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It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign and Azerbaijani narratives about itself. Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian blogger Alexander Lapshin got a three-year prison sentence for traveling to Nagorno Karabakh -- the first...
An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for an ongoing cultural war in Georgia over minorities’ rights, with two demonstrations – one by ultranationalists, the second against them --  pounding the...
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...
Donald Trump, Junior’s much-scrutinized “Russian” meeting has a broadening Caucasus dimension to it. Enter Irakli Kaveladze, a Georgian-born businessman who, US media outlets have reported, attended the Trump campaign’s sit-down with a high-profile...
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...
Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European consortium to buy air defense systems, without explaining how it plans to carry out both acquisitions -- seemingly mutually exclusive -- at the same time. On July 13, Bloomberg...
Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in Uzbekistan are all but invisible and anonymous to most of the public. Speaking at a government meeting last week, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested a way to end...
Carrying crosses, icons and flags, hundreds of Georgians marched through an increasingly Middle Eastern retail district in downtown Tbilisi on July 14 to call for an end to Muslim immigration. Police, journalists and bystanders urged bewildered...
Russia intervened to stop Azerbaijan's advances in last year's conflict with Armenia, Azerbaijan's defense minister has said. While some Russian behind-the-scenes role in stopping the fighting had been known, Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov provided...