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IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

Uzbekistan: Unavailable Gas

In 2018, the total natural gas production in Uzbekistan is expected to be about 61 billion cubic metres, which is 5.2 billion cubic metres more than in 2017. However, almost one third of the population in the republic have to warm up their houses with coal and firewood.
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31.01.19
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A Bit of Zen in Tashkent: The Structure of the Only Functioning Buddhist Temple in Central Asia

Buddhism in Uzbekistan is the fourth largest religious group by the number of followers in the country after Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is practised by 0.2 per cent of the population. This is the only place in Central Asia with the functioning Buddhist temple.
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Latin Alphabet for Kazakhstan: Turkification, Westernisation or Useless Initiative?

By 2025, five out of six Turkic-speaking countries will be using Latin alphabet. It’s the year when Kazakhstan will switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet.
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Not Cheap and Impractical. Vague Future of Electric Cars in Kyrgyzstan

The government of Kyrgyzstan starts encouraging the use of electric cars. Preferences are expected to increase the number of this type of transportation. Since 2019, the country applies zero rate to the import of cars with electric motors. All you need to do if you want to drive such cars is purchase them and pay for their delivery.
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Internet in Uzbekistan: Blocking or Incompetent Specialists?

In mid-January, Uzbekistan provided access to Facebook and YouTube all of a sudden. Many people thought it was related to the forthcoming visit of president Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Europe, but later that evening the access to these services was denied again.
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Converted Tajiks Are Afraid to Talk About Their New Faith

Most of the Tajiks who changed their religion hide their new religious views out of fear of condemnation by others.
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Central Asia: 10 Year Challenge

What has changed in Central Asian states since 2009?
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23.01.19
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Kyrgyzstan “Opens Skies”. What Does it Mean?

On January 25, Kyrgyzstan brings into effect the amendments to the Aviation Code – the country has announced the fifth freedom of the air and the open skies policy application. The aircraft of foreign airlines may now land in Kyrgyz airports, take passengers or cargo and continue on.
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Could China Be Softening Stance on Kazak, Kyrgyz Minorities?

Mass release of detainees stirs hopes that international criticism may be working. (more…)

A Vaccine of Discord, or Why Parents in Kyrgyzstan Refuse Vaccination

Last year Kyrgyzstan started talking about the mandatory children’s vaccination law. This year the bill should be submitted to the executive office of the government. If adopted, the only reason for vaccination refusal will be doctors’ recommendations only.
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