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A civic rights activist in Kazakhstan who once led the charge for political change has been sentenced to two years of limited freedom, marking the culmination of her downfall.  A court in Almaty’s Almaly district this week ruled to find 39-year...
Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August 2, sentencing multiple opposition figures to lengthy terms in prison. A judge in Pervomaisky district court in Bishkek sentenced former member of parliament Sadyr...
When a group of students from Kazakhstan traveled to Egypt to improve on their Arabic language skills, the last thing they could have expected was to land up in a Cairo jail. The almost two-week ordeal of a group of six students finally came to a...
Turkmenistan’s president has added to his increasingly idiosyncratic repertoire of public personae with a turn as a deadly gun-toting, knife-wielding commando.  Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov performed his routine of one-handed pistol shooting and...
When exam time comes around in Uzbekistan it is open season on the cheats. And anti-cheat measures have reached a new pitch of intensity this year. Footage doing the rounds online this week shows young people sitting an entrance test for a financial...
The wife of a businessman arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of heading a criminal racketeering gang is crying foul with allegations that security service agents are torturing her spouse. But Murathan Tokmadi, who runs a major glass-making factory...
Ever since prosecutors in Uzbekistan confirmed last week that the late president’s eldest daughter, Gulnara Karimova, has been convicted on corruption charges and is facing more investigations, social media users in the country have been in an...
The era of economic doom and gloom may be coming to a close in Kazakhstan — at least that’s the assessment of international ratings groups like Moody’s. Moody’s earlier this week raised Kazakhstan’s sovereign rating to Baa3 and improved its...
Turkmenistan’s economy may be steadily slipping down the tubes, but President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has once again regaled his increasingly desperate population with a self-regarding exercise in singing and keep-fit antics. State television on...
Uzbekistan did more than confirm what all watchers of the region already suspected in announcing news of prosecutions against the late president’s eldest daughter — it also made a fresh bid toward achieving a sliver of international respectability....