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Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo)

1,200 Turkmen Prisoners Get Amnesty

Turkmen state media is reporting that some 1,200 prisoners have been pardoned in a sweeping amnesty. More

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov

HRW: Austrian President Should Urge Ashgabat On Disappearances

​A rights group says President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country. More

The Freedom House report mentioned the detention of investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova (left) in its criticism of Azerbaijan's media space. (file photo)

Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years. More

Turkmenistan's First Telecommunications Satellite Put Into Orbit

Turkmenistan's first telecommunications satellite has been put into orbit. More

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

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Latest Blog Posts

Closer To Home, Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan May Renew Original Goals

Militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) found sanctuary in Pakistan’s tribal areas for more than a decade. Now, it appears many have left and are looking for a new home. They might have found one in Afghanistan, right on the doorstep of their native land. More

Video Turkmen Residents Evicted, Homes Flattened

A demolition campaign outside the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, spreads misery and shows no sign of abating. More
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Features & Commentary

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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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