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Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

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

Tajikistan: President's Son Takes Hard Look at Corruption

The son of Tajikistan’s leader, a 29-year old sometimes touted as a...

Moldova: Can Presidential Election Alter Geopolitical Course?

Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30....

Angered at Arms Sales to Azerbaijan, Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

The End of Russia's Mass Hallucination

Fresh barbed-wire fencing around the nation's main TV tower isn't exactly a...

Moldova: Pro-Kremlin Parties Making Mischief

Pro-Kremlin elements in Moldova’s anti-government protests are embracing aggressive tactics as they...

Armenia Considers Ban on Gender-Specific Abortions

After years of experiencing a population decline, Armenia is proposing a ban...

Kyrgyzstan Flooded with Inferior Universities

“Only two universities in Kyrgyzstan are worth entering,” says Emir, an 11th-grade...

Russia: Looking at History as a Continuation of Politics

The leading Bolshevik historian Mikhail Pokrovsky famously defined history as “politics projected...

Alcoholism and Autocracy in Russian History

A newly published book highlights the critical role vodka has played in...

Ukraine: Silent Majority in Eastern Regions Favors Unity

State-controlled media in Russia would like the world to believe a large majority...

Making Nowruz the Start of a Culinary New Year

Today marks the start of Nowruz (or "new day"), the Persian New...

Insecurity Drives Putin’s Crimea Response

Scenes of Russian troops taking control of Crimea might well lead one...

More on Yerevan's Tale of the Smoked Crocodile

Yerevan-based Marianna Grigoryan finished 2013 off with what might be Eurasianet's wildest...

Turkey: Student-Cohabitation Fight about Rights, Not Religion

Whether or not students of the opposite sex should live together is...

Georgia: What’s the Definition of Tolerance?

A revival of the Orthodox faith in Georgia appears to be coinciding...

Turkey: Chronicling a Neighborhood's Dismantling

A new blog is taking a very close look at the "redevelopment"...

Members Named to Independent Commission to Investigate Kyrgyzstan Violence

The independent Kyrgyz website AKIpress has published the names of six experts...

Georgia's Elderly Remarkable, But Record-breaking?

Recent publicity about an allegedly 129-year-old woman living in a mountain village...

Georgia: "Wag the Dog"-Style TV Report Has Mixed Political Impact

The panic over Imedi TV's phony Russian invasion report may be gone,...

Armenia: Yerevan Opinion Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Turkish Reconciliation

A recent survey conducted by the Armenian Sociological Association (ASA) shows that...

Georgia: Political Opposition Confronts Credibility Gap

This story was updated on 4/27/09 to clarify CRRC survey results....

Armenia: Pro-Government Youth Group Relies on Dirty Tricks to Fight Corruption

A photo campaign launched by the pro-government youth group Miasin (Together) has...

Armenia: Falloff in Remittances is a Cause for Economic Uncertainty at Home

A sharp decline in remittances from Russia, coupled with a soured domestic...

Iran's Abdollah Nouri -- The Man Who Won't Be President

Abdollah Nouri's supporters describe him as man of principle who is willing...

Iran's Abdollah Nouri -- The Man Who Won't Be President

Abdollah Nouri's supporters describe him as man of principle who is willing...

Armenia: Opposition Candidates Consider Joining Forces

Two weeks before Armenia's presidential vote, two key opposition candidates and a...

Armenia: Planned Presidential Election Exit Poll Creates Controversy

The United States has offered to organize and finance a first-ever exit...

Turkey: In Some Areas, Clans Call the Political Shots

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdrogan recently expressed a wish to...

Central Asia: Governments, Banks Gradually Open Up To Islamic Banking

The Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Kyrgyz government have launched...

Central Asia: Governments, Banks Gradually Open Up To Islamic Banking

The Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Kyrgyz government have launched...

Voter Apathy Appears Widespread on Eve of Parliamentary Poll

With just over a day left in Armenia's parliamentary campaign, many voters...

Armenia: Opinion Polls a Fresh Field for Political Battle

Opinion polls are showing that the governing Republican Party of Armenia and...

Murders Shine Spotlight on Evangelical Activity in Turkey

The recent murder of three evangelical Christians in the Turkish city of...

What Armenian Voters Want: No Policy Proposals, Please

Do ideas count in Armenia's May 12 parliamentary vote? The answer appears...

Central Asia: Libraries In A Difficult Bind Following Soviet Collapse

But many of the libraries that the now independent states of Central...

Coalition Government Likely Outcome of May 25 Parliament Elections in Armenia

Armenia's parliamentary vote May 25 will likely reflect the divisions in society...

Study Highlights Inefficiencies and Evils of Armenian Emigration

Armenia's government has battled for years to lower emigration rates....

OSCE Negotiators Encounter Obstacles in Karagakh Peace Process

In reality the road stretched only a few hundred meters, but it...

Study Shows Over Half Armenia's Population in Need of Government Assistance

A recently published economic report in Armenia indicates that over half the...

Emigration Emerges as a Concern in Armenia

Over 700,000 people have left Armenia since the collapse of the Soviet...