Asia

Uzbekistan polls close: Observers criticise lack of choice

Beyond veil of authoritarianism, Uzbek voters are hoping for change, but human rights groups are raising concerns.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan holds parliamentary elections lacking opposition

Despite economic and social reforms in Uzbekistan, elections are limited to five political parties.

Uzbekistan holds parliamentary elections lacking opposition

AJ IMPACT

Alarm as demolitions make way for new-look Uzbekistan

Residents say they are sidelined in talks over regeneration projects as officials pursue drive to modernise country.

Alarm as demolitions make way for new-look Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan closes infamous prison, but experts question motive

Jaslyk, where death and torture were common, is closing as Uzbekistan seeks to improve its image on the global stage.

Uzbekistan closes infamous prison, but experts question motive

Uzbekistan

Why is a Turkic languages scholar imprisoned in Uzbekistan?

Andrey Kubatin was charged of spying for Turkey in 2017 but, along with civil society groups, rejects the accusations.

Why is a Turkic languages scholar imprisoned in Uzbekistan?

Asia Pacific

Aral Sea: Uzbekistan and UN to attempt revival of dried-up lake

The disappearance of the Aral Sea in Central Asia has been called one of the world's largest man-made environmental disasters.

Asia

Uncertain future for Uzbekistan’s avant-garde museum

Concerns held for future of unique museum with tens of thousands of Soviet-era paintings.

Asia

Uzbekistan reforms: Activists demand more changes

Most Uzbeks back president Mirziyoyev's reform process but they complain about difficulties such as finding jobs.

Opinion

Kazakhstan: What is Nazarbayev's transition plan about?

And can it be a model for other countries in the region to follow, namely Russia?

Arkady Dubnov

by Arkady Dubnov

Arkady Dubnov

HIV

World Aids Day: Eradicating the stigma of HIV in Uzbekistan

In May 2017, Azima became the first person in Uzbekistan's history to publicly come out as HIV-positive.

World Aids Day: Eradicating the stigma of HIV in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

On the reform path: Uzbekistan opens up after years of isolation

After death of President Islam Karimov, who ruled for decades, government attempts to be more transparent and fair.

On the reform path: Uzbekistan opens up after years of isolation

Environment

An unprecedented Uzbek techno festival on the Aral Sea

A Soviet-era story explains how the Aral Sea became a ship graveyard. Young Uzbeks are now trying to revive the water.

Deserted Aral Sea hosts electro gig with environmental twist

ISIS/ISIL

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Analysts say opposition is purged in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan whenever there is a perceived threat.

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Asia

Dozens killed in Kazakhstan bus inferno

Bus en route to Russia bursts into flames in Kazakhstan's Aktobe region, killing 52 Uzbek citizens.

Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks in Kazakhstan

Asia

NYC truck attacker: From golden boy to ISIL supporter

As Saipov pleads not guilty to charges over fatal New York truck attack, his hometown questions where he was influenced.

Sayfullo Saipov: From golden boy to ISIL supporter