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Speculations swirl around closure of pro-government Azerbaijani news agency

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

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...

Tajikistan: Casualties reported in helicopter mountain crash

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...

Turkmenistan: Lots of sinking, not much swimming

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

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...

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...

Perspectives | Testing the realities of Uzbekistan’s reforms

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

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

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

Georgian government shells out on ACs to cool public anger

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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: Former PM charged with corruption over power plant project

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

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...

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...

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

Two Russians are having a conversation following the peaceful revolution in Armenia, goes...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

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

Armenian youth, the ‘engine of the revolution,’ fight for a fairer society

For many of the activists who took to Yerevan's streets in recent...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

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

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...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

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

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

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

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

Azerbaijan watches Armenian rebellion with jealousy and hope

As street protests in Armenia dramatically toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan this...

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

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

Kazakhstan: President’s remarks precipitate crisis at bank

With words he hoped would serve as a sharp kick in 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...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Uzbekistan, Russia to jointly create TV channel

Uzbekistan and Russia have pledged to jointly create a television channel, potentially...

Kyrgyzstan: Rival camps play appointments ping-pong as government teeters

Kyrgyzstan’s not so behind-the-scenes power struggle is fast descending into farce. Six...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutor next for chop as ex-leader’s allies are removed

The high-ranking holdover allies of Kyrgyzstan’s former president are tumbling like bowling...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

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

Kazakhstan threatens to block Telegram

Kazakhstan has warned it will block the popular Telegram messaging app unless...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

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

Tajikistan celebrates its Kemerovo heroes

A group of laborers from Tajikistan who saved dozens of lives during...

Azerbaijan's New Pro-Government TV Network Has Some Familiar Faces

A new, all-news television station has started broadcasting in Azerbaijan. And as...

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

Communications authorities in Kazakhstan have revealed that their efforts to delete online...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Perspectives | Scapegoating Becomes a Pre-Election Ritual in Russia

There were two certainties during the buildup to Russia’s presidential vote on...

Perspectives | Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia

As Russia prepares to hold a presidential election, polling data indicates that an...

Kazakhstan: Court Dubs Opposition Movement Extremist

A court in Kazakhstan has ruled to designate an opposition political movement...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Teaching Tupac to Georgian Tweens

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

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

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

Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

Armenia’s only alpine skier at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea...

Kazakhstan Changes Its Alphabet. Again!

Kazakhstan has barely had time to start getting used to its new...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

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

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

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Kyrgyzstan: Ecologists Run Billboard Experiment to Test Dirty Air

An environmental group in Kyrgyzstan’s capital is running an unusual experiment to...

Kazakhstan Bans Snooping App Over Privacy Concerns

Authorities in Kazakhstan have banned a popular and much-discussed mobile phone app...

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

As Turkey’s military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week,...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

A new superhero called Uyatman appeared on the scene in Kazakhstan a...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

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

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

In late December, a group of men from a nationalist organization broke...

Kazakhstan: Capital Gripped By Snowpocalypse

It takes something unusual on the weather front to perturb the denizens...

Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region

A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

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

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

Armenian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a United States citizen...

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners End Strike After Compromise Reached

Mass industrial action at a coal mining company in Kazakhstan has ended...

Kazakhstan: Smog Envelopes a Freezing Capital

For many a year, strong and chilly winds have been the greatest...

Uzbekistan: Imam Proposes Death Penalty for Radical Muslims

A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has caused a stink by taking to...