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· February, 2021

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from February, 2021

In post-war Armenia, legislators take aim at press freedom

Since the war, press work has been thrown into disarray by new and often vague regulations. Now, new draft bills could make reporting in Armenia even more difficult.

What keeps people with disabilities indoors in Azerbaijan? The answer is not COVID-19

"Why is the government not interested in providing lasting, sustainable and impactful solutions to the problems people with disabilities face in Azerbaijan?"

After grisly murder, women hold protest in Baku

The demonstration was given impetus by the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman.

Some Western observers share Central Asia's misgivings about Alexey Navalny

"Western policy-makers even turn a blind eye to the fact that Navalny’s foreign and security policies run directly counter to Western objectives. Maybe they think it’s worth the gamble."

Alexey Navalny's views on migrants run counter to his pro-democracy discourse

Alexey Navalny has emerged as a rallying figure for liberal Russians and a symbol of Russian opposition, but his image among Central Asians – including Russia's migrant workers – is...

Nearly six centuries after his birth, who owns Alisher Navoiy, the ‘father of Uzbek literature?’

February 9 marks the birth anniversary of a 15th-century Afghanistan-born poet who championed Turkic heritage, and became a national literary symbol in Soviet and later independent Uzbekistan.

What Kyrgyzstan’s hasty transition to presidential governance says about the state of its democracy

Since its government fell last October, Kyrgyzstan has experienced a political whirlwind, with January elections consolidating the interim leader's position and a referendum that changed its system of governance.

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