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Nietbay Urazbayev, Karakalpak Diaspora Leader, Dies in Kazakhstan

Nietbay Urazbayev, Karakalpak Diaspora Leader, Dies in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
“One of the best of our people has left -- and this further complicates relations between the Karakalpaks and the Uzbek authorities,” a fellow Karakalpak activist told The Diplomat.
Following China’s Export of Sanctioned Goods Through Central Asia to Russia

Following China’s Export of Sanctioned Goods Through Central Asia to Russia

By Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, Shakhriyor Ismailkhodjaev, and Kamila Fayzieva
Goods exported to Russia from China via Central Asia need not be weapons in order to contribute to Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine. 

Russian Neo-Imperialist Assertions Spark Pushback in Uzbekistan

Russian Neo-Imperialist Assertions Spark Pushback in Uzbekistan

By Mukhammadsodik Donaev
Reactions in Uzbekistan following Zakhar Prilepin’s comments are indicative of a larger, ongoing conversation about nationhood, independence, and national identity in Central Asia.

Uzbek Man Jailed for Social Media Posts Criticizing Mirziyoyev for Supporting Russia’s Putin

Uzbek Man Jailed for Social Media Posts Criticizing Mirziyoyev for Supporting Russia’s Putin

By Catherine Putz
Bunyodjon Boboniyozov was given a five-year sentence under criminal charges related to insulting the president and posing a threat to the constitutional order.

What Happens to Central Asian Youth After Following China’s ‘Educational Silk Road?’

What Happens to Central Asian Youth After Following China’s ‘Educational Silk Road?’

By Adina Masalbekova and Nigora Tangatarova
In contrast to the past, when youth from Central Asia largely migrated to Russia and other countries to do hard, physical labor, the younger generation is more focused on looking for educational opportunities abroad.
Huawei’s Growing Presence in Central Asia’s Telecom Industry

Huawei’s Growing Presence in Central Asia’s Telecom Industry

By Berikbol Dukeyev, Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, and Madina Tursonova
In both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Huawei has positioned itself as a major player in the telecommunications market.

China’s Electric Vehicle Expansion in Central Asia

China’s Electric Vehicle Expansion in Central Asia

By Nargiza Murataliyeva and Shakhriyor Ismailkhodjaev
Chinese electric vehicles are making inroads into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, but for different reasons.
In Uzbekistan, Residents Complain of Poor Quality in Rural Housing Projects 

In Uzbekistan, Residents Complain of Poor Quality in Rural Housing Projects 

By Gulnoz Mamarasulova
Affordable housing projects funded by foreign investment are an important initiative to benefit low-income families in need of housing, especially in rural areas, but there are several challenges.

Central Asia’s Rare Earths May Fuel Energy Transition

Central Asia’s Rare Earths May Fuel Energy Transition

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
If rare earth elements are the crude oil of the 21st century, then Central Asia and Mongolia may be the Saudi Arabias of these strategic minerals. 

The West Is Eying Closer Relations With Central Asia

The West Is Eying Closer Relations With Central Asia

By Mark Temnycky
It’s been a busy year for Central Asia, with numerous Western diplomats swinging through the region or welcoming Central Asian delegations in their own capitals.

Karakalpak Activist Deprived of Kazakh Citizenship

Karakalpak Activist Deprived of Kazakh Citizenship

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek authorities have told Kazakh authorities that Urazbayev never officially renounced his Uzbek citizenship and therefore Kazakh authorities have revoked his Kazakh citizenship. 
A Tale of 2 Uzbek Bloggers: Arifhojaev Freed, Khaidarov Jailed

A Tale of 2 Uzbek Bloggers: Arifhojaev Freed, Khaidarov Jailed

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek bloggers Fazilhoja Arifhojaev and Olimjon Khaidarov occupy vastly different ends of the blogger spectrum, but they illustrate the limits of free speech in Uzbekistan. 

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