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Akhal-Tech Collective

Group of bloggers and journalists writing about the Central Asian region.

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13 October 2017

The Viral Video that Sent Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Relations into a Tailspin

Seasoned autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev is finally participating in a competitive presidential election. (Just not in his own country).

5 October 2017

Tajikistan Authorities Invite Ridicule with Demand Wikipedia Correct ‘Spelling Mistakes’

"[Wikipedia] is free and public...It's senseless to demand editing from a source that can be edited by anyone."

15 September 2017

Adopted Georgian Journalist Launches Bid for City Assembly in Capital Tbilisi

"The problems of Saburtalo – chaotic construction, urban transport and lack of green cover – are the problems of the city as a whole."

13 September 2017

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

30 August 2017

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

11 August 2017

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’

"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."

5 August 2017

‘The Turkmenator': Turkmenistan's President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV

An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.

1 August 2017

As an Economic Crisis Grips Turkmenistan, the President Sings and Bikes

"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."

31 July 2017

Young Kyrgyz Music Star Rejects Appointment to Head Museum After Online Backlash

"We are tired of officials’ spouses and kids who get into managing positions.”

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

29 July 2017

The Kyrgyz “Dancing Kelin” Protests Early Marriage By Calling Attention to the Harsh Realities of Rural Brides

“Life in the village is round-the-clock work. Brides finish one chore and start another. They work 24/7.”

21 July 2017

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Global Voices Advocacy

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

30 June 2017

The Sad State of Tajikistan's Online Opposition

"While one [fake account] should play the role of an “angry bird” and mercilessly bomb everyone who speaks against you, another one should use softer, more diplomatic language."

25 June 2017

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

"While the man toils towards the welfare of Kazakhstan, his policies are something that every prominent person can emulate."

19 June 2017

With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?

"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."

14 June 2017

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

23 May 2017

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

14 May 2017

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

3 May 2017

A Very Central Asian Football Match in Tweets

"Maksadbek Alimov misses clear chance to pull one back for Alai at 39.43. Man behind me calls him a долбоёб."

26 April 2017

Kyrgyz Kickboxer Claims Racism After Publicly Contesting a Loss in Russia

The contest's Russian referee threatened Sharsheyev with deportation as he refused to leave the ring after the loss.

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