At Least 60 Wounded in Clash on Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

Violence along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border left 60 wounded in what has been described as an even worse flare up than a violent clash in March that left at least 25 individuals injured. The most recent incident appears to have arisen as ethnic groups in the Kyrgyz-Tajik border region grew increasingly vocal in their dislike of…

Azerbaijan continues crackdown on opposition

The government of Azerbaijan sentenced eight opposition activists to 6-8 years in prison for protesting the death of Jeyhun Gubadov at a barracks in January. A conscript of the Azerbaijani military, he officially died from a heart attack but photos shared with the press indicate otherwise. The ruling party of Azerbaijan, “Yeni Azerbaijan” (YAP) endured…

IMF Predicts Economic Downturn in Central Asia

The International Monetary Fund recently released a series of predictions in its annual Regional Economic Outlook Update for the Caucasus and Central Asia, in which it details expectations which largely show economies in Central Asia slowing throughout the remainder of 2014, from 6.5% to 6%. The economic downturn in Central Asia can be ascribed chiefly…

Kazakhstan to join WTO

Kazakhstan announced a deal with the Asian Development Bank on Sunday during the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank in Astana to infuse cash and expertise into the country’s economy to develop the economy beyond its large oil and gas sector, which comprises roughly 80% of its total exports…

Clashes in Odessa Leave More than Forty Dead

An official count of the deceased released yesterday numbered 42 in the wake of violent clashes between protestors in Ukraine’s southwestern city of Odessa. Tension began to rise on Friday afternoon as pro-Ukrainian activists took to the streets to confront separatist groups dressed in all black. Tensions soon metamorphosed into a bitter firefight, as both…

New Turkmen opposition party is announced

A new Turkmen opposition party, “Hereket” (the “Movement”) has appeared, reports RFE/RL. This is a strange development within a dictatorship that has a notoriously low tolerance for dissent. Turkmen opposition leaders, prominent in the transitional period of the 1990’s have fled to Europe, where they maintain comparatively small amount of influence and international attention. The…

Kyrgyzstan Falls Behind in Healthcare Reform

The healthcare system in Kyrgyzstan has recently garnered negative attention for its inability to accommodate its own elderly citizenry. Though general healthcare, in addition more specialized healthcare, surgery and hospital care are technically free within Kyrgyzstan, the government does not provide enough funding to cover the needs of some of its most vulnerable populaces, including…