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Where Is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter?

mirziyoiyevinkgEvery five to 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a fresh group of Uzbek pilgrims troops into the tomb of their late president, the dictator Islam Karimov, to pay homage at his white onyx sarcophagus, and listen to prayers chanted in his honor.

Kazakhstan threatens to block Telegram

ablyazovmuhtAuthorities want the app makers to delete all content by government foe Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Former Finance Minister Kakimzhanov Makes German Investor Disappointed in Kazakhstan

papenbumrGunter Papenburg sent a letter to Zhakip Asanov, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan, requesting him to gain insight on dismissing former minister's case

British inquiry promises ‘no stone left unturned’ as it tackles tax avoidance and evasion

UkParl Maurice Flickr 620wA British parliamentary subcommittee has opened an inquiry into tax avoidance and evasion in the wake of Paradise Papers revelations.

Leak in Money-Launder Suit Touching Trump Project Draws Fine

mablyazovleavesjailA former mayor of Kazakhstan’s largest city and his son may be on the hook for more than $280,000 for violating a confidentiality order in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit over embezzlement and money laundering that also allegedly involved purchases of condominiums at the luxury Trump Soho tower.

Internet censorship in Kazakhstan: more pervasive than you may think

freedom on the netAs Internet penetration grows in the country, so do the government’s attempts to monitor, control and repress dissenting voices.

UK: Supreme Court: Actions In Contempt Of Court Can Be 'Unlawful Means'

hrapunovablyazovMultiple breaches of worldwide freezing orders (WFOs) in contempt of court can form the basis of an action for damages caused by 'unlawful means' conspiracy, the UK's highest court has confirmed.

Russia: Putin’s Tsar Paul Complex

putinNow that Vladimir Putin has dispensed with the formalities of reclaiming presidential authority, Kremlinologists can focus on the more substantive question of how Russia’s paramount leader intends to define his third term. In particular, many are wondering how he will proceed with his pet project -- the creation of a Eurasian Union.

Multilateralism for a Despotic Age

Screen Shot 2018 03 19 at 8.52.07 pmDemocracies need different rules of engagement with authoritarian regimes.

Anonymous Generosity: the Foundations Sponsoring Putin’s Re-Election

PutinTitleRussian President Vladimir Putin may be running for reelection as an independent candidate, at least officially — but his electoral campaign is wholly funded by the ruling United Russia party and 22 affiliated foundations. They have contributed the entire 400 million rubles (US$ 7 million) that any candidate can legally spend on the election.

Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

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Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

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Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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