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How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses
July 22, 2020

How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses

By Catherine Putz
As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.
What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’
May 20, 2020

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’

By Gregory Gleason
Social and economic upheaval at such a scale as experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic unavoidably entails political effects.

Kazakhstan’s Coronavirus Payments: The Quest for 42,500 Tenge
May 15, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Coronavirus Payments: The Quest for 42,500 Tenge

By Anastassiya Fershtey
The process of receiving financial aid from the Kazakh government turned into a “quest” for Kazakhs.

Technology and Policing a Pandemic in Central Asia
May 13, 2020

Technology and Policing a Pandemic in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Regional governments are retooling surveillance systems in their “smart” cities to fight the pandemic, heightening existing concerns of rights and privacy.

Kazakhstan Begins Easing Some COVID-19 Restrictions
May 12, 2020

Kazakhstan Begins Easing Some COVID-19 Restrictions

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan isn't quite out of the woods, but the government has ended the state of emergency and outlined plans for a staged re-opening.
Zero to 15: Tajikistan Finally Confirms First Cases of COVID-19
April 30, 2020

Zero to 15: Tajikistan Finally Confirms First Cases of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
The announcement confirms what experts long suspected, but the government denied: the pandemic has arrived in Tajikistan.

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View
April 30, 2020

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View

By Catherine Putz
If Ashgabat simply moves the sick away from designated quarantine zones, will it fool the WHO?

Human Rights Beyond the Time of Coronavirus
April 24, 2020

Human Rights Beyond the Time of Coronavirus

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia has seldom been a haven of respect for human rights and the coronavirus pandemic opens new opportunities for abuse.

Coronavirus Exposes Central Asian Migrants’ Vulnerability
April 10, 2020

Coronavirus Exposes Central Asian Migrants’ Vulnerability

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Distinctive factors shape anti-migrant sentiments in Russia. COVID-19 exacerbates an already difficult situation.
Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders
April 10, 2020

Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders

By Catherine Putz
Emomali Rahmon finally joins in on regional telediplomacy with recent calls with the leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

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