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

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

Letter to the editor: Muslims suffered in Zangazur, too

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

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

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

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

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

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

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

Georgia’s Baby Boom and the Union of Church and Birthrate

To mark St. George's Day this week, the head of Georgia’s Orthodox...

Kazakhstan: Wave of Emigration to Russia Shows No Sign of Abating

The outflow of technically qualified and educated people from Kazakhstan has been...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Uzbekistan: President Tells MPs to Get Onto Social Media

Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in...

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

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

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so...

Kazakhstan: A Tale of Famine and Flight

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

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Russia: Migration Helping to 'Russify' Crimea

A sudden and sizable demographic shift, driven mainly by migration, is helping...

Georgia: Disillusion with Establishment Fuels Rise of Populism

Georgians appear to be growing disillusioned with the country's Western-oriented political elite...

Demographic Divergence

After 25 years of independence, some former Soviet republics are experiencing record...

Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers

Economic pressures are prompting older workers in Kazakhstan to stay on the...

Uzbekistan: Pop Stars Under Scrutiny for Producing Immoral, Unpatriotic Material

Lola Yuldasheva’s image appears in a mirror, her hand running sensuously along...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

The Poor Are the First to Fight in Nagorno-Karabakh

In Armenia, they are called heroes; in Azerbaijan, martyrs. One lived in a...

Georgia Considers National Matchmaking Campaign

A planned nationwide headcount of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes has been announced in Georgia...

Uzbekistan: Local Social Media Site Tries to Displace Facebook

In an attempt to lure local Internet users away from out-of-bounds social...

The Rise of Europe's New Right

Two faces of Europe's refugee debate squared off this week in Dresden,...

Moldova: Disillusionment Spreading Among Younger Generations

Moldova is marking its 24th birthday on August 27 with a big...

Eurasian Union: Creating a Common Space for Condoms?

Russia’s recently announced plans to switch to homemade condoms might be a...

Turkey: Parliamentary Elections Give Ethnic Armenians Political Voice

The results of Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections denied a majority to...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Istanbul

A lone gunman shot and killed one of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s...

Latvia Torn Between Money and Fear of Russia

Vitaly Mansky, a prominent Russian documentary director, remembers the moment when he...

How Plov, a Central Asian Staple, Became a Russian Favorite

Visit a Moscow market, or courtyard, or construction site, and it’s easy...

Forced Labor Still Systematic in Turkmenistan – Report

With the arrival of November, the serfs trickle home from Turkmenistan’s cotton...

Kazakhstan: Astana Entices Kazakhs From Abroad Amid Ukraine Crisis

Astana is rebooting a program to lure ethnic Kazakhs living abroad to...

Uzbekistan: Long Road to Exile for the Crimean Tatars

Rauf Ibragimov was 15 years old when he emerged from a Soviet...

Azerbaijan: Sumgayit Becomes Font of Syria-Bound Jihadists

There are few outward signs to indicate the Azerbaijani city of Sumgayit,...

Armenia: Russia’s Offer of Easy Citizenship Sparks Concerns

Could a massive loss of population be the ultimate price cash-strapped Armenia...

Russian Blacklist Keeps Central Asian Migrants Out

It’s the Central Asian labor migrant’s second-worst nightmare (an encounter with violent...

History, Myth, and the Struggle over Crimea

When empires collapse, disputes over new borders – both political and cultural...

Amid Crimea Crisis, Russia Proposes Expanding Citizenship in Ex-USSR

The Russian government has proposed legislation that would grant citizenship to anyone...

Russia and Crimean Possibilities

While leaders of the Euromaidan movement strive to consolidate their authority, not...

Kazakhstan: Domestic Violence Rising on Political Agenda

When banker Darkhan Botabayev tried to book a flight on Kazakhstan’s national...

Turkmenistan Economic News

Turkmen-Austrian Commission Meets in Vienna...

Azerbaijan: Does Party Game Imitate Life?

More than 25 years after its creation, a party game that enables...

Kazakhstan: Gay Rights Debate Heats Up Amid Homophobic Outbursts

Homophobic rhetoric is on the rise in Kazakhstan, and members of the...

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Hears Another Call for Anti-Gay Law

A member of Kazakhstan’s parliament has called for a new law banning...

Despite Wariness, China-Russia Relations Warming

They share a border running 4,300 kilometers, but have long been divided...

Kazakhstan: Museum Recalls Stalin’s Devastating Legacy

In a sleepy backwater spot on central Kazakhstan’s steppe, an imposing neoclassical...

Armenia: Demographic Imbalance Prompts Move to Ban Fetus Sex Detection

Officials in Armenia want to impose a ban on prenatal sex determination...

Armenia: Military Academies Opening Doors to Women

This year for the first time young women in Armenia can enroll...

Wet 'n Wild in Armenia

Armenians were busy dousing each other with buckets of water on July...

Has The U.S. Green Card Lottery Run Out Of Luck?

WASHINGTON -- Each year around this time, millions of would-be immigrants to...

Will Georgia Ban Abortions?

Georgia has begun thinking of banning abortions after influential Georgian Orthodox Church...

More on Kyrgyzstan's Beer Revolution

Bishkek-based writer Chris Rickleton's wonderful recent Eurasianet article about the booming domestic...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan Hold Talks...

Armenia: Destination Karabakh for Armenian-Syrian Refugees?

As reported earlier by EurasiaNet.org, the arrival in Armenia of Armenian-Syrian refugees...

Central Asia: Thinking about Family Planning

Worldwide, 222 million women want to delay or avoid pregnancy but have...

Russia: Moscow Tightens Rules for Labor Migrants

Russia is suffering from a labor shortage. But President Vladimir Putin, in...

Turkey: What's Behind the AKP's New Anti-Abortion Agenda?

Talk about changing the subject....

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Community in Afghanistan Looking for a Way Out

A slight, kalpak-wearing man from Afghanistan with weathered cheeks, Abduvali Abdulrashid looks...

Turkey: Twitter Cuts Two Ways

Social media has been a boon for democratization forces around the world,...

Kazakhstan: Astana at a Turning Point

You see banners all across Kazakhstan, strung across government buildings, on airport...

Turkey: Syrian Strife Could Have Unsettling Impact on Southern Province

With the escalation of civil warfare in Syria, the flow of refugees...

Kazakhstan: Concern Rising Over Ethnic Kazakh Returnees

Not far from Kazakhstan’s main seaport on the Caspian Sea lies a...

Eurovision in Baku: Can Azerbaijan Handle the Gay Dimension of European Pop?

With performers from all over Europe getting ready to descend on Baku...

Armenia: Are Selective Abortions Behind Birth Ratio Imbalance?

Armenia’s high rate of male births is alarming international and Armenian pre-natal...

Turkey: Kurdish Youth Losing Faith in Peaceful Protests

Amed cannot recall the day 19 years ago when the Turkish army...

Armenia: Russian Guest Worker Program Highlights Population Drain

A Russian government program that pays Russian-speakers to migrate to Russia is...

Tensions Growing Between Azerbaijan and Iran?

An increasing number of protests in Azerbaijan in recent months has Baku...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Russia, China Probing for Advantage

Lately the foreign press hasn't paid much attention to the Shanghai Cooperation...

Russia: Democratization Not Dead Yet - Expert

Even though democratization in Russia is going through a lockdown phase at...

Mongolia: The Land of Steppes Searches for Urban Planning Solution

Mongolia may be best known for its endless steppe and nomadic culture,...

Russia: Facing a Demographic Time-Bomb?

Russia is experiencing an unprecedented demographic crisis, according to a prominent American...

Georgia’s Migration Numbers Remain a Guessing Game

A lack of reliable data on Georgian migration trends could have a...

Uzbeks Leaving Southern Kyrgyzstan in “Mass Exodus”

Many of southern Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic Uzbeks, facing continued harassment from local authorities,...

Tajikistan: A Defense of Nepotism

Interesting this defense of nepotism should come as Central Asian leaders are...

Georgia's Elderly Remarkable, But Record-breaking?

Recent publicity about an allegedly 129-year-old woman living in a mountain village...

Central Asia: Russia Grapples with Labor-Migrant Dilemma

With the onset of spring fast approaching, Russia is preparing for a...

Azerbaijan: Draft Law Sparks Debate on Selective Abortions of Female Fetuses

A provision in a draft law that would be Azerbaijan's first comprehensive...

Mongolia: Ethnic Kazakhs Eye Land of Opportunity to the West

There was a festive mood in a village in Mongolia's Khovd District...