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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...

Speculations swirl around closure of pro-government Azerbaijani news agency

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

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...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

On August 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Aktau, Kazakhstan, to take...

Protesters break up press conference by recently released Armenian ex-president

A day after being released on bail, Armenia's former president Robert Kocharyan...

Tajikistan: Rights groups urge clemency for journalist in appeal

A court in Tajikistan is this week set to hear the appeal...

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...

Azerbaijani opposition leader Ilgar Mammadov freed

Azerbaijan’s most prominent opposition leader, Ilgar Mammadov, was released from prison on...

Tajikistan: Casualties reported in helicopter mountain crash

A news website in Tajikistan has reported that three mountaineers and two...

Uzbekistan: Art lovers create online catalog for Savitsky collection

Art experts have begun assembling an online catalog of the collection at...

Suspected gangland hit rocks Kyrgyzstan's capital

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

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...

Internet grinds to near-halt in Tajikistan

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

Killings in Tajikistan send chill through tourism business

The murder of four foreign cyclists in Tajikistan this week has al...

Tajikistan seizes momentum to tar opposition as terrorists

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

Pankisi women win top prize in Georgian cooking show

Two women from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge have won first place on a...

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...

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...

Music review | Straight outta Kazakhstan, rapping in Russian

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

Billionaire’s big talk on his big plans for Georgia

Love him or hate him, Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili is the...

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

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

Armenia’s former president Kocharyan charged for "usurping state power"

The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, has appeared in a Yerevan...

Georgia’s displaced stuck in crumbling Soviet resort town

In the ruined resort town of Tskaltubo, the Soviet-era hotels were once...

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...

Turkmenistan: Lots of sinking, not much swimming

In keeping with the summer holiday season, news out of Turkmenistan has...

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...

Kazakh owner of multimillion-dollar Paris apartment shrouded in mystery

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

Now hiring in Georgia: presidential candidates

Presidential elections are scheduled for this fall in Georgia, and many expect...

Turkmenistan: No rest for the wicked

Turkmenistan’s president has gone on his summer break, leading to a phenomenal...

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

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

Tajikistan: Prosecutors warn media not to discuss journalist's jailing

Stung by the outpouring of criticism over the sentencing of a journalist...

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...

Ra-Si-Ya: How Kyrgyzstan supported Russia in the World Cup

On July 7, Russia faced Croatia in the soccer World Cup quarterfinals. ...

Perspectives | Testing the realities of Uzbekistan’s reforms

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

Did a Russian spy supply boots and bags to the Georgian army?

A man who once supplied intelligence to Russia also has been supplying...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Georgia to extradite Turk involved in killing of Russian pilot

Georgia has arrested a Turkish man allegedly involved in the killing of...

Georgian government shells out on ACs to cool public anger

School admissions tests can make students break a metaphorical sweat. But that...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

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

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

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...

Azerbaijan's military operation in Nakhchivan: less than meets the eye?

Officials in Azerbaijan have been lauding a “historic” military operation, demonstrating the...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

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

Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in...

Kazakhstan: Senate speaker signals Nazarbayev won't run in 2020

The speaker of Kazakhstan’s parliament has dropped a political bombshell by stating...

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

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

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Armenia’s revolutionary government steps up anti-corruption purge

Armenia's authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government...

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

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

Karabakh villagers wary of returning to showcase village on frontline

Elmira Sahakyan's son was seven days old when war broke out in...

Turkmenistan’s mommy issues

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

Washed-up Kyrgyz official heads Tajikistan telecoms company

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

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

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...

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

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

Turkmenistan’s vicious cycle

The president of Turkmenistan’s love affair...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM arrested in corruption probe

Former Kyrgyzstan prime minister Sapar Isakov has been been taken into custody...

Turkish prosecutor declines to charge activists over Armenian Genocide commemoration

A Turkish prosecutor has decided against charging members of a human rights...

Georgian vigilantes take on South Ossetia’s creeping border crisis

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

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

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

Azerbaijani military advances on tense Nakhchivan-Armenia border

Azerbaijan's military has advanced further into a no man's land on the...

Stolen cattle provoke anti-Turkish backlash in Georgian border villages

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

Uzbekistan assailed by cataclysmic sand and salt storm

Remote western regions of the Uzbekistan have for several days been assailed...

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

It is not often that you hear about cotton from Turkmenistan, although...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM charged with corruption over power plant project

Security services in Kyrgyzstan said on May 29 that they are charging...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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

Armenian leader Pashinyan’s son volunteers to serve in Karabakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s son has enlisted in the military and...

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...

Armenia's new leadership shows a common touch

Riding the subway. Eating a fast-food burger. Laundry. Armenia's new leaders, it...

Skype, Viber return in Uzbekistan

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

Tajikistan: Was Iran protest a fake?

A protest rally that occurred in front of Iran’s embassy in Tajikistan...

Turkmenistan: After us, the flood will come

Advancing his apparent quest to be photographed at the helm of every...

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...

As ties with Turkey suffer, Israel moves to recognize Armenian genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian...

Kyrgyzstan: Former president drops libel claims against reporters, activist

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

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

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

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

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

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

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