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Uzbekistan has said that it is considering restoring journalistic accreditation for the BBC, signaling a possible opening to greater international exposure. Almost all international media were drummed out of the country following the bloodshed that...
It’s dated Gazprom and flirted with Iran, but, ultimately, when it comes to gas, Georgia has only one true love – its ambitious southern neighbor, Azerbaijan.     In the latest episode in one of the region’s longest-running...
When the president of Tajikistan earlier this year appointed his son to become mayor of the capital, Dushanbe, he urged him to be a listening and compassionate leader. Going by Rustam Emomali’s first actions in office, the advice does not appear to...
The police force in Uzbekistan is set for a reorganization that looks in part designed to balance power away from the security services. Authorities claim the reform will enhance rights protections, but activists are skeptical. On April 10,...
Iran's navy has made its first formal visit to Kazakhstan as Tehran continues to slowly build military ties with its Caspian neighbors. Two Iranian warships, the destroyer Damavand and corvette Paykan, berthed at Kazakhstan's Caspian port of...
A representative for the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has said that four madrasas have been shut down over the past week for failing to obtain proper authorization. Kushtarbek Mamatov told EurasiaNet.org that the schools were...
The president of Kazakhstan published an article in a state newspaper on April 12 announcing a switchover to the Latin alphabet by 2025 — a stark change of tack from the vaguer and longer-term objectives set previously. Nursultan Nazarbayev wrote in...
Russia’s energy behemoth Gazprom has revealed the amount it is paying in a mid-term deal for the delivery of natural gas from Uzbekistan, and it is not very much. RIA-Novosti reported on April 12 that Gazprom Export, an affiliate of the Moscow-based...
News that Kazakhstan’s parliamentarians have been given bumper pay rises of up to 50 percent of their salary is causing a stink. The information leaked out to the media through deputies themselves. Bahytbek Smagul and Yekaterina Nikitinskaya told...
A man in northern Tajikistan has reportedly been arrested and potentially faces several years in jail for being slightly disrespectful to a poster of President Emomali Rahmon. Akhbor news website reported last week that Hasan Abdurazokov, an...