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Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan shuttle trade booms, but for how long?

In late June, the Dostuk crossing on the border between Kyrgyzstan and...

Unannounced Russian military exercises in Armenia panic residents

A Russian military official has apologized after Russian soldiers carried out unannounced...

Russia: New migrant registration rules threaten tenuous livelihoods

Russia has adopted new registration rules impacting millions of foreigners working in...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

Outside Abkhazia’s derelict former parliament, burnt beyond repair during the territory’s secessionist...

Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

One of the most popular means to get around Tajikistan’s capital is...

Pashinyan in Brussels: “We expect more assistance”

Armenia's newly elected prime minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Brussels and had a...

Armenia's old regime fights legal onslaught

The government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is undertaking a wide-ranging...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

Uzbekistan has said it has reached an agreement with Russia to jointly...

Kazakhstan’s banks to gain access to Uzbekistan

The central banks of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have come together to agree...

Tajikistan sentences journalist to 12 years in jail

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a local journalist and comedian...

New York theater fills Russian community’s hunger for drama

The black-box studio on 8th Avenue in Manhattan was small, but the...

Kazakhstan, Russia celebrate 20 years of friendship despite the cracks

At the official level at least, Kazakhstan and Russia have been exchanging...

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

Unlike regular people in Turkmenistan, the ruling family is getting to do...

Ra-Si-Ya: How Kyrgyzstan supported Russia in the World Cup

On July 7, Russia faced Croatia in the soccer World Cup quarterfinals. ...

Perspectives | Testing the realities of Uzbekistan’s reforms

It’s time for a reality check on Uzbekistan’s reforms....

Kazakhstan’s Astana turns 20: A tale of two capitals

The capital of Kazakhstan has just enjoyed a 20th-birthday blowout costing more...

Did a Russian spy supply boots and bags to the Georgian army?

A man who once supplied intelligence to Russia also has been supplying...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Georgia to extradite Turk involved in killing of Russian pilot

Georgia has arrested a Turkish man allegedly involved in the killing of...

Following Armenian uprising, Azerbaijan’s saber rattling grows louder

Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia

Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian...

Georgia, South Ossetia exchange Magnitsky-like lists

Georgia and its breakaway territories have launched a tit-for-tat blacklist battle in...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

Two Syrian airlines have been denied access to Georgian airspace in retaliation...

Report highlights plight of Kyrgyz forced laborers in Kazakhstan

A detailed report by an international human rights organization has documented how...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

A Russian startup releases an electronic angel for women

It’s hard to predict where Kathy Roma, or Katya Romanovskaya for those...

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

Russia has transferred at least five warships out of the Caspian Sea...

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president paying the price for years of abrasive rule

Over the six years in which he ran Kyrgyzstan, former President Almazbek...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

“They say we are all terrorists,” says Fatima, a guesthouse owner near...

World Cup opens in Russia as Ramadan comes to a close

Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed in and around Moscow's main mosque...

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

Browsers at Crossover, a comic-book store in Almaty, sometimes need some nudging....

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Perspectives | Russia’s grassroots environmentalists form civil society’s vanguard

When Vladimir Putin was asked about air pollution during last week’s marathon...

Azerbaijan acquires new missiles in escalating arms race with Armenia

Azerbaijan has displayed new missiles it has bought from Belarus and Israel,...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

Russia’s top diplomat has reportedly chided Kazakhstan over Astana’s decision to provide...

Russian-speaking LGBT activists paint a rainbow in New York

On a hot, humid May afternoon in New York’s Russian-speaking neighborhood, some...

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

The concept of Russkii Mir (the Russian World) has been one of...

A series of defections leaves Armenia's parliament in Pashinyan’s hands

The Republican Party of Armenia lost its parliamentary majority when MP Samvel...

Whither Armenia’s jailed opposition?

After forcing Armenia’s authoritarian ruler Serzh Sargsyan out of office in April,...

Georgian vigilantes take on South Ossetia’s creeping border crisis

Russian soldiers hold a position just 250 meters from Georgia's main east-west...

Kazakhstan: Russian military to leave Baikonur base?

A senior official in Kazakhstan has confirmed that the government is considering...

Uzbekistan assailed by cataclysmic sand and salt storm

Remote western regions of the Uzbekistan have for several days been assailed...

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

It is not often that you hear about cotton from Turkmenistan, although...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and...

Perspectives | Russian expert says arms control deserves greater attention

Nuclear proliferation is again making headlines, given Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from...

Kyrgyzstan OKs extradition of Ablyazov supporter to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have agreed to grant a request from neighboring Kazakhstan...

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

A pair of tourists enjoy an al fresco meal at a café...

Kazakhstan: Senators down on getting high

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament have...

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

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

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

After a long hibernation, organized political opposition is making a comeback in...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

Turkmenistan: After us, the flood will come

Advancing his apparent quest to be photographed at the helm of every...

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

Russian officials believe they have come up with an innovative way to...

As ties with Turkey suffer, Israel moves to recognize Armenian genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian...

Armenia hopes to benefit from new Iran-Eurasian Union free trade deal

Armenia has welcomed a historic new free-trade agreement between the Russian-led Eurasian...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

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

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Pashinyan and Putin hold first meeting, pledge to build closer ties

Newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir...

Stink bugs invade Georgia; Russia blames the U.S.

Something caught the eye of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in the middle...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

Two Russians are having a conversation following the peaceful revolution in Armenia, goes...

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

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

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

It was like something out of a fairytale. Nazrulo Amirov turned pigs...

Armenia elects protest leader as prime minister

Armenia's parliament has elected backbencher and protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as the...

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Uzbekistan resists Russia-style Victory Day memorial march

The mayor’s office in the capital of Uzbekistan has risked drawing the...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

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

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

Central Asian states are collectively known as a wellspring of migrants, most...

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...

Armenia’s parliament rejects opposition leader; protests resume

Armenia's parliament has voted down protest leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

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

Uzbekistan: Turkish president’s visit generates billions in deals

The renewed friendship between Turkey and Uzbekistan has generated a few more...

Perspectives | Eric Lee’s The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution

The Georgian Democratic Republic was short lived – lasting only from 1918...

Mystery over 2014 illnesses in western Kazakhstan village rumbles on

Four years on, the mystery over a village in Kazakhstan where dozens...

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

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

Russia deploys teachers to Tajikistan on goodwill mission

Emil Burkhanov’s pupils call him ustod, the Tajik word for teacher, a...

Armenia's "Velvet Revolution" keeps peace with Russia - for now

The leaders of the protest movement that toppled Armenia's longtime leader Serzh...

In wake of Armenia's peaceful uprising, diaspora's clout is questioned

The huge anti-government protests in Yerevan that toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan...

Armenia's leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Armenia's longtime leader stepped down April 23, toppled by an overwhelming wave...

Azerbaijan comes out in favor of Yerevan protests

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

As Stalin-era factory turns to crypto mining, Georgian workers protest

The Agara Sugar Company, in the eponymous town about 90 kilometers from...

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a 71-year old woman to...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Azerbaijan reaches deal with Belarus over missile purchases - report

Azerbaijan has reached a deal to buy missiles from Belarus, a Russian...

Uzbekistan, Russia to jointly create TV channel

Uzbekistan and Russia have pledged to jointly create a television channel, potentially...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

Sargsyan officially nominated for office amid continuing protests

Leaders of Armenia's ruling party decamped to a ski resort as protesters...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

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

Perspectives | Uzbekistan security service agents' immunity worries experts

Uzbekistan has just adopted a new law regulating the functions of its...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

Georgia aims at "better future" with breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Georgian government has unveiled an ambitious new project to reintegrate its...

Kyrgyzstan: In Kazarman, nothing gold can stay

The language of gold-making spills easily from people’s mouths in Kazarman. Every...