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The president of Tajikistan appears to be seizing on the audiobook fad now proving such a boon to the publishing industry by requiring national broadcasters to read out his written works on the air. Asia-Plus newspaper this week cited the head of...
Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be no closer to discovering the identity of the buyer of a 65 million euro ($76.5 million) apartment in Paris. Real estate insiders have said the property was sold to a...
David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers and government ministers, and expounding on the merits of a silent mantra could have been a scene out of one of his surrealist films. Except, it actually just...
The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia. The approval is a big win for Tbilisi, which for years has sought the American weapons as a means of protecting itself from a potential Russian invasion. The U.S....
Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend’s marriage between a granddaughter of the president and the son of an influential northern family is worthy of note. Sources in the northern city of Khujand told...
Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled the prospect that he may run for parliament as the list-topping candidate for the ruling Social Democratic Party, or SDPK. “I don’t plan to become chairman of...
A rights group in Uzbekistan has reported that police have over the past week been raiding the homes of families known for their devout Islamic beliefs. Surat Ikramov, head of the Tashkent-based Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Defenders...
Authorities in Tajikistan have imposed a de facto ban on multiple types of combat sports and are instead proposing popularizing “gushtingiri,” a national marital art.  The highly confusing list of proscribed sports, as listed on the the State...
Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen the renewed deployment of a short-range ballistic missile system recently introduced to the region. TASS news agency cited Yaroslav Roschupkin, a spokesman for...
A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of a prominent journalist who was sentenced last October to serve six years in prison on fraud charges. Lawyers filing the parole appeal for Seitkazy Matayev, 63, said their client had...