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A debut presentation of the new Russian news agency Sputnik in Moscow on November 10, 2014

Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

The Kremlin surprised many with the media machine it unleashed on the world after pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. How is it working in Central Asia? More

A protester wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a rally in protest against Russian actions in Crimea in St. Petersburg in March 2014.

Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses. More

Kyrgyz Antigay Bill Clears Hurdle

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would criminalize so-called gay propaganda. More

Boston Bomber's Kyrgyz Friend Jailed

A Kyrgyz friend of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to two and a half years in prison June 18 for obstructing the FBI's investigation into the attack, U.S. authorities said. More

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on June 11

Central Asia: UN Chief Pleads For Human Rights

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said crackdowns on human rights in Central Asia could backfire by encouraging extremism. More

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Kyrgyz Woman Ready 'To Blow Herself Up'

A 25-year-old Kyrgyz woman stopped in Moscow as she planned to fly to Istanbul to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria has said she had been prepared to "blow herself up in a war zone." More

Islamic State Not Yet Seeking Central Asia Expansion, Report Says

In contrast to news reports and analyses warning that Islamic State is seeking to establish a foothold in Central Asia, a new report says the extremist group does not currently see the region as an area of interest. More
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Central Asian Migrants Sue Russian Employer Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of street sweepers from Central Asia are combining forces to take their Russian employer to court over unpaid wages.

Photogallery Friendship Forged In The Fires Of Osh

As Kyrgyzstan marks the fifth anniversary of deadly ethnic clashes in the south of the country, one ethnic Uzbek man recounts how a Kyrgyz neighbor helped his family escape the violence.

Kyrgyz Group Wrecks Day Against Homophobia

Plans by LGBT activists to celebrate a day against homophobia in Kyrgyzstan were spoiled when their party at a trendy Bishkek restaurant was ruined by nationalist, wannabe gay-wedding crashers.

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.
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