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Nizami Ramazanov is a rare beast in Azerbaijan: an animal rights activist.  
The Armenian nose is a source of national pride, sometimes said to be like the country’s impressive mountains: high, proud, and honest.  
Shortly after lunchtime on March 20, a boxy, old Zhiguli sedan pulled up near the Mega Planet supermarket in Tashkent, a notorious hangout spot for illegal currency traders.  
Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but this does not mean that the conflict there has been frozen, much less settled. The ceasefire concluded in February 2015 has not held, and the frontline has seen incessant fighting....
Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its dictator. And that could be bad news for Lukashenko himself.  
Kazakhstan’s government knew what it was getting when Yerlan Sagadiyev was appointed education minister in February 2016.   The US-educated 50 year old, an economist by training, has long been a crusader for the radical modernization of schools...
An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and – making sure the interviewer does not mind – lights up. Azerbaijan has laws prohibiting smoking in offices, but Fatullayev says with a laugh, “We’re journalists – the law isn’t...
Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with a particular focus on military and energy cooperation. But it remains unclear to what degree this developing partnership is being driven by realism, and how...
Social tensions have been rising in Kazakhstan since December, but unlike recent flare-ups, this conflict is not simply about economic discontent. This time, the government is going after the best tools that workers have to peacefully and...
Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic State militant group, according to the government narrative. Or maybe not, some officials suggest.