To test -- unscientifically -- whether Uzbekistan's official discouragement of Valentine's Day extends to the general population, RFE/RL asked Uzbeks if and how they would be celebrating.
Religious leaders and public officials in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan have urged locals not to celebrate Valentine's Day, while opponents and defenders of the holiday came to violence in Pakistan.
Uzbekistan has welcomed a U.S. law that, according to Uzbekistan's media at least, supports Tashkent's opposition to the construction of large hydropower projects by its Central Asian neighbors.
Several Uzbek universities have asked students to sign contracts affirming they will not celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has postponed a widely criticized official visit to the Czech Republic next week.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the situation with freedom of information in the former Soviet republics is getting "bleaker every year."
Czech President Milos Zeman has defended his right to host Uzbek President Islam Karimov for an official visit later this month.
Fully aware of the social stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan, the mother of an HIV-positive girl has decided to keep her daughter's condition a secret.
A teenager has been arrested in the town of Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow region for his alleged involvement in the killing of an Uzbek labor migrant.
In what is being described as a "first," one of Uzbekistan's highest courts has agreed to consider a complaint from a rights activist against Uzbek police.
At least 19 people have been killed after heavy snow blanketed parts of Afghanistan and neighboring Central Asian states.