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Will Uzbekistan Allow an Opposition Candidate to Run for President?
March 02, 2021

Will Uzbekistan Allow an Opposition Candidate to Run for President?

By Catherine Putz
Recent events further dim already bleak hopes for a free and fair presidential election in Uzbekistan later this year.

Understanding Pressure on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan
March 02, 2021

Understanding Pressure on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
A new report outlines Kyrgyzstan's challenges, with an eye on helping Western partners recalibrate their engagement with the country.
After Pipeline Explosion, Russia Resumes Gas Exports to Kazakhstan 
March 01, 2021

After Pipeline Explosion, Russia Resumes Gas Exports to Kazakhstan 

By Paolo Sorbello
An explosion at a Soviet-era pipeline near the border between Russia and Kazakhstan shows just how intertwined the energy sectors of these countries are.

Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 
February 26, 2021

Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 

By Colleen Wood
Local polls scheduled for April 11 will offer clues about the country’s future political trajectory.

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort
February 26, 2021

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort

By Catherine Putz
In an investigation released this week, RFE/RL poked into the Uzbek president’s alleged secret resort in the mountains.

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit
February 25, 2021

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit

By Catherine Putz
Russia as a first destination for a Kyrgyz president is no surprise; it’s essentially tradition.

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead
February 22, 2021

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov, who pleaded guilty to corruption earlier this month and got off with a fine, may face new charges.
In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested
February 19, 2021

In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested

By Catherine Putz
A week ago, Matraimov pleaded guilty to corruption and was fined $3,000. He may soon face new charges.

Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan
February 18, 2021

Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Another investor has left Kazakhstan, highlighting the worsening business climate. 

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov
February 16, 2021

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov

By Catherine Putz
After a tumultuous 2020, Kyrgyzstan faces continued political and economic challenges in 2021.

Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports
February 16, 2021

Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports

By Umida Hashimova
Accessing seaports at lower costs and shorter distances is a decades-old issues Tashkent is trying to solve, Pakistani ports might be the answer. 
Are the Uyghurs Safe in Turkey?
February 13, 2021

Are the Uyghurs Safe in Turkey?

By Nicholas Muller
Many in the Uyghur diaspora feel they have a target on their back.

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