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The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs
January 26, 2021

The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs

By Catherine Putz
In January so far, four Kazakh NGOs have been fined and suspended by the state's tax authorities -- a convenient cover for political repression.

Uzbekistan Takes Further Steps Toward Eurasian Economic Union
January 25, 2021

Uzbekistan Takes Further Steps Toward Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s 2021 strategy directs several government agencies to align with a number of EAEU regulations. 
Mongolia’s Prime Minister Offers Shock Resignation Amid Protests
January 22, 2021

Mongolia’s Prime Minister Offers Shock Resignation Amid Protests

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Instability roils Mongolia’s political apparatus in the midst of a global pandemic.

In Lifting Trump Travel Bans, Biden Removes Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan
January 21, 2021

In Lifting Trump Travel Bans, Biden Removes Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Some travel restrictions remain due to COVID-19, but Kyrgyzstan is no longer subject to a direct U.S. visa ban.

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure
January 20, 2021

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure

By Catherine Putz
A trial is ongoing, but behind closed doors, while citizens complain of unfair distribution of promised compensation.

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?
January 16, 2021

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
Sadyr Japarov’s rise to power and a return to presidentialism demonstrate the limits of democracy promotion in Kyrgyzstan.

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament
January 14, 2021

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament

By Catherine Putz
The first president’s daughter is on the list of 76 deputies Nur Otan aims to seat in the new parliament.
Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia
January 13, 2021

Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, their citizens experiencing cold nights and darkened lights.

Why Did Kyrgyz Voters Give Up Parliamentarism? 
January 12, 2021

Why Did Kyrgyz Voters Give Up Parliamentarism? 

By Mariya Y. Omelicheva
In addition to electing Sadyr Japarov to the presidency, Kyrgyz voted by a huge margin to shift back to a strong presidential government system. 

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’
January 11, 2021

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’

By Catherine Putz
The new Kazakh parliament will, at least numerically, look very much like the previous iteration.

From Prison to Presidency: Sadyr Japarov’s Victory
January 11, 2021

From Prison to Presidency: Sadyr Japarov’s Victory

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Japarov soared past 16 other candidates with 79 percent of the vote in the January 10 election.
Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter
January 07, 2021

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter

By Benjamin Godwin
While the result is not in doubt, the elections could mark the next stage in Kazakhstan’s ongoing transition of power.

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