Analytical materials


“Regardless of the ‘failed test’ which just took place thanks in part to the belated ‘informational’ reaction from official state sources, social networks and messenger apps remain not only platforms for free expression but also channels for social consolidation,” – Kazakhstani expert Alexander Galiev exclusively for examines the issues facing government agencies in controlling the internet and social networks.

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“International ratings of states had become not only an instrument of global governance, but also a key criteria for investment of money and were creating the image of the state in the international arena. Despite the fact that huge funds had been allocated to the republic, the level of wellbeing and incomes changed insignificantly”, – Ainura Akmatalieva, a political analyst, specially for, reveals the peculiarities and the main trends in the foreign policy of Kyrgyzstan.

Investigative reporting


Every year, because of the carelessness of husbands dozens of healthy young women are infected with HIV, which is then transferred to their children. According to statistics, 70% of carriers of HIV are men, who do not warn their brides about the virus prior to the wedding. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon emphasized the key role of healthy and strong families in developing the country, and urged young couples to undergo a medical examination before marriage. However, HIV testing has a fee, public awareness is low, and sometimes people contract the virus in health facilities.


According to a survey, 72 percent of Tajik women have contemplated suicide, and 24 percent of them have attempted suicide after finding out about having contracted human immunodeficiency virus. Although the disease is not transmitted through casual contact, due to illiteracy [on the matter], Tajik society prefer to avoid the carriers of the virus, and some even terrorize them.

Four years’ absence will make it hard for LiveJournal to claw back its fans. The authorities in Kazakstan have unblocked the LiveJournal blogging website, four years after shutting down access to it.

Fewer jobs and a worsening exchange rate hits households supported by expats in Russia.A new law setting out tougher penalties for sex workers in Tajikistan is unlikely to curb the industry, as its roots lie in endemic poverty and unemployment.

Short of vehicles and staff, emergency services also find city traffic a problem. Ambulances in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek are supposed to arrive within 20 minutes of a call-out, but that rarely happens.

At least 400 Kazak nationals believed to be in Syria or Iraq.In mid-October, Kazakstan’s government added Islamic State to the list of designated terrorist organisations.

IWPR Reporting Central Asia


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A Google employee from Kyrgyzstan explains how internet would affect the quality of life and how they are trying to make internet available to every person on Earth.


Dushanbe wants to boost its defence forces, but people simply don’t want to join up. Maryam is desperately worried about the eldest of her three sons, who has just turned 18.


The plight of a female tiger has caught public attention and raised hopes for change. A series of deaths among rare animals in one of Kazakstan’s largest zoos have highlighted the country’s lack of legislation to protect animal welfare.

Events of bureau


A roundtable on “Military personnel rights” was organized in Rasht region by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Tajikistan in cooperation with Public Association “Citizens Freedoms’ Office” with the support the Ombudsman Office in the Republic of Tajikistan.


On April 14, at the initiative of the representative offices of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, an online dialogue was held between civil society representatives and intellectuals of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The theme of this Skype conference was the experience of Tajikistan in establishing peace after the civil war of 1992-1997, and the possibility of using this experience in Afghanistan.