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Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva, wife of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, has fled Georgia and received temporary asylum in Germany via the European Centre for Press and Media...
Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic space, the Eurasian Economic Union, ahead of a key deal between Armenia and the European Union.   On October 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin...
A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking a more serious turn as a major border crossing between the two nations grinds to a near-standstill. Kazakhstan’s border service explained on October 11 that it was...
Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties between the wary neighbors and Baku's growing desire to show that it has non-Western geopolitical options. Two Azerbaijani patrol ships visited the Iranian port of...
The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out a series of exercises around Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The nature of the exercises have raised speculation that Moscow is angling to get some of...
The president of Turkmenistan has approved changes to the constitution downgrading the role of parliament in favor of a revived People’s Council, canceling a minor token gesture toward democratization adopted a decade ago. At the same time,...
A court in Kyrgyzstan has handed a prominent opposition figure a deferred five-year jail sentence on corruption charges, raising the political temperature, only days before an increasingly tense presidential election. Kubanychbek Kasymbekov, a judge...
Authorities in Tajikistan have announced that the elder brother of the president has died of heart failure, aged 67. According to official sources, Nuriddin Rahmon had lately been engaged in simple farming work and occupied no government posts, but...
Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series of cost-cutting measures undertaken to lift the economy out of the doldrums.  While declining to publicly acknowledge that it has a problem, Turkmenistan evidently continues...
Uzbekistan has lifted visa requirements for Tajik citizens visiting the country for the day — a gesture of goodwill that will ease travel out of Tajikistan by offering a fresh transit option. Tajikistan exists in something of a travel blackspot...