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Наблюдение на выборах в Средней Азии: безнадежное дело?

До тех пор пока авторитарные государства Средней Азии не начнут всерьез относиться к данным ими международным обязательствам, наблюдатели на выборах не смогут выполнять свою работу. Что можно сделать в этой ситуации? English

Is election observing in Central Asia a lost cause?

Until Central Asia’s autocracies take their numerous commitments to democracy seriously, election observers can’t do their jobs. What can be done? Русский

 

In Kyrgyzstan, it’s revolution, revanche, repeat all over again

Kyrgyzstan’s presidential campaign has started off with the arrest of a main contender for the post. Omurbek Tekebayev’s fate shows the country remains far from democratic. Русский

Listening to Russia’s female migrants

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

“What kind of terrorist am I?”

Even in exile, dissidents from Tajikistan live in fear for their lives. Activist Shabnam Khudoydodova shares her story.

The long arm of the despot

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Tajikistan’s government doesnt hesitate to go after its critics abroad. Intimidation, beatings and murder — this is Central Asias authoritarianism without borders.

 

“Two million soms and we’ll let you go”

If you push hard enough you can get justice — even in Uzbekistan.

 

Unmasking Central Asia's neoliberal judges

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Despite claims of impartiality, judges in Central Asia often incorporate neoliberal economic and moral values into their judgements on illegal settlements.

 

Kyrgyzstan's elections: a gentleman's agreement

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With Kyrgyzstan’s political parties agreeing to overlook each other’s misdemeanours and the public afraid to speak out, bribery and corruption will continue to be endemic. на русском языке

Islamic State in Kyrgyzstan: a real or imagined threat?

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In July, Bishkek claimed to successfully foil an IS plot in the country. But is IS even in Kyrgyzstan?

 

The Sochi Syndrome

Grandiose urban development projects and international mega-events are ideal opportunities for authoritarian leaders to flaunt their power – and provide their associates with lucrative construction contracts.

In Osh, the flames have died down, but not the discontent

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In 2010, the Osh region in southern Kyrgyzstan was riven by ethnic violence in the aftermath of revolution. And still nobody wants to talk about it.

 

The ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’ is not looking very Swiss

Daniele Rumolo.jpgKyrgyzstan, the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, has been moving closer to Russia, with perhaps predictable results.

 

Kyrgyzstan joins the Customs Union, and business finds itself in stand-by mode

For this state of small traders, entry into the Customs Union will bring both headaches and opportunities.

 

Kyrgyzstan's conservatives hold their anti-LGBT rally

Against a background of possible legislation against 'foreign agents' and 'gay propaganda', Sunday's anti-LGBT rally in Bishkek does not bode well for the small Central Asian state.


Kyrgyzstan’s unfinished business

Moving on does not – indeed, definitely should not – mean sweeping past abuses under the rug, nor ignoring the blatant lack of justice for those abuses.

Kyrgyz LBGT attacked on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Ahead of elections this autumn, the political drama around LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan hots up.

 

The devil is in the details: seizing Kyrgyzstan's press

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Ahead of parliamentary elections in the autumn, one of Kyrgyzstan's largest independent media holdings is under threat, and power elites prepare for what comes next.

 

Book review: Hamid Ismailov ‘The Underground’

Cover_Ismailov_TheUnderground.pngIn The Underground, like his mixed-race hero, Hamid Ismailov is looking, above and below ground, for the answer to the question: what is 'Russianness'?

 

The irreplaceables in Central Asia

924055_0.jpgIn Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the authorities don’t even have to stuff the ballot boxes, their presidents have done everything they can to appear irreplaceable.

Kazakhstan's reluctant leader

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Why does a president-for-life call snap elections?

 

Why Russia watchers should listen to Glenn Greenwald

Elites throughout the former Soviet Union are cracking down on dissent. But before Russia watchers start criticising the region’s repressive governments, they should first engage with the criticism, which has long been levelled at them.

When Russia sneezes, Central Asia catches a cold

Simon_opt022 crop 65x80.jpgRussia’s financial crisis has produced a contagious effect in Central Asia, where cheap oil is exacerbating the poor economic outlook.

 

Regime preservation in Central Asia

Summit pic - Photopress Kremlin.ru_.jpegFor elites in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, regime preservation is priority number one. Even if that means cozying up to Putin.

 

Detaining the president’s daughter

Karimova under house arrest Dore Ryan.jpgA year on from her disappearance from public life, what does the treatment of Gulnara Karimova reveal about Uzbekistan’s rights crisis?

Economic dystopia in Kyrgyzstan

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Hailed as a success story for liberal market reforms, Kyrgyzstan in fact provides an example of how the rentier class have become an integral part of the economy, and how democracy has given way to plutocracy.

The ‘Muslim radicalisation of Central Asia’ is a dangerous myth

RIA:R Mangarasyan Tajikistan 96.jpg Security think-tanks and expert communities in the Western world are perpetuating the dangerous myth that Muslim radicalisation is rife in Central Asia.

The kidnap trail to Central Asia

kidnapped activist crop.jpgCentral Asian security services have been abducting their countries’ citizens from Russia to stand trial on trumped-up charges. And the Russian police have been helping them.

The split widens in the ruling family of Uzbekistan

Karimova under house arrest Dore Ryan.jpgHaving been accused of misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars, Gulnara Karimova is now under house arrest in Tashkent; one more indication of the schism that is splitting the ruling family.

The ‘kiss of the titans’ in Kazakhstan

Kurmangazy Pushkin Kiss.pngIn Kazakhstan, a local court has ordered compensation to be paid to the ‘victims’ of a poster showing Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin kissing the Kazakh national composer Kurmangazy. на русском языке

 

ISIS: a shared headache for Central Asia and the West?

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant wikimedia comons.jpgIn any international discussion about the threat posed by ISIS Central Asian states have their role to play. 

 

Is Central Asia afraid of ISIS?

The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ has been seizing more and more territory in the Middle East, and now has its eyes on Central Asia.

 

Making work easier for Kazakhstan’s migrant workers

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Astana has introduced a new patent system for its guest workers, the ‘gastarbaitery.’ But does the new system work for Kazakhstan’s guest workers?

Concreting over the Silk Highway

The ‘Silk Highway’ will connect Western Europe with China, no matter what the locals think.

 

 

The spillover effects of Western sanctions, in Kazakhstan

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There is anxiety in Kazakhstan about the spillover effects of Western sanctions

 

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