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Skype, Viber return in Uzbekistan

Fans of low-cost communication in Uzbekistan celebrated on May 23 as Skype...

Uzbekistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir trial a testbed for religious boundaries

The opening hearing of Guzal Tokhtakhadjayeva’s criminal trial last month began late...

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

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

Uzbekistan mulls introducing Islamic banking

Thoughts in Uzbekistan have turned to introducing Islamic banking services — a...

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....

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

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

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

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

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...

Uzbekistan: Journalist goes free at end of trial

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

Uzbekistan’s Ilkhom Theater: 10 years without Mark Weil, a lesson in survival

One recent evening, visitors to Tashkent’s Ikhom Theater were met at the...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

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

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

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

Uzbekistan signs up to TAPI pipeline

Uzbekistan has committed to take part in constructing the natural gas pipeline...

Uzbekistan, Russia to jointly create TV channel

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

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan agree to boost border cooperation after fatal shooting

Border officials in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have agreed to intensify coordination following...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan security service agents' immunity worries experts

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

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

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

Uzbekistan resumes gas deliveries to Tajikistan

Uzbekistan has resumed delivering natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan, ending a six-year...

Uzbekistan: Security services still see opposition as threat 

The security services in Uzbekistan have laid down a bold red line...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

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

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan: As the Karimov wall crumbles, families reunite

“And who are you?” Robiya Rahmonova asked expectantly one March morning when...

Uzbekistan Begins Building Power Line to Afghanistan

Senior officials with Uzbekistan’s state-run power company have said work has begun...

Uzbekistan Opens New Railway Routes to Kyrgyzstan, Russia

A weekly train running the route from the capital of Uzbekistan to...

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

The president of Uzbekistan was due to fly out of Tajikistan around...

Uzbekistan Gives Backing to Tajikistan's Hydropower Project

In the boldest signal of bilateral amity to date, Uzbekistan’s president announced...

Uzbekistan's Morality Guardians Claim Win as Turkish Soap is Dropped from Air

“Today is the last day you will be watching your heroes. […]...

Uzbekistan: Court Rules to Investigate Journalist Torture Claims

On the first day of hearings in the sedition trial of journalist...

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Net Tightens Around Uzbekistan's Ex-General Prosecutor 

Authorities in Uzbekistan last month arrested long-serving former General Prosecutor Rashid Kadyrov...

Uzbekistan: New Allegations of Torture Emerge in Journalist’s Case

On the eve of a trial in Uzbekistan against a prominent journalist...

Uzbekistan Filmgoers Get to See Death of Stalin. For Free

In a sublime feat of Russia-trolling, a theater in Uzbekistan is marking...

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Open 10 New Border Crossings

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan opened 10 new bordering crossings on March 1, adding...

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

A curious little drama has played out in Tajikistan that neatly encapsulates...

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Railroad Set for Imminent Reactivation

Uzbekistan has reportedly completed repair works on a long-idle railroad linking it...

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

This February marks the 30th anniversary of the events that launched the...

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Uzbekistan: Abdullayev Case Taken Over by Prosecutors

A prominent rights activist in Uzbekistan has said that the criminal case...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

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

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Tajikistan to Sell Electricity to Uzbekistan in Boon For Integration

Starting in April through to September, Tajikistan will export 1.5 billion kilowatt...

Uzbekistan Unblocks Banned Websites

From around lunchtime on February 12, internet users in Uzbekistan have been...

Report: Uzbekistan Case Against Jailed Reporter to Be Dropped

A rights activist in Uzbekistan has claimed that sedition charges against reporter...

Uzbekistan: Security Services Lose Elite Units

Weeks before Uzbekistan’s president shoved the head of the security services out...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

Uzbekistan Takes Another Stab at Visa Rules Shakeup

Just in time for the tourist season, Uzbekistan is undertaking another attempt...

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Tajikistan: Roghun to Begin Producing Power on President’s Day

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go...

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas...

Uzbekistan: President Fires Powerful Security Services Chief 

The president of Uzbekistan has in his most dramatic personnel reshuffle since...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

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

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

A state-owned newspaper in Uzbekistan for the ethnic Tajik community has published...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Uzbekistan: President, Public Reach Out Helping Hand to Fire Victims' Families

On the first day alone of a public charity drive to assist...

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

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

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

52 Uzbek Citizens Killed in Bus Blaze in Kazakhstan

Emergency officials in Kazakhstan have reported that at least 52 people were...

Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies

The president of Uzbekistan has embarked on another sally against the powerful...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Reach Visa Deal, Settle Border Dispute

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reached a deal to scrap visa requirements for...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Uzbekistan: Business Empire of Karimov’s Other Daughter Under Attack

In a speech full of surprises over the weekend, the president of...

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing...

Uzbekistan Pins Tourism Dreams on Celebrity Ambassadors

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tyubeteika. Cristiano Ronaldo in a khalat. Those are...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov’s Facebook page suggests nothing of a man...

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

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

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

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

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: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug...

Uzbekistan: Hajj Pilgrims Face More Stringent Requirements

The Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Uzbekistan has published an edict listing...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Uzbekistan: Imam Proposes Death Penalty for Radical Muslims

A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has caused a stink by taking to...

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

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

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Uzbekistan: Devout Muslims Targeted in Sweeps

A rights group in Uzbekistan has reported that police have over the...

Currency Reform in Uzbekistan: Pain Precedes Gain

On the morning of November 15, motorists in Uzbekistan arrived at filling...

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

After years of opposing hydropower projects in neighboring countries, Uzbekistan has sprung...