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The government in Kazakhstan looks set to intensify its war on what it dubs “non-traditional Islam” by drafting laws banning clothing and other attributes adopted by ultra-orthodox Muslims. Almaty TV reported this week that a law that could be...
A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the carriers to perform layovers at foreign terminals during long international flights. The problem appears to stem from a disagreement over money owed by the airlines to OAO...
Even after weeks of a seemingly monumental wave of corruption-related arrests in Tajikistan, state media has maintained a studied silence on the issue. With the prevailing orthodoxy among the nation’s leadership being that internal squabbles are not...
The southern Tajikistan region of Khatlon has seen two vicious attacks on law enforcement officials in the space of a few days. RFE/RL’s Tajik service, Radio Ozodi, reported that overnight on May 13 an officer with the State Committee for National...
A labour union leader in Kazakhstan who helped mobilize oil workers into defending their right to independent union representation has been sentenced to two years in jail on charges including embezzlement. Speaking briefly after the verdict in an...
Kyrgyzstan’s ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan has picked incumbent prime minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov as its nominee for the presidency, Kyrgyz media has reported, ending speculation that incumbent leader Almazbek Atambayev intends...
Kazakhstan’s beleaguered state pensions fund has found itself the target of a fresh bout of public indignation after losing hundreds of millions in a doomed Azerbaijani investment.   Privately run broadcaster KTK reported this week that...
The head of a media rights group in Kazakhstan has been stabbed as he was on his way for discussions with a diplomat and international media experts about shrinking press freedoms in the country. The head of civil society group Ar.Rukh.Khak,...
In a partial change of heart, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has advised his top prosecutor to withdraw a libel lawsuit against RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service, Radio Azattyk. Atambayev issued his instructions on May 12, six weeks after he met in...
In an unusual display of candor, officials at the U.S. Embassy of Tajikistan have complained that their initiatives to support the country’s development have recently been hogtied by bureaucracy. Speaking on May 12 at ceremony to hand over $6...