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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...

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

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

Georgian court rules metro workers must strike “outside working hours”

After a Georgian court ruled that protesting subway workers can strike only...

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

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

Class war: Armenia's student protesters set sights on universities

Students played a key role in the protests that ousted long-time leader...

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: Police crack down on anti-government rallies

A rights group in Kazakhstan has said numerous people were detained by...

Pashinyan team hints at release of radical opposition figure

An ally of Armenia's prime minister has suggested that the new authorities...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

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

Georgia’s condemned condoms

Safe sex has become the latest battleground in Georgia's culture wars after...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

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

Kazakhstan may close local elections to independents

Fresh legislation on elections in Kazakhstan could consolidate the ruling party in...

Armenia’s parliament rejects opposition leader; protests resume

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

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

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

Tajikistan unplugs internet users on officials’ whim

Countless internet users in Tajikistan were knocked offline for much of April...

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

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

Thousands gather in Yerevan, demanding Sargsyan step down

Armenians took to the streets on the evening of April 13 to...

Tajikistan: With e-wallets scuppered, shoppers more stranded than ever

A recent desperate and quixotic measure by Tajikistan’s government to boost budget...

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...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Tajikistan's ruling family extends control over telecoms

The utter control wielded by Tajikistan’s ruling family over business in the...

End of the line for Kazakhstan’s independent journalism?

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

Breaking Tajikistan's banks: The north falters as ruling family cements position

When the chief executive of one of Tajikistan’s few banking success stories...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

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

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

An opposition Azerbaijani journalist remains in legal limbo in Ukraine after a...

In Armenia, Azerbaijani Leader's Ancestral Village Lies Abandoned

High in Armenia’s mountains, near Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave, sits Tanahat, an abandoned...

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 | Russia's Approach to the Global Order: Revisionist or Not?

Rethinking Russia’s approach to the global order could spur Moscow and Washington...

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

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

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

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

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

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

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

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...

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

The Armenian Ministry of Health has proposed significantly increasing fines for smoking...

Azerbaijan’s Rural Areas Lack Lawyers Following New Rule

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


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

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

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

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

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

A new superhero called Uyatman appeared on the scene in Kazakhstan a...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Politician Returns Home

A prominent opposition politician from Tajikistan has returned home for a brief...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

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...

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

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

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

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

Tajikistan: Major Debtors to Collapsed Bank Detained

The state anticorruption agency in Tajikistan has detained three major debtors to...

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

Armenian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a United States citizen...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

After an hours-long standoff with law-enforcement, supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

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

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

Kazakhstan: Mystery Luxury Paris Apartment Buyers Eludes Investigators

Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be...

Tajikistan: Marriage Folds Northern Elite Into Presidential Family

Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend’s...

Armenia: Students Protest, Declare Hunger Strike Over Draft Deferment Bill

Changes in Armenia’s military conscription laws have resulted in large-scale protests among...

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar

In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A....

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

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

Azerbaijan Moves to Drastically Cut Number of Lawyers

The Azerbaijani parliament has approved amendments to the country’s civil code that...

Kazakhstan: State Bailing Out Yet Another Ailing Bank

The government in Kazakhstan is mulling a generous rescue plan for a...

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

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

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining

A parliamentary subcommittee in Kyrgyzstan has given backing to legislative changes that...

Armenia's Ruling Party Criticizes EU-Backed Domestic Violence Bill

Armenia's ruling party has criticized a draft bill aimed at preventing domestic...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

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...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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

Uzbekistan: Mob War Prompts High-Level Reaction from Police

Police in the capital of Uzbekistan have confirmed the arrest of an...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

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

Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising – Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently...

Caucasus States, and Kurds, Assess Kurdistan's Independence Drive

In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to declare independence, Armenia and...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreigners May Be Allowed to Buy Real Estate

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan this week began considering changes to the law that...

Tajikistan: Anti-Graft Officials Snared in Elite Rumble are Sentenced

Tajikistan’s highest court has over the past few weeks been convicting former...

Saakashvili Goes to Kyiv

After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards,...

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Misha in Revolution Mode

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

Uzbekistan Returns to Currency Convertibility, Delivers Blow to Black Market

The big bang has arrived for Uzbekistan’s financial system, with the government...

Georgia: Verdict Arrives in Church Poisoning Plot

A guilty verdict has been delivered in Georgia’s poisoning conspiracy, an outré...

Tajikistan: What Festivities Can You Celebrate in Style?

The upper house of parliament in Tajikistan this week adopted legislation intensifying...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Tajikistan’s Government Lays Down Rules on What Not to Wear

On the afternoon of August 3, police officers and other officials descended...

Azerbaijan: Road Deaths Involving Elite Youth Turn Political

A string of fatal car crashes involving the powerful and politically connected...

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

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

Russia: Content Analysis Serves as a Tool of Biased Courts

Magomednabi Magomedov, a Salafist imam, received a five-year prison term from a...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

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