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Georgia, Iran spar over tourists in hijab

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

Kazakhstan: Major retailer suing over website ban

Ham-fisted attempts by officials in Kazakhstan to stymie online shoppers’ ability to...

Azerbaijan starts blocking online pornography

Azerbaijan’s government has begun to block internet pornography sites. While this is...

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

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

Sex webcam scene thriving in Kyrgyzstan

Police in Kyrgyzstan say they are powerless to stop the growth of...

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...

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...

Kazakhstan: Will Astana’s financial gamble pay off?

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

Nine Armenian teenagers wounded in anti-LGBT attack

Nine LGBT activists and their friends were attacked in a village in...

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...

Teen rape in Azerbaijan spotlights abuse and forced marriages

The alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl, followed by her family arranging...

Georgia legalizes it – sort of

Georgia has become the first former Soviet state to legalize the consumption...

Crackdown widens in Azerbaijan’s second city as police kill assassination suspects

In the wake of the attempted assassination of the mayor of Ganja,...

Kazakhstan court rules against deporting ethnic Kazakh to China

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

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

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

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency business can be a flash in the pan....

Kyrgyzstan: Is notorious customs boss back in business?

A decision taken this week by a court in Kyrgyzstan to reinstate a disgraced...

Russia’s Georgian drinking problem

Russia, the world’s biggest drinker of Georgian wine, has threatened to tighten...

Perspectives | Russia’s migration landscape: New policies, new contradictions

Anybody trying to understand the apparent inconsistencies of Russia’s migration landscape needed...

Tajikistan: Former students of Islam return to nothing

In the past eight years, around 3,400 young people have been brought...

Turkey’s foreign minister visits Azerbaijan in first overseas trip

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu traveled to Baku and pledged to continue...

Kyrgyzstan: President offers olive branch to civil society

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has surprised many in the country by hosting...

Armenia's uprising spreads to its church

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

Kazakh owner of multimillion-dollar Paris apartment shrouded in mystery

More than half a year after news emerged that an alleged mysterious...

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,...

Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

Outside Abkhazia’s derelict former parliament, burnt beyond repair during the territory’s secessionist...

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...

Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

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

On trial in Georgia: the right to compare a person to a reproductive organ

A high-profile sexual harassment scandal that has rocked Georgia's activist community has...

Perspectives | Testing the realities of Uzbekistan’s reforms

It’s time for a reality check on Uzbekistan’s reforms....

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament back on the donkey trail again?

Donkey meat is back on the menu in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament – or...

Kazakhstan: New law limits outflow of money

A law has come into effect in Kazakhstan stiffening control over the...

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

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

Following Armenian uprising, Azerbaijan’s saber rattling grows louder

Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent...

Uzbekistan: Prosecutors reveal talks on Karimova’s Swiss accounts

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

Kazakhstan is throttling the internet when the president’s rival is online

Every evening for the past four months, social media websites have become...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

Two Syrian airlines have been denied access to Georgian airspace in retaliation...

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...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

In the shadow of war: Life in Armenia’s defensive corridor

On April 4, 2016, Gevorg Azoyan was in the mountains of Karabakh...

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president paying the price for years of abrasive rule

Over the six years in which he ran Kyrgyzstan, former President Almazbek...

Georgia gets new PM promising "small government"

Georgia has a new prime minister-designate after a surprise decision by former...

Perspectives | Russia’s grassroots environmentalists form civil society’s vanguard

When Vladimir Putin was asked about air pollution during last week’s marathon...

Washed-up Kyrgyz official heads Tajikistan telecoms company

A mobile phone company in Tajikistan has appointed a disgraced former government...

Russian-speaking LGBT activists paint a rainbow in New York

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

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...

Whither Armenia’s jailed opposition?

After forcing Armenia’s authoritarian ruler Serzh Sargsyan out of office in April,...

Kazakhstan tackles panic following meningitis cases

Authorities in Kazakhstan are scrambling to reassure the public that they have...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

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

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

The United Nations office in Kyrgyzstan has issued a rare criticism of...

How Kyrgyzstan’s new president turned on his mentor

It was just half a year ago that Kyrgyzstan made history with...

Stolen cattle provoke anti-Turkish backlash in Georgian border villages

Residents of a village on Georgia's border with Turkey have blocked a...

A libertarian Georgian “church” aids young draft dodgers

In a modern office space in Tbilisi’s trendy Vake district, a scruffy...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and...

Kyrgyzstan OKs extradition of Ablyazov supporter to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have agreed to grant a request from neighboring Kazakhstan...

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

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

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...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

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

Georgian court rules metro workers must strike “outside working hours”

After a Georgian court ruled that protesting subway workers can strike only...

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

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

Turkey opens criminal probe of Armenian lawmaker for ‘insulting’ speech

A Turkish prosecutor has opened an investigation into a lawmaker of Armenian...

Class war: Armenia's student protesters set sights on universities

Students played a key role in the protests that ousted long-time leader...

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...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

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

Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

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

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

Georgia's fierce culture wars escalated over the weekend after a heavy-handed police...

Kazakhstan: Police crack down on anti-government rallies

A rights group in Kazakhstan has said numerous people were detained by...

Pashinyan team hints at release of radical opposition figure

An ally of Armenia's prime minister has suggested that the new authorities...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

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

Georgia’s condemned condoms

Safe sex has become the latest battleground in Georgia's culture wars after...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

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

Kazakhstan may close local elections to independents

Fresh legislation on elections in Kazakhstan could consolidate the ruling party in...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

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

Armenia’s parliament rejects opposition leader; protests resume

Armenia's parliament has voted down protest leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become...

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

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

Tajikistan: Former head of liquidated bank under arrest

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

Tajikistan takes another go at bond market

Heavily indebted Tajikistan has reportedly decided to take another run at the...

Can a reclining Georgian nationalist fake his way to the top?

An unusual meme swept Georgia’s internet last month. Netizens were posting photos...

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

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

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

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

Tajikistan unplugs internet users on officials’ whim

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

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

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

Thousands gather in Yerevan, demanding Sargsyan step down

Armenians took to the streets on the evening of April 13 to...

Tajikistan: With e-wallets scuppered, shoppers more stranded than ever

A recent desperate and quixotic measure by Tajikistan’s government to boost budget...

Heavy metal fights to survive, and bridge communities, in the Caucasus

In a damp, dimly lit tunnel underneath Tbilisi, a singer, clad in...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

There was a time when Turkey felt like a safe haven for...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan security service agents' immunity worries experts

Uzbekistan has just adopted a new law regulating the functions of its...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Six Georgian miners die in collapse, reinforcing calls for better labor safety

Six miners were killed and three seriously injured on April 5 after...

Tajikistan's ruling family extends control over telecoms

The utter control wielded by Tajikistan’s ruling family over business in the...