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Why Georgians second-guess their doctors

Veranika Ebralidze, a stay-at-home mother of two from Tbilisi, took a deep...

Thousands of protesters shut down Armenia’s capital, dozens injured in clashes

Protests in Armenia continued for a fourth straight day on April 16,...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Perspectives | After Russia's Election, Expect Economy to Putter On as Before

In the two months between Vladimir Putin’s virtually assured victory on March...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

The Armenian Ministry of Health has proposed significantly increasing fines for smoking...

New Georgian Hospital Aims to Heal, and Win, Abkhazian Hearts and Minds

Two kilometers from the border crossing into breakaway Abkhazia, the village of...

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Tajikistan: President’s Son Intervenes to Save Messaging Apps

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

Azerbaijan: Elaborate Smear Campaign Targets Prominent Activist

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

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising – Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently...

Georgia: Case of Abducted Azeri Journalist Stays in Spotlight, as Investigation Lags

Before this summer, if Leyla Mustafayeva walked into a coffee shop in...

Uzbekistan: Prosecutors Go After Sadist Local Official

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan have reacted swiftly to the indignation generated by footage...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Punitive Psychiatry Reemerges in Post-Soviet States

Last summer, Crimean Tatar political activist Ilmi Umerov was receiving treatment for...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Finds Against Newspaper, Activist, Orders Them to Pay $260,000

In a blow against press freedom in Kyrgyzstan, a court has found...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Land Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

A civic activist in Kazakhstan jailed for his involvement in land protests...

Can Georgia Save the World from Antibiotics Overuse?

Dr. Zemfira Alavidze’s desk was covered with a variety of antibiotics –...

Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

For the past few weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, teams of officials...

Kyrgyzstan: Tree-Chopping Divides Greens and Urban Planners

Without warning, city workers descended on a leafy street recently in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result...

Turkmenistan: Death and Corruption at the Top of the Tree

Occupying high office in Turkmenistan is never a comfortable affair, but this...

Kyrgyzstan: Thin-Skinned President Sets Dogs on Media, Again

Life in Kyrgyzstan for independent media and critics of President Almazbek Atambayev...

Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Kyrgyzstan’s top prosecutor has accused two major media outlets of insulting the...

Uzbekistan: Is Hike in Mecca Pilgrimage Quota Another Sign of Thaw?

Later this month, groups of Muslim pilgrims from Uzbekistan will begin making...

Kyrgyzstan: President's Remarks Ruffle Feathers in Kazakhstan

Unguarded comments made by Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev in remarks to Euronews...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Kazakhstan Basks in Student Games Success

Kazakhstan is patting itself on the back after a successful conclusion to...

Kyrgyzstan: Teenager Suicide Sparks Scrutiny of Internet

The recent suicide of a teenager in Kyrgyzstan has ignited a moral...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest

“He opened our eyes.” Toizhan’s face lit up as she recalled how...

Kazakhstan: Registration Law Claiming Lives

Anger is mounting in Kazakhstan at a strict new residency registration law...

Uzbekistan: Swiss Prosecutor Visit Reveals a Defiant Karimova

One veil of mystery has been lifted from the saga surrounding the...

Opposition Mounts to Georgia’s War on Drugs

Authorities in Georgia have forcibly harvested over 33 tons of its citizens’...

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the...

Kazakhstan: Section of Central EXPO-2017 Building Collapses

A section of a building bang in the center of the EXPO-2017...

Turkmenistan: Shortages in the Era of Might and Happiness

Turkmenistan celebrated the 25th anniversary of independence recently with a mass show...

Does Saakashvili’s Resignation Mean the End for Ukraine’s Georgian Reformers?

With the resignation this week of Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili as governor...

Tajikistan: President's Son Takes Hard Look at Corruption

The son of Tajikistan’s leader, a 29-year old sometimes touted as a...

Can Millionaires Fix Armenia?

You know it’s time for change when you’ve had an armed standoff...

Kazakhstan: Land Trial Hinges on Dubious Testimonies

After a week of hearings, the trial in Kazakhstan of two antigovernment...

I'm Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov And I'm Asking For Your Vote

Authorities in Turkmenistan have announced that the country will conduct a presidential...

Kyrgyzstan Faces Mounting Debt Pile

An International Monetary Fund official is sounding the alarm over Kyrgyzstan’s rapidly...

Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev made...

Uzbekistan on Verge of Declaring President Karimov Dead

An announcement on the death of Uzbekistan’s president appears imminent as a...

Uzbekistan: President Karimov's Illness Forces Decision on Succession

Only a few crumbs of information have been provided so far about...

Uzbekistan: President's Daughter Says Leader Had Brain Hemorrhage

New light has been shed on the state of health of Uzbekistan’s...

Uzbekistan: Government Announces President is Ill

In an unprecedented development, Uzbekistan’s government has officially announced that President Islam...

Kazakhstan: Living with Semipalatinsk’s Nuclear Fallout

In the village of Znamenka in northeastern Kazakhstan, adults have vivid memories...

Kazakhstan: Sex Workers Call for Legalization of Prostitution

Sex workers in Kazakhstan want to make the world’s oldest profession a...

Tajikistan: Opposition Politician Dies in Jail as Another's Life is in Balance

A high-ranking member of a banned opposition party in Tajikistan jailed for...

Azerbaijan: Growing Number of Citizens Heading Abroad for Medical Care

Just about everyone in Azerbaijan has heard scary tales about the country’s...

Uzbekistan: Teachers Mobilized for Ferghana’s Cotton Season

When cotton-picking season comes around in Uzbekistan, lists of names start to...

Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers

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

Georgia: Women Taking Action Against Domestic Violence

Georgian government initiatives, including legislation to criminalize domestic violence, appear to be...

After Munitions Plant Explosion, Baku Takes Pains with Public Response

Azerbaijan's government has responded with uncharacteristic solicitousness to an explosion at a...

Armenia: Yerevan Gunmen Grab More Hostages at Police Station

New hostages were taken in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, on July 27 as...

Armenia's Hostage Crisis: Protesters Arrested, but Not Gunmen

With no end in sight to Yerevan’s police-hostage crisis, the arrest of...

Kazakhstan: Stricter Laws to Follow Almaty Shootings

In the wake of the deadly Almaty shootings, authorities in Kazakhstan are...

Kyrgyzstan: Askarov Hearing Opens Amid High Nerves

Security was tight in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on July 11 as the Supreme...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Beating Puts Spotlight on Issue of Domestic Violence

Pop music producer and actress Bayan Yessentayeva may not be the most...

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Submit to Chinese Capture

Fifth in a Five-Part Series...

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Central Asian Visions of IT Boom Look Distant

Social media websites and messenger services have fast become a ubiquitous fixture...

Azerbaijan: What Is the Ombudsperson’s Role in Human Rights?

With the June 17-19 Formula One race in Baku drawing closer, Azerbaijani...

Kazakhstan: Metals Spill Into River Sowing Alarm

An accident at a metals mining-and-processing complex in a northern Kazakhstan town...

Tajikistan: Weary Population Resigned to a President-for-Life

The ballot in Tajikistan’s weekend referendum was childlike in its simplicity. It...

Uzbekistan: Labor Migrants Looking Beyond Russia

When spring arrives, countless working-age men and women in Uzbekistan have traditionally...

Kazakhstan: Head for the Hills, but Leave the Car at Home

Good news for hikers and bikers in Kazakhstan’s business hub as a...

Kazakhstan: Cafe Dispels Disability Stereotypes

Zhuldyz Abdykarimova is catching her breath after the lunchtime rush, wiping down...

'Gutted Like a Pig': Grieving Mother Takes on Russia's Organ Donation System

When her 19-year-old daughter passed away two years ago after being hit...

Tajikistan: Banking Crisis Nears Cracking Point

Tajikistan’s banking system is edging closer to the precipice. Panic is spreading...

Russia's Disabled Hit Hard By New Rules

Daniil is 5 years old, but he has spent more time in...

Georgian President Remains a Divisive Figure

The unexplained resignation in late December of Irakli Gharibashvili from the post...

Looking at Latvia’s Cultural Fault Line

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica.  Part 1 of...

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan: Corruption, Shmorruption

The people of Uzbekistan are apparently satisfied corruption is on the wane,...

Kazakhstan: Activist Released Pending Appeal Hearing

A political activist recently jailed on charges of inciting ethnic strife has...

Russia Sees American-Georgian Flu Conspiracy

The latest seasonal outbreak of conspiracy theories in Russia has it that...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Jail Two More Activists

Two political activists have been jailed in Kazakhstan on charges of inciting...

Turkmenistan: Cigarette "Ban" More Than It Seems

Several international media have pounced with fascination on news that Turkmenistan has...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Make Martyrs of Political Nobodies

Authorities in Kazakhstan have flexed their muscles in an attempt to rattle...

What Does Azerbaijan’s Crackdown Look Like From the Inside?

It has been a year since Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was...

Tajikistan Unjustly Bullish on Fight Against HIV

Tajikistan has declared an oddly premature victory over HIV/AIDS even as the...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Issues Rallying Cry To Fight Crisis

Kazakhstan may be experiencing its toughest economic times in years, but its...

Armenia: Church, State Joining Forces Against Western Religious Groups?

As Armenia readies for a controversial December 6 referendum, public attention has...

Georgia: Constitutional Court Decision Stokes Debate on Marijuana Legalization

Drug legalization advocates in Georgia have reason to cheer. The South Caucasus...

Kyrgyzstan: Funds Drying Up for Fight Against TB

With less than two months left before the year is out, tuberculosis...

Tajikistan: Army Recruiters Killed at Height of Conscription Season

Two officers with the military mobilization office in Tajikistan were killed over...

Banished Tibetan Lama Says He Was Warned by Russian Authorities

A prominent Tibetan lama who has been ordered out of Russia says...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Harvest Monitors Face Intimidation

Uzbekistan has pledged more transparency in a cotton industry blighted by a...

‘They Locked Me Up and Left Me’: Armenia's Outdated Mental Health Laws

It started as a family row over property. Julietta Amarikian and her...

Georgia: Healthcare Costs Making Health Ministry Wheeze

The Georgian government is now providing state-funded healthcare for roughly 90 percent...