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Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules
November 13, 2020

Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules

By Catherine Putz
Overturning the decisions of two lower courts, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court says police should not have cracked down on the March 8 protest.
Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers
November 13, 2020

Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers

By Tristan Kenderdine
Is China’s CR Express destined for the industrial graveyard of Eurasian economic policy history?

Kazakhstan Still on the Long Road to a Latin Alphabet
November 11, 2020

Kazakhstan Still on the Long Road to a Latin Alphabet

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh has been written in a Cyrillic script since 1940, but government officials have long pushed for a gradual shift to a Latin alphabet.

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial
November 10, 2020

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial

By Catherine Putz
ASAP or maybe never: In August, the WHO wanted to visit Turkmenistan ASAP to test suspected COVID-19 samples. To date, no new mission has taken place.

Uzbekistan to Host Chinese Vaccine Trials
November 09, 2020

Uzbekistan to Host Chinese Vaccine Trials

By Umida Hashimova
Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, a Chinese company, will run some of its phase three trial in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
Presidential or Parliamentary? What Kind of Government Should Kyrgyzstan Have?
November 06, 2020

Presidential or Parliamentary? What Kind of Government Should Kyrgyzstan Have?

By Catherine Putz
With new presidential elections set for January and parliamentary elections sometime before June 2021, the debate over what kind of government Kyrgyzstan should have is critical.

Kyrgyz Presidential Hopefuls Rushing to Run
November 04, 2020

Kyrgyz Presidential Hopefuls Rushing to Run

By Catherine Putz
Last month, Kyrgyz rushed into offices. This month, they’re running for the exits in hopes of contesting the January 10 early presidential election.
Former Kazakh Health Minister Detained in Corruption Probe
November 04, 2020

Former Kazakh Health Minister Detained in Corruption Probe

By Catherine Putz
Birtanov was minister until late June when he resigned after contracting COVID-19.

Russia, China Cautiously Watch Kyrgyzstan’s Lingering Political Turmoil
November 04, 2020

Russia, China Cautiously Watch Kyrgyzstan’s Lingering Political Turmoil

By Catherine Putz
Treading carefully, both Moscow and Beijing have engaged the new Japarov government but with a markedly light touch.

Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?
November 03, 2020

Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?

By Sher Khashimov and Steve Swerdlow
Could a court decision punishing a victim of sexual harassment and the newspaper that helped her be Tajikistan’s #MeToo moment?

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled
November 03, 2020

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled

By Catherine Putz
A pair of November 1 charter flights from Moscow to Dushanbe were cancelled.
New Election Dates and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan
November 02, 2020

New Election Dates and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
The presidential elections are now set for January 10, while challenges have been filed over the cancellation of the December 20 parliamentary redo.

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