Mansur Mirovalev is a print / video journalist who has worked for the Associated Press, Al Jazeera English, CNN, NBC, WIRED, the Los Angeles Times, RFE/RL and Vice News.
Regional analysts are largely optimistic about the constitutional changes but some have urged caution.
Moscow spent more than $6 billion to re-militarize Crimea and analysts compare the current shape of the region to Kaliningrad, an exclave of the former Soviet Union.
Opposition figure Alexei Navalny claims the opulent $1.35 billion property was constructed as a gift for Putin by Russia’s richest oligarchs.
Observers are worried that Russian lawmakers’ recent statements are paving the way for an actual annexation of Kazakhstan.
The region's ruling elites fear Islamisation of public life, so they have adopted draconian measures to even suppress the revival of Muslim traditions.
For bravado, some Kyrgyz men still take pride in stealing women. Now, a new gaming app is trying to change such perceptions.
Russia’s linguistic imperialism is at the heart of dozens of diplomatic spats between ex-Soviet states and the West, as well as hate campaigns in the Kremlin-controlled media.
Through Central Asian countries, Beijing is fast realising its dream of connecting nations from Pakistan to Poland to China and reviving the ancient Great Silk Road, outpacing both the US and Russia.
Guitarist EnverIzmaylov’s trademark is his meticulously arranged renditions of folk music, ranging from Tatar and Armenian to Turkish, Ukrainian and Russian.
In an attempt to cement power, Volodymyr Zelensky has called for snap elections, sparking a severe backlash from the opposition.
Uzbek authorities oppose Karimova’s extradition to the US because she knows too much about top Uzbek officials, including President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who served as prime minister in her father’s government, an analyst said.
Renowned TV comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s very likely victory may transcend the country's deepest political schism which has long played into the Russian hands.
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