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IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

Tengrism: Religion or Mind-set?

Disputes about whether Tengrism is a religion, cult, ancient belief, shamanism or just a philosophy and mind-set have been on-going for 6 years.  Its active followers believe this is a religion, whose holy book is the Manas epic. Others think it is a philosophy. According to experts, this is both a cult and an ancient belief. However, no organisation of Tengrists has been registered as a religious one so far.


Commodity Turnover at Dostuk Checkpoint: Silence, Boom, Decline

More than a year has passed after the loosening of control at the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. During this period, over two million people have crossed Dostuk checkpoint, which is seven times more compared to the similar period before the thaw in relations between the states. This has also affected the strengthening of kinship relationships, queues at the border and the growth of commodity turnover.

Countering Extremism in Kazakstan: No Clicks, No Likes, No Listen

Even theological disputes and dissemination of songs can be the grounds for initiation of criminal cases. In the absence of victims, almost all guilty verdicts are based on expert opinions.

Prison Term for Likes, Shares. How Central Asia Counters Extremism in Social Media

According to experts, the authorities in the region should revise the rigid policy of imprisonment for unintentional actions in social media.

Kyrgyzstan: Human Resource Development Starts from School

The system of education is directly related to the national economy – an educated generation will create strong economy, experts say.


Fate of Kyrgyz Proselytes: Beaten, Buried Three Times

On October 16 this year, three drunk young men broke into the house and attacked a 25-year-old young man in Tamchy village of Issyk Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan. This is a version suggested by the family of the man who was beaten. He was a Kyrgyz proselyte and practised Christianity. He has severe brain concussion, one eye injury, a broken jaw, knocked out teeth, and multiple injuries. The young man is still in the territorial hospital.

Parviz Tursunov: Football Player, “Extremist”, Refugee

The fate of former star of Tajik football accused of extremism in his homeland is in hand of Belarusian authorities. He will either live a quiet life in the West, or be arrested and tortured in Tajikistan.


Uzbek President Builds New Relations with Vladimir Putin

On October 18-19, Russian president is arriving at Uzbekistan on a state visit.


How the Funded Component of Pension Works? (Part 3)

The funded part of pension emerged eight years ago and is taken from 2 per cent of employee’s wage.


Who Controls Information Field in Kazakstan?

Kazakstan has 2,763 media outlets, the majority of which are print media, according to information of the Kazak ministry of information and communications. According to marketing researches, television is still the most popular kind of media. Domestic KTK channel is the most popular, with 13.8 per cent of rating. According to expert assessments, Russian TV channels are the most popular with the audience. According to some experts, the authorities have cleared the competitive media field from opposition players and lost control over public opinion.


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