Articles on Central Asia

Migrants in New Villages in Southern Tajikistan: No Electricity for Years and No Knowing When It Will Appear 14.05.19

Under Tajik authorities’ order, over the past few years, dozens of families from the Gorno-Badakhshan region, Rasht and Kulob voluntarily moved to the south of the country. However, many migrants are dissatisfied with the new situation and complain about difficult living conditions.


Detentions and Blocks in Kazakhstan: What Will Tokayev Do Next?

On May 9, several mass protests demanding fair elections took place in several towns of Kazakhstan. This is not the first campaign after the change in the country’s leadership and the announcement of early election; however, it is the first one that is characterised by relatively violent preventive and response measures taken by the authorities.

Jehova Witnesses in Kazakhstan: right to be inclusive

Assem Zhapisheva 10.05.19

Jehova Witnesses in Kazakhstan are open, eager to share any information. Their activity aren’t restricted in Kazakhstan, however there is risk for restrictions due to incorrect interpretations and understanding of some aspects of their beliefs from society.


Uzbekistan: On the Way to Equality

Irina Matvienko 07.05.19

Uzbekistan is the only state in Central Asian region, which doesn’t have a law on equal rights and opportunities for men and women. However, in late April the country submitted a draft law for public discussion. It has caused mixed reaction of people.

“Stay Neutral.” Life of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan


There are more than 140 thousand residents in the town of Chirchik, Tashkent region, including 500 followers of the religious organisation, Jehovah’s Witnesses. They cannot get registered in any other town of Uzbekistan, therefore, the information about their exact number in the country is not available.

Messed up Mobile Internet Prices in Tajikistan: Why Were They Raised and Why Lowered?

Why was the order of the Antimonopoly Service of Tajikistan to increase tariffs for mobile Internet valid only for a week?


“Scripture People.” The Life of Adventists in Kyrgyzstan


Kyrgyzstan has 23 communities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6 of which are located in Bishkek. The main prayer house is located on the outskirts of the city and is the spiritual centre of Adventists in the republic.

Experts: Uranium Mining at Kyzyl Ompol is Hazardous to Environment, Economically Unviable 30.04.19

The topic of uranium mining has become a serious concern for the people of Kyrgyzstan. Yesterday, local residents protested together in Balykchy against the uranium mining, and today they were protesting in Bishkek. The people are very critical about this topic.


Kazakhstan: From a Marathon Banner to Protest Consolidation 28.04.19

Consolidated moods of the Kazakhstanis after the detention of activists Asiya Tulesova and Beibarys Tolymbekov are the sign of the people’s great demand for a change in the situation, according to experts.

Agriculture in Tajikistan: Difficult with Loans, Can’t Do without Them 26.04.19

The agricultural reform has been going on in Tajikistan for several years – thousands of small dehkan farms have emerged on the basis of collective farms and state farms. However, experts think high loan interest rates can become an obstacle to the developing sector.