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11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev
June 23, 2020

11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev

By Catherine Putz
Atambayev faces an additional, ongoing trial related to the violence that erupted when the state tried to detain him in August 2019.
Why Is Russia Moving Closer to Mongolia?
June 23, 2020

Why Is Russia Moving Closer to Mongolia?

By Shahid Hussain
Russia's approach to Mongolia is about more than countering China's influence.

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China
June 22, 2020

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

By Umida Hashimova
The transport corridor is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars.

Viral Video Exposes Domestic Abuse in Kyrgyzstan. To What End?
June 20, 2020

Viral Video Exposes Domestic Abuse in Kyrgyzstan. To What End?

By Colleen Wood
A viral video depicting horrific domestic abuse reveals tension in social media’s mobilizing power.

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora
June 19, 2020

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora

By Grady Vaughan
Turkmen at home and abroad rarely protest, but botched responses to natural disasters and the pandemic have led to a surge of activism.
Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev Tests Positive for COVID-19
June 18, 2020

Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
Now among Kazakhstan’s 15,877 reported cases of COVID-19: First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. 

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Telecom Scandal
June 17, 2020

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Telecom Scandal

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz prime ministers tend to have a short shelf-life.
Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?
June 16, 2020

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s denial of the virus’ presence in the country has inevitably cost lives. Not naming it doesn’t make it go away.

Tajikistan’s Most Fearless Lawyer Remains Behind Bars
June 12, 2020

Tajikistan’s Most Fearless Lawyer Remains Behind Bars

By Catherine Putz
Buzurgmehr Yorov bravely took on the defense of the IRPT leadership and, like his clients, lost his freedom.

Protests in Kazakhstan Disrupted With Arrests
June 09, 2020

Protests in Kazakhstan Disrupted With Arrests

By Catherine Putz
This weekend’s protests in Kazakhstan took place under a new law, but had the same results.

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership
June 08, 2020

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is joining the union as an an observer, but its officials have been promising the benefits of a full member.
COVID-19 Cases at Kazakhstan’s Tengiz Oil Field Top 1,000
June 04, 2020

COVID-19 Cases at Kazakhstan’s Tengiz Oil Field Top 1,000

By Catherine Putz
Two-thirds of the field’s workforce were sent home late last month, but it continues to grow as a virus hotspot.

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