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Georgia’s predatory lenders are punishing the poor

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

Tajikistan: Casualties reported in helicopter mountain crash

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

Turkmenistan: Facts are stubborn things

A government get-together in Turkmenistan this week was a predictable smorgasbord of...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

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

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

Unlike regular people in Turkmenistan, the ruling family is getting to do...

Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia

Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian...

Azerbaijan acquires new missiles in escalating arms race with Armenia

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

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

Russian-speaking LGBT activists paint a rainbow in New York

On a hot, humid May afternoon in New York’s Russian-speaking neighborhood, some...

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...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

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

Azerbaijan reaches deal with Belarus over missile purchases - report

Azerbaijan has reached a deal to buy missiles from Belarus, a Russian...

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

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

Washington experts take rare look at Armenia

American experts on the post-Soviet space discussed United States policy toward a...

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

An opposition Azerbaijani journalist remains in legal limbo in Ukraine after a...

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

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

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Armenia Reportedly Blocks Belarus-Azerbaijan Arms Deal

Armenia has managed to block a significant arms sale from Belarus to...

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...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers

A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

Russia Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste Hazards in Far North

Confronting one of the most hazardous environmental legacies of the Soviet era,...

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

Eurasian Union Insists Customs Code At No Threat of Delay

The permanent body that runs the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Azerbaijan: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

Russia popularized the concept of “hybrid warfare” starting with its 2014 annexation...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan War of Words Gets Serious

A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking...

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...

Turkey Cool to Azerbaijan's Request for Extradition of Karabakh Visitors

Azerbaijan has asked Turkey to arrest and extradite four Turkish citizens who...

Newly Released Blogger Airs Grievances Against Azerbaijan

If Azerbaijan expected gratitude for releasing a blogger from prison early, it...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

Belarus Balks at Prospect of Big Investments in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s investment climate is so poor that even companies in one of...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign...

Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population...

Russia Complains To Azerbaijan About Discrimination Against Armenians

Russia has formally complained to Azerbaijan about "ethnic discrimination" against Russian citizens of...

Blogger in Distress in Azerbaijan

For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

Despite trade sanctions, Crimea is maintaining connections to international markets. Crimean traders...

Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is against the expansion of the existing Russian airbase in the...

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send...

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to...

Kazakhstan: A Tale of Famine and Flight

When Nurziya Kazhibayeva was six years old, a famine swept across Kazakhstan....

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

Turkmenistan: Report Claims Deputy PM Committed Suicide

Foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan has claimed in a report that...

Uzbekistan: Prices for Staple Goods Rising Sharply

Prices for some staple food items in Uzbekistan have increased sharply this...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

With an Armenian (Finally) in Charge, Will CSTO Alter Course?

After a delay of more than a year, the Russia-led post-Soviet security...

Tajikistan: New Mayor’s Reign Begins With Transport Fiasco

When the president of Tajikistan earlier this year appointed his son to...

Yes, We Can’t! The Apathetic Business of the Armenian Elections

When voters re-elect an incumbent, it usually means the country is on...

Kazakhstan: Russian Provocateur’s Visit Causes Outrage

The recent visit to Kazakhstan by a notoriously provocative and pro-government TV...

At Summit, Aliyev and Nazarbayev Talk Trade and Karabakh

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev traveled across the Caspian on an official visit...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

A mass rally against a tax on unemployment is scheduled to take...

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

Turkmenistan was Turkey's single largest weapons buyer over the past five years,...

Armenia Proposes Kicking Belarus Out of CSTO

The diplomatic brouhaha over a travel blogger has led to senior officials...

Azerbaijan Makes a Show of Israeli-Russian Blogger’s Extradition

An embattled Israeli-Russian travel blogger was trotted in front of news crews in Baku...

Uzbekistan Dreams of Its Own Silicon Valley

Officials in Uzbekistan are reportedly looking into ways of developing a domestic...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM to Run for President

A former prime minister in Kyrgyzstan has declared he plans to run...

Russia Wobbles in Support of Kazakhstan’s Territorial Integrity

The have been some rumblings of irritation in Kazakhstan over reports that...

Tajikistan: Feeling the Eurasian Union’s Gravitational Pull

In a story from the weird news section this past week, Tajik...

Tajikistan: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo on Polish Border

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the...

Azerbaijan and Belarus Catch a Blogger, but What Next?

Travel-blogger Alexander Lapshin’s irreverent reviews have left him in the doghouse before,...

St. Petersburg Summit Accelerates Unraveling of CSTO

Dissension among the nominal allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the...

Russia to Enlist Allies in Fight Against NATO

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

Uzbekistan Picks President, But Who Will Be PM?

The main intrigue in Uzbekistan now the presidential election is over concerns...

Atambayev: Russian Troops Should Leave Kyrgyzstan. But No Rush.

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev has said that Russia needs to leave its...

Eurasia: Tracking the Rise of the Repressintern

Russia has forged an informal network of authoritarian-minded states in Eurasia dedicated...

Georgia: Tbilisi Pedestrians Rage Against the Machines

Last week, several car owners in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, found large...

A History of Ukraine with Big Ambitions, Mixed Results

“To understand the trends underlying current events in Ukraine and their impact...

Kazakhstan: Almaty Shooter Sentenced to Death

A court in Kazakhstan has taken the rare step of handing down...

Is the CSTO Preparing for Peacekeeping in Syria?

Russia's post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, has held discussions...

Struggling Economy Forces Big Defense Spending Cuts in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is facing a large decrease in its military budget as state...

Tajikistan: Youth Group Intimidating Opposition

Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family...

CSTO Struggles to Find New Leadership

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russian-led security bloc, is having trouble...

Kyrgyzstan: Nomad Games Looking to Gain Legitimacy

Imagine if the Olympic Games were held in Genghis Khan’s day –...

Russia -- and Probably No One Else -- Wants CSTO in UN Peacekeeping Missions

Russia and its allies have for the first time carried out exercises...

Kyrgyzstan: Historical Debate Straining Ties with Russia

In the countryside surrounding Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, lots of towns and villages...

What Happened to the August 1991 Soviet Coup Plotters?

Eleven hard-liners in the Soviet government, military, Communist Party, and KGB were...

Russia Brings Military Allies to NATO Border

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

Russia's Military Olympics Expand to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is hosting two events of the International Army Games, a Russia-created...

Kazakhstan Gets Air Defense From Russia, More Military Aircraft In Works

Russia has given Kazakhstan several air defense systems, and the two sides...

SCO Continues To Expand, But To What End?

As the 15th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to...

Kazakhstan Enlisting European Tech To Build Caspian Navy

Kazakhstan is teaming up with German, Turkish, and Spanish firms to boost...

Eurasian Union Hunts For Silver Linings

The summit of leaders from Eurasian Economic Union member states in Astana...

Behind The Scenes, Belarus Resisting Russian Missile Deployment

Russian officials have said that they want to deploy new missiles in...

Minister’s Misstep Exposes Stress in Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Ties

Careless remarks by a minister in Kazakhstan touched off a diplomatic dispute...

Time to Get Tough on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Crisis

The news came on May 11. Tajik prosecutors demanded life sentences for...