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Turkmenistan: Digging your way out of trouble

There is a sequence in Barbet Schroeder’s 1974 documentary about the late Ugandan leader...

Turkish lira casts pall over Caucasus and Central Asia

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

Georgia, Iran spar over tourists in hijab

The government of Iran has reprimanded Georgia for allegedly forcing Iranian women...

Kazakhstan: Activist fined over menstruation picket

A court in Kazakhstan’s business capital has fined an activist after she...

Speculations swirl around closure of pro-government Azerbaijani news agency

The Azerbaijani authorities have pulled the plug on the news agency APA,...

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...

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

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

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...

Uzbekistan remains desolate place for opposition politics

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

Tajikistan: Helicopter carrying 13 mountaineers crashes

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

Suspected gangland hit rocks Kyrgyzstan's capital

Kyrgyzstan’s capital was the scene of a dramatic episode of gangland violence...

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...

Turkmenistan: Facts are stubborn things

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

Kazakhstan: Will Astana’s financial gamble pay off?

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

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...

Kazakhstan court rules against deporting ethnic Kazakh to China

An ethnic Kazakh woman who faced deportation to China after crossing into...

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

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

Turkmenistan: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

Finally some good news is on the horizon for Turkmenistan....

Kyrgyzstan: Death at Swift Horse Lake

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

Azerbaijan’s music festival mixes pop and politics

If your last name ends in “yan” and you are headed to...

Saudis brag about giving Tajikistan $200M in aid

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

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...

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...

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...

Russian press portrays Armenia's Pashinyan as "carbon copy" of Poroshenko

Russia appears to have stepped up its information war against the new...

The soft power of fame: A Kazakh star in China

In May, China televised a live concert to celebrate its grand infrastructure...

Armenia's uprising spreads to its church

On a dirt road high in the mountains of southern Armenia, the...

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...

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

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

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...

Kazakhstan: Giant Squirrel Stirs Backlash

A giant squirrel astride a busy main road in Almaty, Kazakhstan, caused...

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

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

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...

Uzbekistan: Prosecutors reveal talks on Karimova’s Swiss accounts

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan have said that they are in talks with their...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Feisty newspaper rages against the dying of the light

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

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

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

A Russian startup releases an electronic angel for women

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

Will there be wine on Mars?

Next time Matt Damon gets marooned on Mars, he may be whiling...

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...

With loss of parliament, Georgia's second city prepares for a downgrade

When Georgia moved its parliament to Kutaisi – 150 miles and more...

Mass poisonings reported in Azerbaijan's cotton fields

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

World Cup opens in Russia as Ramadan comes to a close

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

Kazakhstan: Ablyazov-linked trial kicks off amid scuffles

A courthouse in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, was a picture of chaos...

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

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

Turkmenistan’s mommy issues

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

Tajikistan: No laughing matter as comedian journalist goes on trial

The criminal trial of well-known journalist and comedian in Tajikistan is set...

Pashinyan effect spreads to Nagorno-Karabakh

The protests may not have looked like much: a couple of hundred...

Kazakhstan and renewables: Make-believe or visionary trend-setting?

A friendly cartoon character appears onscreen and fantasizes about how “grand wizard...

Georgian vigilantes take on South Ossetia’s creeping border crisis

Russian soldiers hold a position just 250 meters from Georgia's main east-west...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

The joy that Tursynzhan Yesenalyuly felt in moving to his ethnic homeland...

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

A pair of tourists enjoy an al fresco meal at a café...

Kazakhstan: Senators down on getting high

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament have...

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

Skype, Viber return in Uzbekistan

Fans of low-cost communication in Uzbekistan celebrated on May 23 as Skype...

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

Russian officials believe they have come up with an innovative way to...

Kyrgyzstan: Former president drops libel claims against reporters, activist

The embattled former president of Kyrgyzstan has announced he is dropping his...

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

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

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...

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

As the Washington rain beat down during the conclusion of Uzbek President...

Uzbekistan mulls introducing Islamic banking

Thoughts in Uzbekistan have turned to introducing Islamic banking services — a...

Armenia's protesters take fight to Yerevan mayor's office

Protesters broke in to Yerevan's city hall and demanded the resignation of...

Georgia stakes place on wild frontier of blockchain governance

In Tbilisi’s industrial-chic factory-turned-cultural center Fabrika, a mix of glamorous Georgian models,...

Perspectives | Tashkent Syndrome: Is Uzbekistan getting a free pass?

What is the right bar against which to measure the seriousness of...

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

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

Stink bugs invade Georgia; Russia blames the U.S.

Something caught the eye of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in the middle...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

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

Armenian youth, the ‘engine of the revolution,’ fight for a fairer society

For many of the activists who took to Yerevan's streets in recent...

Uzbekistan’s Ilkhom Theater: 10 years without Mark Weil, a lesson in survival

One recent evening, visitors to Tashkent’s Ikhom Theater were met at the...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

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

Protests in Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan's unlikely rise

Nikol Pashinyan, who has led the largest political protests in Armenia's post-Soviet...

Reports: Pakistan pushes through accelerated plan for TAPI

Depending on whom you believe, the TAPI pipeline is either going to...

Russia deploys teachers to Tajikistan on goodwill mission

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

Georgia witnesses second coming of Bidzina Ivanishvili

Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili has emerged from seclusion to take back...

New report lifts lid on Azerbaijani elites’ business empires

Azerbaijan’s most powerful families have been using offshore networks to make investments...

Tajikistan: Former head of liquidated bank under arrest

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

Armenia's leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Armenia's longtime leader stepped down April 23, toppled by an overwhelming wave...

Uzbekistan signs up to TAPI pipeline

Uzbekistan has committed to take part in constructing the natural gas pipeline...

As Stalin-era factory turns to crypto mining, Georgian workers protest

The Agara Sugar Company, in the eponymous town about 90 kilometers from...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament topples PM, the ex-president's final holdover ally

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have turned in dramatic fashion on the government and...

Kyrgyzstan's president waives libel fee as he shows a softer side

The president of Kyrgyzstan has earned some brownie points with the activist...

Armenia's Sargsyan appointed PM as protestors declare "velvet revolution"

Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister...