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Fergana News was established in 1998 and is one of the most popular resources dealing with the life of Central Asian countries of the former USSR. 

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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is Co-Editor at openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Another Kyrgyz journalist accused of being an “enemy of the people”

Ulugbek Babakulov raised the problem of Kyrgyz nationalism online. And now, he’s being smeared publicly. 

A day watching Turkmen television

In Turkmenistan, people will do anything to avoid watching their tightly-controlled state media. This journalist spent a day glued to the screen to find out why.

Seven moments from the life of Almazbek Atambayev

The rise of Kyrgyzstan’s increasingly authoritarian president is an unusual story. Fergana News recalls some of its stranger chapters.

Listening to Russia’s female migrants

How a new multilingual magazine in St Petersburg is giving a voice to female migrants from Central Asia.

In Uzbekistan’s jails, torture is an everyday occurrence

Trumped up charges, persecution of foreign citizens and extended sentences — this is the face of justice in Uzbekistan. 

Tajikistan’s imitation civil society

Harassment, intimidation and anti-opposition protest – this is the face of “civil society” in Tajikistan.

Uzbekistan: who needs elections anyway?

Uzbekistan’s parliament approved the appointment of prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as interim president of the country. But it is legal? And does the legality matter?

Uzbekistan after Karimov: goodbye to the family business

As Uzbekistan's elite recovers from the shock of Islam Karimov's death, the scrabble for the spoils is only just beginning. 

Uzbekistan: after Karimov, what next?

The news that Uzbekistan’s president has suffered a stroke has plunged the region into uncertainty. Central Asian analysts from Fergana News offer their views.

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