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Authorities in Tajikistan have reportedly compiled a registry of hundreds of people in the country’s gay and lesbian community as part of a purported drive to promote moral behavior. RFE/RL’s Tajik service, Radio Ozodi, reported on October 17 that...
Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified remains of a woman who may have died around the first century AD to be interred. The campaign to bury the mummy was headed up, among others, by a notoriously volatile...
The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry — about being rude to Kazakhstan. Almazbek Atambayev effected something of an about-face this week, partly rowing back on the harsh comments about Kazakhstan that precipitated an...
Authorities in Uzbekistan have released a third jailed human rights activist in the space of a few weeks, seemingly signaling a new direction for political liberalization. Optimism should be tempered, however, in view of other more ominous...
The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance of free-media-wary Azerbaijan having a critical reporter apprehended outside its borders. Fikret Huseynli, who survived a beating and stabbing in his native Azerbaijan a...
Vote officials in Kyrgyzstan have released preliminary results showing Sooronbai Jeenbekov as the overwhelming winner of the presidential elections with 55 percent of the ballots cast. By winning more than half the votes cast, Jeenbekov has avoided...
Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling was underway on October 15, while authorities warned ominously of possible post-vote violence. Among the dozen or so candidates in the running, only two...
Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva, wife of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, has fled Georgia and received temporary asylum in Germany via the European Centre for Press and Media...
Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic space, the Eurasian Economic Union, ahead of a key deal between Armenia and the European Union.   On October 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin...
A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking a more serious turn as a major border crossing between the two nations grinds to a near-standstill. Kazakhstan’s border service explained on October 11 that it was...