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Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

Turkey opens criminal probe of Armenian lawmaker for ‘insulting’ speech

A Turkish prosecutor has opened an investigation into a lawmaker of Armenian...

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

As the Washington rain beat down during the conclusion of Uzbek President...

Perspectives | Tashkent Syndrome: Is Uzbekistan getting a free pass?

What is the right bar against which to measure the seriousness of...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

Akhal-Teke is a weekly Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Uzbekistan: Journalist goes free at end of trial

A prominent journalist in Uzbekistan has been found guilty of public calls...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

Temir Bolotbek feels strongly about architecture. So much so, that a squabble...

Kyrgyzstan: Ombudsman asks to pardon jailed opposition leader

A government ombudsman in Kyrgyzstan has appealed to the president to consider...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

Azerbaijan comes out in favor of Yerevan protests

The Azerbaijani government and media have come out in support of the...

Kyrgyzstan's president waives libel fee as he shows a softer side

The president of Kyrgyzstan has earned some brownie points with the activist...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

There was a time when Turkey felt like a safe haven for...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutor next for chop as ex-leader’s allies are removed

The high-ranking holdover allies of Kyrgyzstan’s former president are tumbling like bowling...

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

End of the line for Kazakhstan’s independent journalism?

Sometimes, Zeinulla Kakimzhanov enjoys appearing in Forbes magazine....

Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev returns, opening up front against president

It was like he had never left. Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Almazbek Atambayev,...

Kyrgyzstan: Former presidential candidate accused of coup-plotting

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have opened a second criminal investigation against former...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Perspectives | The End of the Power Vertical? Corruption and Stagnation in Putin's Fourth Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised to tackle corruption. But in...

Perspectives | Contrasting the Media in America and Russia

Both Russian and American media have come under scrutiny in the United...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Kyrgyzstan: High-Level Resignation Points to Trouble at the Top

The defection of a high-ranking figure from within Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration has...

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

Powerbrokers in Armenia are set to elect a new president, completing the...

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Azerbaijan’s Rural Areas Lack Lawyers Following New Rule

After dismissing about 90 percent of the country's lawyers late last year,...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

Azerbaijan has unexpectedly announced that it is moving up presidential elections, previously...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan who has been linked by US...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

Like his counterpart in Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking...

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

An anomalous facet of Russia’s authoritarian political system is that presidential elections...

Azerbaijan’s Pre-Soviet Independence Embroiled in Post-Soviet Polemics

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

Officers with Kyrgyzstan’s anticorruption agency moved to shut down an opposition-owned television...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

Shahin Javadov comes from a long line of rabble rousers....

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum...

Azerbaijan: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on September 10 found himself stuck in a...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road

When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Kyrgyzstan Bars Entry to Respected Russian Rights Activist

In a sign of the growing political chill descending over Kyrgyzstan, authorities...

Turkmenistan: President Calls Time on Welfare Benefits

The president of Turkmenistan has in a long-awaited move ordered an end...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Journalist Vanishes from Georgia, Resurfaces in Azerbaijani Jail

The murky disappearance of an Azerbaijani journalist from Tbilisi and his sudden...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia....

EITI Suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Tests Its Global Leverage

With the suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Azerbaijan’s withdrawal, the...

Uzbekistan: Top UN Human Rights Official on Landmark Visit

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, arrived...

Turkmenistan Braces for More Cost of Living Increases

Life is getting dearer in Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov last week instructed...

Central Asia: What Will US Foreign Policy Toward the Region Look Like?

A few days after the arrest of a leading opposition politician in...

Uzbekistan: Clamor Grows for Release of Activist

For almost two weeks, one of Uzbekistan’s best-known human rights activists has...

Kazakhstan: Pre-Soviet History Packed with Political Mines

Sitting in a modest, domed brick mausoleum, a bust of the partisan...

Georgia: With TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech at Stake?

Journalists at Georgia’s last major opposition broadcasting company are digging in and...

Russia: The Specter of Revolution – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series...

Kyrgyzstan: Interrogation Brings Opposition Onto Streets

The sight of large, angry crowds outside government buildings has become relatively...

Kyrgyzstan: Investigation Reveals Funny Business at Customs Service

An in-depth investigative report by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service into the suspicious wealth of a...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Turkmenistan: President Bags Huge But Implausible Election Win

As had been widely anticipated, Turkmenistan’s president has not only won the...

Brexit & Trump Equals Bad News for Balkans

Donald Trump’s rise to power, combined with the UK’s decision to leave...

Kazakhstan: Unregistered Phones to Be Blocked in Anti-Terrorism Ruse

Under a newly approved law, authorities in Kazakhstan will from this summer...

Uzbekistan: Possible Changes at Security Agencies Offer Litmus Test for Reform

Ulugbek Haidarov says the date of September 14, 2006, will forever be...

Russia: Putin the Historian

According to a number of biographical accounts, history was Russian President Vladimir...

Uzbekistan: Familiar Landslide Election Win Portends More of the Same

The victory of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Uzbekistan’s special presidential election December 4...

Eurasia: Tracking the Rise of the Repressintern

Russia has forged an informal network of authoritarian-minded states in Eurasia dedicated...

Eurasia and the Appeal of Illiberalism

Brexit, a Trump presidency and populist and pro-Russian leaders coming to power...

Kazakhstan President Chews the Cud on US-Style Talk Show

“We have a great show tonight!” (Applause and cheers). “And our first...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Hit With Telecoms Scandal

Numerous objectors to plans to tinker with Kyrgyzstan’s constitution have found themselves...

The Armenian Diaspora and Armenia: A New Relationship?

Leading members of the Armenian Diaspora are looking to take on a...

Central Asia Heartened By Trump's Russia-Friendly Views

Central Asia has looked at Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Notices It Doesn't Even Have Constitution

How important can a constitution be when you cannot even find the...

Twitter Tricks: Will The Real Gulnara Karimova Please Stand Up?

Speculation about the fate of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late...

Kyrgyzstan: Security Services Detain Tajik Activist’s Wife

Kyrgyzstan’s security services detained the wife of a Tajik opposition figure over...

Russia: Tsar Putin? Zhirinovsky Raises Eyebrows With Remarks At Kremlin Ceremony

Was Vladimir Zhirinovsky calling for the restoration of the Russian monarchy, commenting...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitutional Referendum Fix Sailing Through Parliament

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has passed a second reading of draft bill on holding...

Russia & Turkey: Trying to Revive Economic Cooperation

The renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said that “politics is the...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Stature Grows After Death

Uzbekistan’s long-serving leader may be dead, but the government is intent on...

Kyrgyzstan: Nomad Games Looking to Gain Legitimacy

Imagine if the Olympic Games were held in Genghis Khan’s day –...

Ukraine and Georgia: Two Rabbits, One Misha

There is an old Ukrainian saying – if you chase two rabbits,...

Azerbaijan: Economy Riding in the Breakdown Lane

Just a few months ago, authorities in Azerbaijan spent tens of millions...

Uzbekistan: Senate Speaker Assumes Caretaker Role, as Succession Struggle Unfolds

Uzbekistan appears to be adhering to the constitutional process for political succession...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Successor Faces an Economic Mess

What was supposed to be a gala celebration of Uzbekistan’s 25th anniversary...

Uzbekistan’s 2011 Constitutional Reforms and Succession

Tinkering with constitutions in authoritarian nations rarely draws much attention,  and understandably...

Uzbekistan: President Dead, Not Dead

As could be expected, the status of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov is...

Uzbekistan: President's Daughter Says Leader Had Brain Hemorrhage

New light has been shed on the state of health of Uzbekistan’s...

Tajikistan: Opposition Politician Dies in Jail as Another's Life is in Balance

A high-ranking member of a banned opposition party in Tajikistan jailed for...