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The language issue is a touchy one in Kazakhstan, as an ethnic Kazakh comic in Russia has learned to his cost. It all began with a brief promo spot for a comedy show that aired in June on private Russian station TNT. In the advertisement, one comic...
Reports are now slowly filtering out in Tajikistan about the imminent trial of a group of anti-corruption agency officials arrested earlier this year. Speaking at a press conference on July 17, the head of the Supreme Court, Shermukhammad Shohiyon...
Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a deal with an international company willing to take up one of its ambitious hydropower projects for the agreement to begin looking highly suspect. The first alarms were rung...
In the most recent clarification of his retirement plans, Kyrgyzstan’s outgoing president Almazbek Atambayev told journalists he would “remain in politics” to lead a reorganization of his ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, or SDPK....
Implausible as it might seem, a day will come when Kazakhstan will have a president other than the one now in power. But before Nursultan Nazarbayev departs his throne — however that happens — he has taken provisions to ensure he determines at least...
In a sign of the growing political chill descending over Kyrgyzstan, authorities there have barred celebrated Russian rights activist Vitaliy Ponomarev from entering the country. The door was shut in Ponomarev’s face in what is now becoming a...
Kazakhstan is, as expected, bracing to drift away from its role in the OPEC oil production cap in the coming two months.  Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at an industry conference in Istanbul over the weekend that Kazakhstan’s withdrawal...
Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable energy to take over a hydropower project that the government sees as key to ambitious plans to export electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Almazbek Atambayev’s...
Last week, an Iranian trade and culture center in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd province closed its doors. By all appearances, the shuttering came at the request of the Tajik authorities. In another oddly timed development, the works of the Ayatollah...
If the intention of Kyrgyzstan’s authorities was to destroy a prominent independent media outlet by suing it for libel, then top officials in Bishkek should crack open the champagne.  A co-founder of Zanoza.kg, the journalist Naryn Aiyp,...