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Turkish lira casts pall over Caucasus and Central Asia

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

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan talk up new era of amity

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

Perspectives | On the importance of being Soviet

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

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...

Internet grinds to near-halt in Tajikistan

Whole swathes of the internet have been blocked in Tajikistan following the...

Tajikistan seizes momentum to tar opposition as terrorists

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced 14 people that authorities say were...

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...

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

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

Music review | Straight outta Kazakhstan, rapping in Russian

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

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...

Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

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

New York theater fills Russian community’s hunger for drama

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

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

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

A Russian startup releases an electronic angel for women

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

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

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

Uzbekistan: Ferghana farmers seek fortune in Karakalpakstan wilderness

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

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

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

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

The concept of Russkii Mir (the Russian World) has been one of...

Kyrgyzstan: Jeenbekov goes to Beijing with China the talk of Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s state visit to China kicked off on June...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

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

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

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

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

After a long hibernation, organized political opposition is making a comeback in...

Uzbekistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir trial a testbed for religious boundaries

The opening hearing of Guzal Tokhtakhadjayeva’s criminal trial last month began late...

Azerbaijan marks centennial of democratic republic with little fanfare

One hundred years ago this month, the first secular democracy in the...

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

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

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

Temir Bolotbek feels strongly about architecture. So much so, that a squabble...

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...

Perspectives | Livestreaming Armenia’s “velvet revolution”

Armenia excels at video. Even before Internet was widely available in the...

Perspectives | Navigating Xinjiang’s security checkpoints

In recent years, Chinese authorities have established numerous checkpoints in cities and...

Perspectives | Eric Lee’s The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution

The Georgian Democratic Republic was short lived – lasting only from 1918...

Russia deploys teachers to Tajikistan on goodwill mission

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

Kyrgyzstan and its government: New names, old faces, uncertain future

There is at least one new thing about Kyrgyzstan’s latest prime minister....

Tajikistan unplugs internet users on officials’ whim

Countless internet users in Tajikistan were knocked offline for much of April...

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...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

End of the line for Kazakhstan’s independent journalism?

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

Kyrgyzstan: In Kazarman, nothing gold can stay

The language of gold-making spills easily from people’s mouths in Kazarman. Every...

Tajikistan, Russia airlines war takes turn for the worse

Aviation authorities in Russia and Tajikistan are intensifying their battle of wills...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

With a cartoon character tattooed to her wrist and a pierced eyebrow,...

Georgian President Stumps for More US Support, Details to Follow

On his recent visit to Washington, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili took every...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

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

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...

Uzbekistan's Morality Guardians Claim Win as Turkish Soap is Dropped from Air

“Today is the last day you will be watching your heroes. […]...

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

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

Teaching Tupac to Georgian Tweens

A middle-aged school teacher pulling off a hip-hop act with her students...

Kazakhstan: President’s Daughter Wades Into Language Issue

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

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

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

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

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

Armenia's Next President Faces Eligibility Challenge

Investigations by Armenian opposition media have suggested that the ruling party's candidate...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in...

Controversy Dogs Rollout of Saakashvili’s Book in Armenia

A memoir by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has received a rocky...

Kyrgyzstan’s Diaspora: An evening of Music and Conversation

The Kyrgyz are among the smallest and newest Central Asian diasporas to...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

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

Georgia: US-Funded Media Outlet Grapples with Controversy

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

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

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

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

Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies

The president of Uzbekistan has embarked on another sally against the powerful...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Such was the crowd of people in Tajikistan’s capital that turned up...

Tajikistan: President’s Son Intervenes to Save Messaging Apps

Users of messaging apps in Tajikistan have had a rollercoaster start to...

Azerbaijan’s Pre-Soviet Independence Embroiled in Post-Soviet Polemics

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the...

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by...

Azerbaijan: Elaborate Smear Campaign Targets Prominent Activist

A scandal has erupted in Azerbaijani legal and activist circles after the...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

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

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

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

Tajikistan: President Seizes on Audiobook Fad

The president of Tajikistan appears to be seizing on the audiobook fad...

Currency Reform in Uzbekistan: Pain Precedes Gain

On the morning of November 15, motorists in Uzbekistan arrived at filling...

Kazakhstan: New Latin Alphabet Criticized as Apostrophe Catastrophe

Just weeks after making its debut, Kazakhstan’s provisional Latin alphabet is drawing...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

Most of the streets of Sukhumi, capital of the Georgian-claimed secessionist region...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers

The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than...

Russia’s Oil Industry: Surmounting the Bolshevik Legacy of Inefficiency

As an economic experiment, the communist system of central planning constituted a...

Kazakhstan: President Sees Red Over Collapsing Bank

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has angrily condemned management at  a mid-sized bank...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...