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Atambayev Headed for Retrial in Batukayev Case After Supreme Court Cancels Conviction
December 01, 2020

Atambayev Headed for Retrial in Batukayev Case After Supreme Court Cancels Conviction

By Catherine Putz
Atambayev’s June conviction has been overturned, but he’ll be headed back to court for the Batukayev release case, and others.

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure
December 01, 2020

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure

By Catherine Putz
In their post addressing the communication agency's letter, Kun.uz said it “gave off an air of the ‘old’ Uzbekistan.”
Goalposts for Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Referendum Shifting 
December 01, 2020

Goalposts for Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Referendum Shifting 

By Colleen Wood
Two months out from unrest sparked by parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan’s political future remains uncertain.

Afghan Officials Say 34 Killed in Separate Suicide Bombings
November 30, 2020

Afghan Officials Say 34 Killed in Separate Suicide Bombings

By Associated Press
The attacks were just the latest to have taken place since the beginning of peace talks in September

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary
November 26, 2020

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary

By Catherine Putz
Bilash headed a group advocating for greater attention to the ethnic Kazakhs detained in China’s camps in Xinjiang. It got him in trouble with the Kazakh government.

Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan
November 25, 2020

Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
A bank close to Nazarbayev buys a competitor, while smaller lenders continue to fall. 

US-Uzbekistan Relations Right on Track
November 25, 2020

US-Uzbekistan Relations Right on Track

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. and Uzbekistan aim to transition toward a “Strategic Partnership Dialogue” in 2021.
Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic
November 24, 2020

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic

By Catherine Putz
A court order has sent Aigul Otepova to a psychiatric clinic. Her supporters say its because of her outspoken criticism of the government.

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?
November 20, 2020

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz are set to vote on a controversial new constitution and for a new president on the same day, January 10.

One Thousand and One Responses to Borat
November 17, 2020

One Thousand and One Responses to Borat

By Paolo Sorbello
Offensive, racist, only-for-Americans, funny, and even a diplomatic case. The second Borat movie stirred a wide range of controversies in Kazakhstan and worldwide.  

Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare
November 17, 2020

Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare

By Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa
The first cases of local transmission in Mongolia have sparked a decisive response from the government.
Uzbekistan Nudges SCO in Economic Direction
November 16, 2020

Uzbekistan Nudges SCO in Economic Direction

By Umida Hashimova
Economic matters have been rising on the agenda of the predominantly security-focused regional organization.

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