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Uzbekistan, Tajikistan talk up new era of amity

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

Kazakhstan: Major retailer suing over website ban

Ham-fisted attempts by officials in Kazakhstan to stymie online shoppers’ ability to...

Azerbaijan starts blocking online pornography

Azerbaijan’s government has begun to block internet pornography sites. While this is...

After 100 days, what's new in the “new Armenia”?

August 17 marks 100 days since Nikol Pashinyan became prime minister of...

Sex webcam scene thriving in Kyrgyzstan

Police in Kyrgyzstan say they are powerless to stop the growth of...

Georgia’s predatory lenders are punishing the poor

When a friend asked Kato Abramishvili, a 40-year-old single mother in Tbilisi,...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

On August 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Aktau, Kazakhstan, to take...

Protesters break up press conference by recently released Armenian ex-president

A day after being released on bail, Armenia's former president Robert Kocharyan...

Tajikistan: Rights groups urge clemency for journalist in appeal

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

After high-profile murder, Kazakhstan’s police seek makeover

A few years ago, Sergei Lysenko, a 40-year-old entrepreneur in Kazakhstan’s business...

American congressman visits Azerbaijan; was energy security or collusion on the agenda?

A United States congressman is visiting the Caucasus in a show of...

Making U.S.-Armenia relations great again

Will a meeting between Armenia's newly elected prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and...

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...

Perspectives | On the importance of being Soviet

Travelling one evening on the train from Astana to Almaty in Kazakhstan,...

Tajikistan fights Islamic State, Interior Minister stages play

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

Istanbul's storied 'suitcase trade' with ex-USSR remains resilient despite downturn

It's rush hour in Istanbul's Laleli district, and young porters are hauling...

Uzbekistan proposes scrapping exit visas

The government in Uzbekistan has published draft rules online that will lead...

On anniversary of war, Georgians curse Putin

A rowdy rally was held in front of the former Russian embassy...

Kazakhstan: Will Astana’s financial gamble pay off?

If the gamble behind the Astana International Financial Center pays off, Kazakhstan...

Nine Armenian teenagers wounded in anti-LGBT attack

Nine LGBT activists and their friends were attacked in a village in...

For Armenians, they're not occupied territories – they're the homeland

When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,”...

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...

Pankisi women win top prize in Georgian cooking show

Two women from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge have won first place on a...

Georgia legalizes it – sort of

Georgia has become the first former Soviet state to legalize the consumption...

Crackdown widens in Azerbaijan’s second city as police kill assassination suspects

In the wake of the attempted assassination of the mayor of Ganja,...

Kyrgyzstan: Prominent opposition leader moved from prison for health reasons

A dogged opponent of Kyrgyzstan’s former president has been moved from prison...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Death at Swift Horse Lake

For the past few years, an annual horse and yak games contest...

Music review | Straight outta Kazakhstan, rapping in Russian

A Russian friend once explained to me that the world’s first rapper...

Saudis brag about giving Tajikistan $200M in aid

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

Billionaire’s big talk on his big plans for Georgia

Love him or hate him, Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili is the...

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency business can be a flash in the pan....

Armenia shelves Iranian railway project as Azerbaijan steams ahead

An Armenian official has announced that the long-discussed railway line connecting the...

Armenia’s former president Kocharyan charged for "usurping state power"

The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, has appeared in a Yerevan...

Georgia’s displaced stuck in crumbling Soviet resort town

In the ruined resort town of Tskaltubo, the Soviet-era hotels were once...

Kyrgyzstan: Is notorious customs boss back in business?

A decision taken this week by a court in Kyrgyzstan to reinstate a disgraced...

Perspectives | Russia’s migration landscape: New policies, new contradictions

Anybody trying to understand the apparent inconsistencies of Russia’s migration landscape needed...

Kyrgyzstan frets over terror plots

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

Uzbekistan marks president’s birthday with adulatory doc

State television in Uzbekistan marked the president’s birthday with a degree of...

Turkey’s foreign minister visits Azerbaijan in first overseas trip

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu traveled to Baku and pledged to continue...

Mining dispute threatens Armenia’s post-revolutionary political consensus

“Honestly, would you come here for a vacation?” asks Aharon Arsenyan, 24,...

Central Asia sees opportunity in US-China trade war

In the escalating trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, Central Asia stands...

Kyrgyzstan: President offers olive branch to civil society

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has surprised many in the country by hosting...

Kazakh owner of multimillion-dollar Paris apartment shrouded in mystery

More than half a year after news emerged that an alleged mysterious...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-mayor detained on corruption charges

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have detained the former mayor of the capital...

Now hiring in Georgia: presidential candidates

Presidential elections are scheduled for this fall in Georgia, and many expect...

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

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

Unannounced Russian military exercises in Armenia panic residents

A Russian military official has apologized after Russian soldiers carried out unannounced...

Turkmenistan: No rest for the wicked

Turkmenistan’s president has gone on his summer break, leading to a phenomenal...

Russia: New migrant registration rules threaten tenuous livelihoods

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

Ethnic Kazakh's life in balance as deportation to China looms

A trial taking place in a small quiet town in eastern Kazakhstan,...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

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

Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

Outside Abkhazia’s derelict former parliament, burnt beyond repair during the territory’s secessionist...

Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

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

Armenia's old regime fights legal onslaught

The government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is undertaking a wide-ranging...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

Uzbekistan has said it has reached an agreement with Russia to jointly...

Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

Two policemen have reportedly been killed in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, following...

On trial in Georgia: the right to compare a person to a reproductive organ

A high-profile sexual harassment scandal that has rocked Georgia's activist community has...

New York theater fills Russian community’s hunger for drama

The black-box studio on 8th Avenue in Manhattan was small, but the...

Kazakhstan, Russia celebrate 20 years of friendship despite the cracks

At the official level at least, Kazakhstan and Russia have been exchanging...

Ra-Si-Ya: How Kyrgyzstan supported Russia in the World Cup

On July 7, Russia faced Croatia in the soccer World Cup quarterfinals. ...

Perspectives | Testing the realities of Uzbekistan’s reforms

It’s time for a reality check on Uzbekistan’s reforms....

Kyrgyzstan: Rescue helicopter crashes in mountains with tourists onboard

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

Uzbekistan: Even in death, cult grows around Karimov

A whimsical plaque at the entrance to an exhibition hall in Uzbekistan’s...

Tajikistan slaps restrictions on imports from Uzbekistan

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

Kazakhstan: New law limits outflow of money

A law has come into effect in Kazakhstan stiffening control over the...

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

With a showman’s flourish, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 5 opened...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Following Armenian uprising, Azerbaijan’s saber rattling grows louder

Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

Kazakhstan is throttling the internet when the president’s rival is online

Every evening for the past four months, social media websites have become...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

Two Syrian airlines have been denied access to Georgian airspace in retaliation...

Kazakhstan: Feisty newspaper rages against the dying of the light

Three years after recovering from an attempt on his life...

Report highlights plight of Kyrgyz forced laborers in Kazakhstan

A detailed report by an international human rights organization has documented how...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

A Russian startup releases an electronic angel for women

It’s hard to predict where Kathy Roma, or Katya Romanovskaya for those...

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

Russia has transferred at least five warships out of the Caspian Sea...

Letter to the editor: Muslims suffered in Zangazur, too

Letter to the editor from Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan's Ministry of...

In the shadow of war: Life in Armenia’s defensive corridor

On April 4, 2016, Gevorg Azoyan was in the mountains of Karabakh...

Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in...

Mass poisonings reported in Azerbaijan's cotton fields

Nearly 200 people have been hospitalized in Azerbaijan over the past nine...

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

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

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...

Armenia’s revolutionary government steps up anti-corruption purge

Armenia's authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government...

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

“They say we are all terrorists,” says Fatima, a guesthouse owner near...

Kyrgyzstan: Another former PM arrested over alleged graft

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

Karabakh villagers wary of returning to showcase village on frontline

Elmira Sahakyan's son was seven days old when war broke out in...

World Cup opens in Russia as Ramadan comes to a close

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

Uzbekistan: Ferghana farmers seek fortune in Karakalpakstan wilderness

It is five in the morning. Khayotjon Mamadaliyev is doing the rounds...

Uzbekistan tempts tourists with bars of gold

Gold: Uzbekistan’s latest wheeze for drawing foreign visitors....

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

Browsers at Crossover, a comic-book store in Almaty, sometimes need some nudging....

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Armenia’s jailed opposition leader released with help from MPs

Hardline Armenian opposition leader Jirayr Sefilian has been let out of prison,...

Perspectives | Russia’s grassroots environmentalists form civil society’s vanguard

When Vladimir Putin was asked about air pollution during last week’s marathon...

Turkmenistan’s mommy issues

A headline in Turkmenistan’s state media declaring the bouncing health of the...