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Chris Rickleton

Chris is editor for Global Voices Central Asia. Feel free to contact him with story ideas.

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Latest posts by Chris Rickleton

5 July 2014

“How I Almost Became a Spy”: This Tajik Editor-in-Chief Considers the Absurdity of Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest

If meeting with foreigners and asking questions constitutes spying, then Tajikistan has a lot of spies, muses Umed Babakhanov, Editor-in-Chief of the independent Tajik news agency, Asia Plus.

1 July 2014

‘The Tajik Government Has Made an Honest Mistake': Scholars in Washington DC Discuss Alexander Sodiqov's Detention (+Audio)

Global Voices Advocacy

On June 27 scholars gathered at different universities as part of an international discussion on the wrongful arrest and detention of Global Voices community member Alexander Sodiqov in Tajikistan.

Solidarity from Ankara for Alexander Sodiqov's Release

27 June 2014

These 5 Experts Explain Why Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest in Tajikistan Is So Troubling

Global Voices Advocacy

Civic activists and journalists fear the arrest of Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov could have worrying consequences on research in Central Asia.

19 June 2014

Tajik Government Silent on “Disappeared” Global Voices Contributor

Tajik authorities have allegedly paraded University of Toronto researcher Alexander Sodiqov, who disappeared three days ago, on television in an apparent attempt to discredit him and an opposition politician.

18 June 2014

Why Conducting Academic Research in Khorog, Tajikistan is a Criminal Offense

The Bridge

What does the Tajik government have to fear by arresting scholar and Global Voices author Alexander Sodiqov? Chris Rickleton explains.

9 Quietly Profound Photos From Kyrgyzstan That Foreshadow Central Asia's Water Wars

By 2030, nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of “high water stress."

23 January 2014

Goodbye Alexandros Petersen, Prodigious Guide to China in Central Asia

The Bridge

On January 17, a Taliban suicide bomb attack killed sixteen people at a Kabul restaurant. Among them was Alexandros Petersen, an enlightening commentator on Eurasian affairs and a riveting storyteller.

27 August 2012

Kyrgyzstan: ‘Charming’ Prime Minister Falls from High Horse

'Its a shame that the sane, handsome and enterprising premier of #freekg Babanov is on his way out.' The 42-year-old Prime Minister has been accused of accepting an expensive British...

24 August 2012

Kyrgyzstan: China Inc. Under Attack

China’s growing economic presence in Kyrgyzstan continues to be a topic for heated discussion in Kyrgyz society. In the country’s regions, this discourse is reflected in acrimonious standoffs between Chinese...

1 June 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Civic Initiatives Seek to Tackle Bride-Kidnapping

Although bride kidnapping is officially a crime in Kyrgyzstan, it remains a common occurrence in the country's rural areas. With the authorities reluctant to clamp down on the practice, civil...

15 May 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Can a Blogger be the Fourth Branch of Government?

Ilya Karimdjanov is a pest. Armed with a camera, a question and the most popular blog on Kyrgyzstan's most popular blogging platform,, he is a one-man citizen media machine,...

13 April 2012

Kazakhstan: Hockey Star's Wife Leaves Her Mark on the Kaznet

Stacy Dallman, wife of former NHL hockey player Kevin Dallman, is likely to be remembered in Kazakhstan for a long time to come. Chris Rickleton explains why.

11 April 2012

Tajikistan: Where Size Matters

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon knows the political capital to be made out of large, ostentatious public works projects. Yet Tajikistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, and...

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