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Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

Kazakhstan: Street Named After President (Predictably)

In a long-awaited move, authorities in Kazakhstan have announced they will rename...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

Armenia: Activists Cry Censorship as Government Shuts Down Stalinism Exhibit

The Armenian government has shut down a museum exhibition devoted to the...

Turkmenistan: Golden Statue of Late President Disappears

The cult of personality devoted to Turkmenistan’s late and mercurial President Saparmurat...

Kazakhstan: Astana Airport Named After Nazarbayev

In an inevitable development, the government of Kazakhstan has decided to name...

Uzbekistan: Poet Speaks Out Against Karimov Cult

One of Uzbekistan’s best-known poets has made a bold statement criticizing what...

With New Constitution, Is Karabakh Following in Azerbaijan's Footsteps?

On February 20, the de facto republic of Nagorno Karabakh will hold...

Kyrgyzstan: Spooks Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Kyrgyzstan’s security services are dropping the gloves for a fight against Facebook-using...

Kazakhstan to Rename Capital After President?

Only a week after Kazakhstan celebrated the 23rd anniversary of its national...

Tajikistan Celebrated a New Holiday This Year – President’s Day

On November 16, officials at all levels of government broke into displays...

Uzbekistan: Karimov Daughter, Wife Set Up Foundation

The late president of Uzbekistan’s wife and youngest daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, have...

Uzbekistan to Get Its Own Islamabad in Late Leader’s Honor?

There is talk afoot that Uzbekistan is planning to rename a town...

Tajikistan: President to Get Face on Banknotes?

A middling functionary at the state insurance company in Tajikistan has got...

Turkmenistan Adopts Constitution Broadening President’s Powers

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made a major stride toward being enshrined...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Fixes Cause Cracks in Coalition

Kyrgyzstan’s five-party ruling coalition appears to have seen better days as quarrels...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Stature Grows After Death

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

Tajikistan Mulls Prosecuting Rude Russian Reporter

Tajikistan’s General Prosecutor is considering prosecution for a Russian journalist for “inciting...

Tajikistan: Cabinet to Swear Oath to President

Governments in Tajikistan will under new rules now have to swear an...

Tajikistan: President to Get His Own Holiday

Tajikistan may be about to get a new day off if lawmakers...

Tajikistan: Deadly Clashes Re-Ignite Border Alarm

The militant incursion from Afghanistan that Tajikistan regularly worries about appears to...

Tajikistan: Top-Performing Schools at Risk of Decline

While Tajikistan was consumed by civil war in the 1990s, Turkish businessman...

Kazakhstan Embraces Nazarbayev Naming Craze

What’s in a name? Plenty, for the 99 people who share a...

Turkmen Leader Gets Giant Park as Birthday Gift

What birthday present do you get for the man who has everything?...

Turkmenistan Strongman Erects First Gold Statue to Himself

There will be no falling off it this time.   Turkmenistan’s President...

Kazakhstan: The Ups and Downs of Comrade Stalin

Former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been experiencing some ups and downs...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Set to Roll to Victory in Opposition-Free Election

Kazakhstan is holding a snap, opposition-free presidential election on April 26 that...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Confirms Plans to Extend Long Rule

The long-serving strongman leader of Kazakhstan has confirmed his intention to stand...

Uzbekistan: Under Sheen of Normalcy, Paranoia Reigns

Editor’s Note: EurasiaNet.org received this colorful and revealing account from a traveler...

The Fight to Reclaim Pankisi

Georgia’s poverty-stricken northeast valley is struggling to dump its label as a nest of terrorists...

Here We Go Again: Turkmen Statue Proposal Suggests History May Be Repeating Itself

Turkmenistan, where praise for the president is always on public display, is...

Turkmenistan Ups Gas Exports to China Again

Turkmenistan, China’s largest foreign supplier of natural gas, has further expanded production...

Turkmenbashi Lives On, in Vodka

Ever since Turkmenistan’s eccentric despot Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” Niyazov died in late 2006,...

Turkmenistan’s Personality Cult: Poor Sales for Mr January, Mr February, Mr March ...

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s personality cult has so saturated Turkmenistan that people seem...

Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev Cult Hijacks Winter Fun

Kazakhstan’s famous alpine skating rink outside Almaty turned into a love-fest for...

Azerbaijan Calls for Fight against "Corrupting Western Influence"

The “corrupting influence of the West” is a catchphrase immortalized by the...

Kazakhstan Gears Up for Nazarbayev Love-Fest

Kazakhstan is marking the week leading up to First President’s Day on...

Kazakhstan: Blair Criticized for Cozying Up To Astana

Just over two years ago, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed...

Turkmenistan President Releases Novel Praising Father

Not content building only his own personality cult, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Media Activist Takes on Bishkek City Hall

Late at night, Aibek Baratov is driving around Kyrgyzstan’s poorly lit capital...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

In preparation for China’s President Xi visit to Turkmenistan this autumn, advance...

Turkmenistan’s New Personality Cult: Two for the Price of One

Turkmenistan’s president has dismantled some of his predecessor’s personality cult – only...

Turkmenistan: Schools to Scrap Late President’s Holy Book

After a decade of grilling students on the former president’s “book of...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Eyes Legacy as Astana Reaches Adolescence

Astana celebrated its 15th anniversary as Kazakhstan’s capital with a lavish bash...

Turkmenistan: Arkadag’s Day at the Races Redux

Last month, security forces in Turkmenistan tried to prevent video of President...

Heydar Aliyev and Armenian Flag Make Joint Appearance

Tbilisi’s Old Town has long been an area where ethnic Armenians, Azeris,...

Turkmenistan: Kim and Berdymukhamedov, Neck ‘n Neck

Profoundly embarrassed by a botched cover-up over President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s epic fail...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

In keeping with its long-standing and, at times, confusing foreign policy status...

Kazakhstan Gets Nazarbayev’s Official Life Story

Star of stage and screen, fairy-tale hero – Kazakhstan’s Leader of the...

First-Ever Live Sports Get Lifeless Reception On Turkmen State TV

For the first time ever, state television in Turkmenistan is broadcasting an...

Uzbekistan's Child Malnutrition “Success” – When to Toss Out “Spurious Statistics”

The Economist has questioned the plausibility of a study conducted by leading...

Tajikistan: Who Let the Watchdogs Out?

The most extensive personnel shake-up of President Imomali Rahmon’s almost two decades...

Turkmenistan Still Human Rights Nightmare – Watchdog

When characterizing Turkmenistan’s human rights record, international watchdogs often resort to descriptions...

Tajikistan’s President: Don’t Love Me So Much

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon is tired of the “toadyism.” Suddenly modest, he’s...

Kazakhstan's Leader of the Nation Takes a Bow

Hot on the heels of a silver screen version of Kazakh President...

Turkmen and Uzbek Presidents Make Newsweek's Despot Index

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made Newsweek's Despot Index of the top 10...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

A fact-finding mission by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) visited Turkmenistan...

Turkmen Government Removes Ruhnama as Required Subject

The Turkmen government has decided to remove the requirement to pass an...

Kazakhstan: Movie of Nazarbayev’s Childhood Offers Cinematic Surprises

As a new movie about the childhood of Kazakhstan’s president premieres in...

Kazakhstan, Not Practicing What It Preaches, Puts Minority Religions Under Pressure

A cartoon controversy has shed fresh light on longstanding discrimination against followers...

Azerbaijan: Arrest of Islamic Party Leader Puts Religion in the Political Spotlight

The recent arrest of the leader of the outlawed Islamic Party of...

Another Personality Cult Blossoms in Turkmenistan

Outside a city administration building in Ashgabat, the gold bust and the...

Where's That Second Party in Turkmenistan?

Back in February, after Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov visited France and met...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

After the European Union decided to move to a more cooperative approach...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

Energy ministers from the four countries involved in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline...

Chevron Challenged by Human Rights Activists to "Do Good" in Turkmenistan

After a promising offer for bids a month ago, nothing more has...

Deplorable State of Turkmen Culture

There's never a free moment!...

Pentagon Paid Airport Fees to Turkmenistan, But Can’t Say How Much

For more than six years, the Pentagon paid fees to the Turkmen...

Let Them Eat Grass

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has come out with a second volume of his...

U.S. Officials in Ashgabat Spin Human Rights Message as Oil Executives Line Up for Turkmen President

A delegation of U.S. State Department officials and business executives travelled to...

About Sifting the Karakum

The Karakum, or "black sand" desert covers 70 percent of the Central...

Azerbaijan: Parliament Debates Celebration of President Aliyev's Mother's Birthday

A member of parliament in Azerbaijan has proposed ditching the International Women's...

Georgia: Debating the Fate of Stalin's Statue

Amid an ongoing exercise in national self-examination, Georgians are confronting the legacy...

Turkmenistan: Building a New Cult?

The state news agency of Turkmenistan is reporting a groundswell of popular...

Kazakhstan: President Stamps Personality on the Nation

Visitors to Astana, Kazakhstan's glittery capital, love to zoom up to the...

Tajikistan: Just Say 'No' to a Cult of Personality - President

In what may be a rare display of modesty from a Central...

Turkmen Sackings Hint At Possible Relaxation Of Media Restrictions

Nearly every morning, a postman delivers fresh newspapers to Arslan's house in...

Turkmenistan: Family Shake-up over Turkmenbashi Cult of Personality

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his brother-in-law, Dashdurdy Rozyev, apparently over the...

Turkmenistan: Turkmenbashi Redux?

An opposition website is accusing Turkmenistan's leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, of aspiring to...

Turkmenistan Redenominates Currency, Further Dismantles Niyazov Personality Cult

Turkmenistan has redenominated its national currency, the manat, cutting off three zeroes...

Helsinki Commission Hears Gloomy Predictions For Turkmen Election

WASHINGTON -- Can an authoritarian country that still bears the strong imprint...

Islam Not an Issue in Azerbaijan's Presidential Campaign

Azerbaijan's active Islamic community may have grown since Soviet times, but most...

Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Tinkers with Constitution in the Name of Efficiency

Safely ensconced in power, Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is now striving to...

Turkmenistan: A True Believer in the Ruhnama Resides in Wisconsin

People outside Turkmenistan usually have two ways of regarding the Ruhnama, the...

Kazakhstan: Astana's Anniversary Celebration Serves as Showcase for New National Identity

The festivities on July 5-6 in Astana were designed to reflect Nazarbayev's...