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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

Tajik police officer Gulmurod Halimov's defection to Islamic State in April has been a major source of embarrassment to Dushanbe.

Websites Blocked After New Video Shows Tajik Commander Who Defected To IS

Social networks including Facebook, YouTube, and Odnoklassniki are inaccessible in Tajikistan following the release of a second video showing a former commander of Tajik special police forces who has defected to the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Dushanbe Confirms Taliban Troop Handover

Tajikistan's State Committee for National Security on June 16 confirmed that the Taliban has handed over four Tajik soldiers whom it captured in Afghanistan last year. More

Taliban Frees Tajik Border Guards

​The Taliban in Afghanistan has released four Tajik border guards after mediation efforts by Qatar. More

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Are Tajik IS Militants Faking 'Martyrdoms'?

The concept of "martyrdom," death in battle against "infidels," is a key element of the ideology of the Islamic State militant group, which issues photos of dead militants and hails them as martyrs in propaganda efforts. 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.

Video Islamic Party Members Resign En Masse In Tajikistan

As dozens of party members and officials publicly announce their departure from Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party, its leaders are putting on a brave face and saying the situation does not reflect reality.

Tajik IS Militants Told 'Return And Repent, And You'll Be Forgiven'

Tajikistan has taken a forgiving stance when it comes to its citizens who voluntarily leave the Islamic State militant group and want to return home.

Mystery Of Missing Tajik OMON Commander Deepens

Tajik authorities vow to shed light on the fate of a missing OMON commander amid sensational reports he was arrested abroad while holding a fake passport and extradited home.

Reporter's Notebook: After Years Of Work In Russia, An Uzbek Wedding In Tajikistan

Anvar wanted to have a traditional Muslim wedding, rather than the vodka-soaked nuptials ubiquitous in Soviet Tajikistan. He had worked for years in Russia to build his own house. And now the day had come.

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.

Tajik Teen Earns Thousands By Allegedly Impersonating President's Son

A Tajik high school student who allegedly posed as a member of the ruling family was so convincing that he made off with thousands in bribes in return for presidential favors.

Video Tajiks Weigh Ban On 'Bad Names'

In the latest round of Tajikistan's effort to influence what its citizens name their children, authorities are set to ban names they deem insulting, demeaning, or foreign to Tajik culture.

Video Tajik Man Told To 'Kill Everyone Brutally' During Training To Join Islamic State

A Tajik man has surrendered himself to authorities after allegedly undergoing "jihadi training" at a Turkish mosque as a potential Islamic State recruit. Parviz Nabiev spoke to RFE/RL's Tajik Service about his experience and ultimate disillusionment.

Central Asia Medical Workers Struggle To Escape Yemen Violence

The conflict in Yemen has left hundreds of Central Asian medical workers struggling to find a way out.
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