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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...
Uzbekistan’s president went to China last week with great hope of landing major deals, and it would seem he was not disappointed.   As Uzbek media have reported, Shavkat Mirziyoyev came away from his May 11-15 trip with dozens of agreements...
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...
The tiny Pacific microstate of Nauru may lose US financial support after President Donald Trump banned the provision of federal funds to countries supportive of Georgia’s “Russian-occupied territories.”   A spending law, signed by Trump on May...
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...
A court in Dushanbe has fined a journalist with Ozodagon online news agency for allegedly failing to report and abet a criminal act. Sources familiar with the case told EurasiaNet.org that Mijgona Halimova was ordered to pay 25,000 somoni ($2,900),...
The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut guide to his emerging foreign policy priorities, so his visit to China now is offering yet more clues about where he sees the country heading. Shavkat Mirziyoyev will be...
It’s a case with all the features of a period thriller: priests, poison and a supposed curse. And now, the trial of a senior Georgian Orthodox Church cleric for alleged attempted murder has taken on another characteristic of a whodunit -- a heavy...