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Latest Turkmenistan News

Karakalpak Activist Says Uzbek Authorities Arrested His Relatives

Uzbek activist Aman Sagidullaev, who is in self-imposed exile in Kyrgyzstan, says Uzbek authorities have arrested five of his brothers over his political activities. More

Turkmen Embassy In Minsk Hacked Apparently By IS

Turkmenistan's embassy in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, has been hacked by people with apparent links to the Islamic State extremist group. More

Russia introduced mandatory testing for labor migrants in late 2012 as part of an ongoing effort to curb migration inflows. (file photo)

Russia Beefs Up Exam For Migrants

​Russia has drafted a new, tougher version of its compulsory exam on Russian history, language, and civics that foreign labor migrants will need to pass in order to receive residence permits, the Izvestia newspaper reported on April 6. More

Turkmen Leader To Conserve Water

Turkmenistan's president has pledged to conserve scarce water resources, a major problem in a country that's considered to be among the world's top water wasters. More

CIS Senior Diplomats Meet In Bishkek

Senior diplomats of the Russian-dominated Commonwealth of Independent states have gathered in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to discuss ways to increase cooperation. More

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'The Land Is Hard, The Sky Is Far': Afghan Turkmen In Dire Straits

The situation for ethnic Turkmen in northern Afghanistan's northwestern Baghdis Province is dire. They have already started to bury their dead. More

The European Union, The Southern Corridor, And Turkmen Gas

With the EU's Southern Gas Corridor project to bring gas from the Caspian Basin to Europe taking on increased importance, we spoke with Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice president "in charge of energy union" who is currently spearheading the EU's efforts to realize for the SGC. More
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Features & Commentary

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Sports & Dictators: In 2014, A Match Made In Heaven

Many people turn to sports as a welcome break from politics. But from the Olympics to Formula 1, the year 2014 revealed a growing connection between big-ticket sporting events and ugly political regimes.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.
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