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Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

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

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...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

Kazakhstan adopts Hollywood glamor to energize cinema industry

Mondays are not normally a busy day for cinemas, but at least...

Kazakhstan issues hacker warning to banks

Kazakhstan’s security services are sounding the alarm about a possible increase in...

Kazakhstan to send 120 peacekeepers to Lebanon

A senior Defense Ministry official in Kazakhstan has said that 120 troops...

End of the line for Kazakhstan’s independent journalism?

Sometimes, Zeinulla Kakimzhanov enjoys appearing in Forbes magazine....

Kazakhstan threatens to block Telegram

Kazakhstan has warned it will block the popular Telegram messaging app unless...

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...

Kazakhstan: Police detain top reporter for local Forbes

Police in Kazakhstan have raided the offices of the local online edition...

Kyrgyzstan: Former presidential candidate accused of coup-plotting

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have opened a second criminal investigation against former...

China assures Kazakhstan that US trade offensive won't hit imports

China has pledged to boost imports from Kazakhstan and guaranteed that US...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

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

Kazakhstan Reacts to Kemerovo Disaster with Snap Checks

Kazakhstan has responded to a deadly blaze at a shopping mall in...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Figure Sparks Balloon Crackdown 

When Kazakhstan’s Public Enemy No. 1 ordered his supporters to brandish blue...

Kazakhstan’s 1930s Famine Gets Film Treatment as Memories Fade

The set for Berkutchi, a movie production about the manmade famine that...

Uzbekistan Opens New Railway Routes to Kyrgyzstan, Russia

A weekly train running the route from the capital of Uzbekistan to...

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

Communications authorities in Kazakhstan have revealed that their efforts to delete online...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

Kazakhstan: Two High-Profile Trials Conclude with Jailings

Two high-profile criminal trials in Kazakhstan — one for murder and the...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a...

Kazakhstan: Court Dubs Opposition Movement Extremist

A court in Kazakhstan has ruled to designate an opposition political movement...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

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

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

When Sattylyk first arrived in Boz Beshik, a little village poised scenically...

Kazakhstan: President’s Daughter Wades Into Language Issue

The president of Kazakhstan’s daughter, who is herself also a high-ranking politician,...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Kazakhstan: Tackling Taboos Through Theater

A man careers through haze as leather-coated figures give chase against a...

Kazakhstan Changes Its Alphabet. Again!

Kazakhstan has barely had time to start getting used to its new...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

Kazakhstan: Tokmadi Murder Plea Only Creates More Mystery

Murathan Tokmadi, a prominent businessman arrested in Kazakhstan last year on suspicion...

Kazakhstan: Men's Health Magazine Says Nuts to Women's Health

The Kazakhstan edition of Men’s Health magazine has sparked ire on social...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Kazakhstan Bans Snooping App Over Privacy Concerns

Authorities in Kazakhstan have banned a popular and much-discussed mobile phone app...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

Kazakhstan: President to Be Made Lifetime Head of Security Body

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan are considering a bill granting President Nursultan Nazarbayev lifetime...


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,...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

Armenia Reportedly Blocks Belarus-Azerbaijan Arms Deal

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

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

Rumors of The Death of Stalin's Death in Kazakhstan Exaggerated

The Death of Stalin may not be on general release in Kazakhstan,...

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

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

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

A new superhero called Uyatman appeared on the scene in Kazakhstan a...

Kazakhstan: Airlines Warn of Price Increases as Taxes Rise

Some prominent international air carriers working in Kazakhstan last week formed a...

Kazakhstan: Dutch Court Lifts $22B Freeze on National Fund Assets

A court in the Netherlands has lifted a freeze of $22 billion...

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

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

Kazakhstan Succumbs to Arctic Chill

Northern Kazakhstan has succumbed to glacial conditions so extreme that is startling...

Uzbekistan: President, Public Reach Out Helping Hand to Fire Victims' Families

On the first day alone of a public charity drive to assist...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

52 Uzbek Citizens Killed in Bus Blaze in Kazakhstan

Emergency officials in Kazakhstan have reported that at least 52 people were...

Kazakhstan: Traffic Cop Accidentally Rams Presidential HQ in Porsche

The most trivial incidents sometimes tell the most interesting stories. Consider a...

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

It is probably safe to say most people in Kazakhstan are decidedly...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has begun a three-day trip to the United...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

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

Kazakhstan: Capital Gripped By Snowpocalypse

It takes something unusual on the weather front to perturb the denizens...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Kazakhstan: Taxi Industry a Bellwether for the Economy

By Central Asian standards, Almaty has long been considered an expensive city....

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners End Strike After Compromise Reached

Mass industrial action at a coal mining company in Kazakhstan has ended...

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners Declare Strike in Plea For Higher Pay

More than 600 coal miners in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region have gone on...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

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...

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

Iran has launched a new warship on to the Caspian, in what...

Kazakhstan: Smog Envelopes a Freezing Capital

For many a year, strong and chilly winds have been the greatest...

Kazakhstan: Uranium Miner Slashes Output Ahead of Privatization

Kazakhstan’s state-run uranium producer has said it plans to cut back output...

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

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....

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met during a regional security summit...

Kazakhstan: Street Named After President (Predictably)

In a long-awaited move, authorities in Kazakhstan have announced they will rename...

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

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

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

Kazakhstan: Government Presses Forward on Hazy Growth Strategy

Kazakhstan’s government has approved a development strategy blueprint to be implemented by...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

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

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Kyrgyzstan: Notorious High-Ranking Customs Official Fired

A notorious high-ranking customs official in Kyrgyzstan has been fired in a...

Kazakhstan: Mystery Luxury Paris Apartment Buyers Eludes Investigators

Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...