Hundreds of thousands of Central Asians graduated from high school this week. But due to economic hardship, many of the region's best and brightest won't be going on to college. Instead, they will work as migrant laborers to provide for their families.
The family members and relatives-by-marriage of Central Asian presidents often rise swiftly to power and wealth. Often, just as quickly, they fall in disgrace -- sometimes forced into exile, if not murdered.
A new draft law in Kazakhstan would allow some men to take a second, third, or even a fourth wife. With a return to Islamic traditions in Central Asia, polygamy is on the rise.
The legendary Kyrgyz author Chingiz Aitmatov is in a hospital in
Nuremberg, reportedly in a coma after he suffered kidney failure on May
Weeks after a cyberattack knocks out a handful of RFE/RL websites, the company's president says the official response to a similar outage in Central Asia hints at "deliberate interference."
A meeting between the Tajik and Kazakh presidents could signal a new regional alignment at the expense of Russian and Uzbek influence.
Sources in Kyrgyzstan insist to RFE/RL and others that the flow of exiles continues three years after security forces opened fire on protesters.
In the former Soviet Union, fading democratic movements and a mounting energy fixation have combined to see a near-total downturn in press freedom, says a rights watchdog.
Is integration of the Central Asian states a realistic goal? The idea, or something like it, was floated again this week.
A Russian soldier serving at a CIS counterterrorism base in Kyrgyzstan is in serious condition after what local authorities are describing as a justified shooting at the hands of a Kyrgyz policeman.
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has returned home after a two-day visit to Kazakhstan, where he held talks with President Nursultan Nazarbaev. Energy, water, food, and migrant labor topped the agenda of the talks.
The cutoff is likely to hurt the region's poorest states, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which traditionally consume lots of Kazakh wheat.