29 October 2015
War on Terror to Dominate Kerry’s Central Asia Tour

U.S. diplomatic chief’s first trip to region will feature visits to some of the least free countries on the planet.

26 October 2015
Japan in Late Push for Central Asian Energy Riches

Abe, Berdymukhamedov sign deals to develop Turkmenistan’s huge natural gas resources.

10 September 2015
Photojournalist from RFE's Turkmen Service Jailed, Mother Says Premium
No public announcement by Turkmenistan officials of Saparmamed Nepeskuliev’s sentencing.
14 August 2015
Baku Court Sentences Rights Advocates, Russian POW Asks Putin for Help Premium

Plus, OSCE official presses Turkmenistan to free journalist, and report says Hungarian officials warn Jewish community over migration threats.

By Timothy Spence
13 August 2015
Russian Supermodel in Row Over Disabled Sister’s Ouster, Turkmenistan Bars Horse Expert From Leaving Premium
Plus, Belarus censors distance-learning packet sent to political prisoner, and witness protection among new Kosovo court’s biggest challenges
By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, and Evgeny Deulin
30 July 2015
Russia Blocks MH17 Tribunal, Activists Call for Turkmenistani Journalist's Release Premium

Plus, an official in Russia's North Caucasus faces murder charges and a jailed Azerbaijani reporter gets a prestigious prize in Washington.

By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, Thomas Chan Tsz Chun, and Evgeny Deulin

3 July 2015
Moscow Blasts Draft MH17 Report, UN Asks Hungary to Rethink Tighter Asylum Proposals Premium

Plus, a self-described IS militant uses social media to denounce his native Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan fumes over a separatist’s invitation to London.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
15 June 2015
Activist Flees Baku for Switzerland Refuge, Moldova Voters Remain Split Premium

Plus, Saakashvili is poised to make big cuts in Odessa and the UN leader talks human rights in Central Asia.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
12 May 2015
Macedonia Charges 30 Over Weekend Attack, Posthumous Nemtsov Report Released Premium

Plus, China loans billions to Belarus; Turkmenistan inks economic deals with Iran amid revived talk of a gas pipeline to Europe.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
4 May 2015
Fighting Flares in Ukraine, More Bad News for Media in Ex-Soviet Region Premium

Plus, Albania’s parliament votes to open secret police files, and Russia’s Night Wolves ride into Germany.

By Timothy Spence



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