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Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

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

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

Armenia's Next President Faces Eligibility Challenge

Investigations by Armenian opposition media have suggested that the ruling party's candidate...

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

Azerbaijan's president has claimed that large parts of Armenia's territory are Azerbaijan's...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Coup Plotters on Hunger Strike

Opposition politicians in Kyrgyzstan serving prison sentences on charges of coup-plotting have...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

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

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

Armenia’s parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s massacres of...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

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

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

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

Uzbek Leader Dreams of Border-Free Region as Kyrgyzstan’s President Visits

It was all smiles and laughter during this week’s visit to Uzbekistan...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal

In 2011, Donald Trump and Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, signed an...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met during a regional security summit...

European Court Rules in Favor of Georgia’s Former Prime Minister

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has...

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers

A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting...

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On November 28, a court in Yerevan sentenced Karabakh war hero Samvel...

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations...

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

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

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

Analyzing the law through the prism of a revolution is inherently paradoxical....

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Case Opened Against Losing Presidential Candidate

Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have opened a criminal case against the runner-up in...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

At the end of Leon Avenue, in the capital of Abkhazia –...

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans Suit Over Election Investigation

A state agency in Kyrgyzstan says it plans to sue a news...

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

The just-concluded Uzbek-Turkish summit meeting in Ankara was like a meeting of...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Losers’ Grip on Parliamentary Power Base Falters

Now that Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov has his presidential election...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data

An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

Georgia’s Elections: Painting the Town Blue with Kakha Kaladze

Ex-soccer star Kakha Kaladze has scored his biggest win on Georgia's political...

Kyrgyzstan Rejecting Kazakhstan’s $100 Million Aid Package

In the latest fit of pique in a seemingly unending diplomatic row,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Conspiracy Theorists in the Kremlin

Publication of the Panama Papers in April 2016 acted as the trigger...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Kyrgyzstan Eats Some Crow, But Kazakhstan Still Annoyed

The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry —...

Women in South Caucasus Continue to be Underrepresented in Government: Report

The countries of the South Caucasus have far fewer women in positions...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party's Presidential Candidate Bags Shock First-Round Victory

Vote officials in Kyrgyzstan have released preliminary results showing Sooronbai Jeenbekov as...

Kyrgyzstan: Nail-Biter Vote Generates Bitterness to the Very End

Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan War of Words Gets Serious

A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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

Turkmenistan Downgrades Parliament in Favor of People’s Council

The president of Turkmenistan has approved changes to the constitution downgrading the...

Kyrgyzstan: Days Before Election, Opposition Politician Convicted

A court in Kyrgyzstan has handed a prominent opposition figure a deferred...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Uzbekistan: Journalist Accused of Seeking Government Overthrow

A journalist detained in Uzbekistan last week has reportedly been charged with...

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

A clash over a contested church in a majority-Armenian part of Georgia...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

Kyrgyzstan: MP Detained on Suspicion of Plotting Election-Related Unrest

With just two weeks left to go until Kyrgyzstan’s presidential elections, the...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Kazakhstan: Banks Ward Off DDoS Attack With Government Help

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have managed to thwart a cyberattack on...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Kazakhstan of Political Meddling

Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling...

No More Georgian in South Ossetia’s Schools?

The school year has just begun in South Ossetia, but it could...

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread...

Tajikistan: Authorities Skip Warsaw Meeting, Tighten Screws on Opposition Activists

The mood was subdued during a panel devoted to Tajikistan at this...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Front Collapses In Sight of Election

At the start of August, the leaders of three political parties in...

Misha in Revolution Mode

He’s rammed his way across an international border, rallied cheering supporters and...

Kyrgystan and Centerra Clinch Pre-Election Deal

Kyrgyzstan and its largest foreign commercial investor, Centerra Gold, claim to have...

There is a Specter Haunting Azerbaijan, the Specter of George Soros

In response to a recent string of corruption allegations and international criticism,...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

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

Uzbekistan: Turkish Business Returning, Cautiously

Turkish businessmen in Uzbekistan have repeatedly been stung over the years, but...

Karabakh: Leader Starts Third Term As Region Consolidates Presidential Power

It’s the same leader, but a changing political system....

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future

The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Orders Closure of Opposition TV Channel

A court in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on August 22 ordered the closure of...

Kyrgyzstan's Odd Hydropower Deal Continues Making Waves in Czech Republic

The strange story of the mysterious Czech company that was awarded the...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders

Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms...

Patriot Games: Turkish Sprinter's Gold Occasions Pride, Controversy, in Azerbaijan

After winning the 200 meters spring at this month's World Athletics Championships,...

Georgia: Prank Call Leaves Minister in Hot Water, Confirms No One Wants Saakashvili

If you’re a politician, it’s always unpleasant to be publicly pranked. It’s...

Kyrgyzstan: As Hot Political Season Looms, Opposition Leader is Jailed for 8 Years

Only weeks before Kyrgyzstan is set to hold potentially decisive presidential elections,...

Constitutional Reform Raises the Question: What Does Georgian Dream Stand For?

Georgia’s governing party, Georgian Dream, is using the commanding victory it won...

Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency

Uzbek monetary authorities recently announced an intention to make the country’s national...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

Armenia is the most ethnically homogeneous of all the post-Soviet states. But...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

The Trump administration's foreign policy has been, to put it mildly, unpredictable....

Russia: Does Website Closure Indicate the Kremlin Is Feeling Economic Pinch?

It seems that Russia’s economic troubles may be starting to hinder the...

Georgia and Ukraine’s Saakashvili up in the Air

Disowned first by Georgia and then Ukraine, the most famous revolutionary of...