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Kazakhstan: Activist fined over menstruation picket

A court in Kazakhstan’s business capital has fined an activist after she...

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

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

Teen rape in Azerbaijan spotlights abuse and forced marriages

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

Kyrgyzstan: President offers olive branch to civil society

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

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

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

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

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

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

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

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

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...

Small gay rights rally held in Tbilisi amid fears of violence

Gay rights groups in Georgia called off a planned rally on May...

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

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

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

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

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

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

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...

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

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

Easter in Georgia: Making the perfect paska

The sweet, pungent aroma of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves hangs in...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian village becomes showcase of postwar reconstruction

Two years ago, Azerbaijani troops entered the village of Talish, less than...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

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

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

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

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Perspectives | New Book Purports to Offer "Smoking Gun" Proving Armenian Genocide

The idea that the Ottoman government intentionally destroyed its Armenian population during...

Perspectives | Putin's Reelection Won't Fix Poverty and Pensions

Russians are growing frustrated with poor healthcare, underfunded schools, and increasing poverty,...

Perspectives | Armenia's Women's Month Is Chance to Turn Tributes into Action

While many countries celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, Armenia kicked...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

When Sattylyk first arrived in Boz Beshik, a little village poised scenically...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Tackling Taboos Through Theater

A man careers through haze as leather-coated figures give chase against a...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

Azerbaijan's president has claimed that large parts of Armenia's territory are Azerbaijan's...

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

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

To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

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

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

Armenia’s parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s massacres of...

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

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

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

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

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob

One of the few opposition figures still remaining in Tajikistan was assaulted...

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

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

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Astana’s Plan to Stay Warm in the Winter? Build a Ring of One Million Trees

In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Abkhazia: Memory of War Still Looms Large

Abkhazians will commemorate Victory Day on September 30, marking the day in...

Police Arrest Dozens of Gay Azerbaijanis After Reported Raids

Police have detained dozens of gay and transsexual people in Azerbaijan following...

Has Turkmenistan Learned to Love Dogs? (Hint: No)

Turkmenistan loves sports, so this unusually despotic nation’s attempt to garner some...

Tajikistan’s Government Lays Down Rules on What Not to Wear

On the afternoon of August 3, police officers and other officials descended...

Uzbekistan: Once-Prosecuted Photographer Gets Tashkent Exhibition

In 2009, prosecutors in Uzbekistan filed a criminal case against renowned photographer...

Georgian Women March against Misogyny and Racism

An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

Uzbekistan and Polygamy: New Love and Broken Hearts

Jalil Buriyev left Uzbekistan for Russia two decades ago, when he was...

Kyrgyzstan: Male MPs Ditch Parliament During Discussions on Women’s Rights

When it came time to discuss the rights of women and girls...

Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

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

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

Georgia Fears Reputation for Hospitality at Risk over Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Many Georgians perceive the recent kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi as...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Tajikistan: Journalist Fined, But Authorities Won't Say for What

A court in Dushanbe has fined a journalist with Ozodagon online news...

Kyrgyzstan: President Bolsters Protections Against Domestic Violence

Kyrgyzstan has in a landmark decision adopted legislation designed to provide greater...

China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards in Restive Region

Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “great...

Yes, We Can’t! The Apathetic Business of the Armenian Elections

When voters re-elect an incumbent, it usually means the country is on...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

Azerbaijan: Government Escalates Hacking Campaign Against Dissent

Several of Azerbaijan’s primary independent news websites have been inaccessible for several...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

A mass rally against a tax on unemployment is scheduled to take...

Caucasus Women Demand Power, Not Flowers

In the South Caucasus, International Women’s Day is still largely about men...

Kyrgyzstan: Women March for Their Rights

Dozens of people in Kyrgyzstan’s two main cities used the occasion of...

Why Georgian Women Need Rights Instead of Flowers

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th. In Georgia, many women...

Georgia: PM Stokes Debate About Discrimination and the Sex Industry

In the heart of Tbilisi, not far from luxury hotels and high-end...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-Training TV Show Divides Audiences

A reality TV show on a state broadcaster in Kyrgyzstan is raising...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov – Turkmenistan’s car-racing, horse-riding, operation-performing, book-publishing and singing-songwriting president –...

Trump: Making Russia Great Again

How did Russian media cover the U.S. inauguration?...

Uzbekistan: Female Day Laborers Open Window on Unemployment Problem

Early every day, groups of women dressed in vividly colored overcoats muster...

Armenia: Boosting Female Presence in Army

It took some time for Lusine Poghosian’s male classmates to adapt to...

Uzbekistan: Video Sparks Homophobia Debate

Social media in Uzbekistan was set abuzz this week after a video...

Uzbekistan: Hard-Pressed Population Unimpressed by Election Fanfare

When Uzbek citizens go to vote in a special presidential election on...

Georgia: Courts Appear Reluctant to Tackle Hate Crimes

Fatima Romanova wears an understated black shirt and brown pants, but a...

Can Taylor Swift Help Keep Afghanistan Moving Forward?

Proliferating blast walls and security checkpoints have transformed the Afghan capital, Kabul,...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Outlaws Underage Islamic Marriages

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan narrowly passed a draft law on October 5 to...

Tajikistan: Officials Need Permission to Leave Country

In what looks like a move to tighten the screws yet further...

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent...

Kyrgyzstan: Historical Debate Straining Ties with Russia

In the countryside surrounding Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, lots of towns and villages...

Kazakhstan: Sex Workers Call for Legalization of Prostitution

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

Azerbaijan: Growing Number of Citizens Heading Abroad for Medical Care

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

Uzbekistan: Samarkand Street Sweepers Strike Back

Armed with only the tools of their trade, a group of more...

Guns of August: Fears of Full-Scale War Return as Casualties Mount in Ukraine

Maryinka, Ukraine -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker,...

Georgia: Women Taking Action Against Domestic Violence

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

Kyrgyzstan: President Takes No Hostages in Rambling Presser

In his latest marathon press conference, Kyrgyzstan’s president spoke in favor of...

Georgia’s Olympic Team: Overdressed for the Occasion?

Georgia will field one of the most conservatively and warmly attired teams...

Kyrgyzstan: President Throws Weight Behind Anti-Veil Posters

The controversy surrounding a series of billboards in Kyrgyzstan’s capital that condemned...

Kyrgyzstan: Shock Billboard Sparks Religious Debate

Residents of Kyrgyzstan’s capital woke up on July 13 to find stark...

Armenia: Axe Attack Revives Calls for Domestic Violence Law

A fatal child-custody fight has revived calls in Armenia for an effective...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Beating Puts Spotlight on Issue of Domestic Violence

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

Armenia: Pope Francis Impacts Politics

Pope Francis visited Armenia to promote the values of peace and reconciliation,...