uzbekistan remains desolate place for opposition politics

Contrary to what some may believe, Uzbekistan does have a political opposition. ...

Tajikistan: Casualties reported in helicopter mountain crash

A news website in Tajikistan has reported that three mountaineers and two...

Tajikistan: Helicopter carrying 13 mountaineers crashes

Authorities in Tajikistan said an Mi-8 helicopter carrying at least 16 people was...

Tajikistan fights Islamic State, Interior Minister stages play

With the attention of the world turned to Tajikistan in the wake...

Internet grinds to near-halt in Tajikistan

Whole swathes of the internet have been blocked in Tajikistan following the...

Killings in Tajikistan send chill through tourism business

The murder of four foreign cyclists in Tajikistan this week has al...

Tajikistan seizes momentum to tar opposition as terrorists

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced 14 people that authorities say were...

Unpacking debt in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

To maintain their current growth momentum, the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics...

Teen rape in Azerbaijan spotlights abuse and forced marriages

The alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl, followed by her family arranging...

Tajikistan: A mystery Islamic State conversion for a hopeless young man

Jafariddin Yusufov’s friends and neighbors say he vanished two months before the...

Tajikistan: Four foreign cyclists killed in apparent attack

Four tourists, including two U.S. citizens, were killed in Tajikistan while cycling...

Saudis brag about giving Tajikistan $200M in aid

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tajikistan has revealed in an interview that Riyadh...

Tajikistan: Former students of Islam return to nothing

In the past eight years, around 3,400 young people have been brought...

Kyrgyzstan frets over terror plots

Kyrgyzstan is fretting amid claims of a series of terrorist plots and...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan shuttle trade booms, but for how long?

In late June, the Dostuk crossing on the border between Kyrgyzstan and...

Russia: New migrant registration rules threaten tenuous livelihoods

Russia has adopted new registration rules impacting millions of foreigners working in...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

One of the most popular means to get around Tajikistan’s capital is...

Tajikistan: Prosecutors warn media not to discuss journalist's jailing

Stung by the outpouring of criticism over the sentencing of a journalist...

Kazakhstan’s banks to gain access to Uzbekistan

The central banks of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have come together to agree...

Tajikistan sentences journalist to 12 years in jail

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a local journalist and comedian...

Kyrgyzstan: Rescue helicopter crashes in mountains with tourists onboard

A military helicopter in Kyrgyzstan has crashed during a rescue of tourists trapped...

Tajikistan slaps restrictions on imports from Uzbekistan

New rules have reportedly been put in place limiting the amount of...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

Nurek: Tajikistan’s aging king of dams

After countless turns in the hilly highway running south of Tajikistan’s capital,...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

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: Former PM arrested in corruption probe

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

Tajikistan: Was Iran protest a fake?

A protest rally that occurred in front of Iran’s embassy in Tajikistan...

Tajikistan: State agency-linked company monopolizing public Wi-Fi

Tajikistan’s telecommunications service is rapidly forcing through the monopolization of yet another...

Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

An investment fund from Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy a controlling...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

It was like something out of a fairytale. Nazrulo Amirov turned pigs...

Tajikistan tightens rules on sending money abroad

Tajikistan has tightened rules on sending money out of the country, complicating...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

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

Russian drag queens put a queer spin on songs from the Motherland

Strutting on stage in stilettos and towering headdresses, Russian-speaking immigrants turned the...

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...

Russia deploys teachers to Tajikistan on goodwill mission

Emil Burkhanov’s pupils call him ustod, the Tajik word for teacher, a...

Tajikistan: Former head of liquidated bank under arrest

The former head of a bank in Tajikistan that collapsed under the weight...

Tajikistan takes another go at bond market

Heavily indebted Tajikistan has reportedly decided to take another run at the...

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a 71-year old woman to...

Tajikistan unplugs internet users on officials’ whim

Countless internet users in Tajikistan were knocked offline for much of April...

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...

Tajikistan: With e-wallets scuppered, shoppers more stranded than ever

A recent desperate and quixotic measure by Tajikistan’s government to boost budget...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

There was a time when Turkey felt like a safe haven for...

Tajikistan: Chinese company gets gold mine in return for power plant

A company from China has reportedly been granted a license to operate...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

Uzbekistan resumes gas deliveries to Tajikistan

Uzbekistan has resumed delivering natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan, ending a six-year...

Tajikistan's ruling family extends control over telecoms

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

Tajikistan, Russia airlines war takes turn for the worse

Aviation authorities in Russia and Tajikistan are intensifying their battle of wills...

Breaking Tajikistan's banks: The north falters as ruling family cements position

When the chief executive of one of Tajikistan’s few banking success stories...

Tajikistan celebrates its Kemerovo heroes

A group of laborers from Tajikistan who saved dozens of lives during...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Tajikistan denies funneling weapons to Taliban

Tajikistan has staunchly denied accusations leveled by a high-ranking US general that...

Tajikistan, Russia in Fresh Airlines Battle

Aviation authorities in Tajikistan and Russia are once again engaging in a...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan: As the Karimov wall crumbles, families reunite

“And who are you?” Robiya Rahmonova asked expectantly one March morning when...

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

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

Tajikistan and Nowruz: Renewal, Forgiveness and Solidarity

Nowruz, the festival of the spring equinox, a ritual celebration of renewal,...

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...

Think Tank Warns of Possible Unrest In Tajikistan's Pamir Region

An International Crisis Group briefing on Tajikistan is sounding the alarm on...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

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

Uzbekistan Gives Backing to Tajikistan's Hydropower Project

In the boldest signal of bilateral amity to date, Uzbekistan’s president announced...

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

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

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Open 10 New Border Crossings

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan opened 10 new bordering crossings on March 1, adding...

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

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

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Railroad Set for Imminent Reactivation

Uzbekistan has reportedly completed repair works on a long-idle railroad linking it...

Tajikistan: Year After Bank Fails, Depositors Still Can’t Get Cash

One year since a mid-sized bank in Tajikistan collapsed, savers have barely...

Tajikistan: Turkey Hands Over Opposition Politician in Extra-Legal Move

An opposition politician from Tajikistan has...

Tajikistan: Grandson of Opposition Leader Denied Medical Treatment

The family members of an exiled opposition politician from Tajikistan have said...

Tajikistan Debt Crosses a Red Line

Tajikistan’s external debt reached $2.9 billion at the start of 2018, crossing the...

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...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

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

China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base...

Tajikistan Converts 2,000 Mosques Into Public Facilities

Tajikistan last year converted 2,000 mosques into facilities for general public use...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Tried in Absentia

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

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

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

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas...

Uzbekistan: President Fires Powerful Security Services Chief 

The president of Uzbekistan has in his most dramatic personnel reshuffle since...

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

A state-owned newspaper in Uzbekistan for the ethnic Tajik community has published...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Politician Returns Home

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

Tajikistan Adopts Partial Moratorium on Business Inspections

A two-year moratorium in Tajikistan on inspections of privately owned industrial production...

Tajikistan: Is Islamic Banking the Future?

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

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

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

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

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

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Reach Visa Deal, Settle Border Dispute

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reached a deal to scrap visa requirements for...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Such was the crowd of people in Tajikistan’s capital that turned up...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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