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ANALYSIS. Since early November, temperatures in Uzbekistan have been 2-5 degrees lower than average. Electricity consumption has increased by over 17%, reaching a new all-time high on 25 November according to the country’s ministry of energy, who cut off electricity

Kyrgyzstan is holding a snap presidential election on 10 January. Candidates include well-known politicians, businessmen and even a self-proclaimed god. The country will also be voting on a constitutional reform the same day. This article was originally published on Novastan’s German

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Despite going up in the rankings, Tajikistan’s internet is still among the slowest in the world, lagging behind its Central Asian neighbours. This article was originally published on Novastan's French website. Internet users in Tajikistan have been complaining about slow Internet for

Sadyr Japarov went from prisoner to prime minister and interim president of Kyrgyzstan. It's still too early to say whether he will be able to fulfil his many promises. Sadyr Japarov now leads Kyrgyzstan, a mere 9 days after leaving prison.

Russia wants to intensify cooperation with Central Asia. During a video conference on 15 October, the foreign ministers of Russia and the Central Asian states adopted a declaration on cooperation. The main innovation is the establishment of the joint dialogue

Kyrgyzstan’s president Sooronbay Jeenbekov announced his resignation in a desire to avoid further violence. The prime minister, Sadyr Japarov, declared himself interim president. This article was originally published on Novastan's French version. In a televised address, the president of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov,

Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers gathered on 10 October to elect a new prime minister. They chose Sadyr Japarov, known for advocating the nationalisation of the country’s main gold mine, and until recently serving a prison sentence for attempted kidnapping. But critics say

Prior to his resignation as president of Kyrgyzstan on 15 October, Sooronbay Jeenbekov had announced an agreement with Russia on the railroad project between China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. This article was originally published on Novastan’s French website. In an interview with the

A new parliament was elected in Kyrgyzstan on 4 October. Almost all election winners are parties loyal to the government. As of the following day, several parties do not recognize the results, and thousands protest against fraudulent elections. This article was

George Itzhak's award-winning short documentary “Waiting for the Sea” connects insights into Uzbekistan electronic music scene and its traditional music with the drying up of the Aral Sea. Novastan spoke with him about the challenges of making the film, the

As Tajikistan boasts a lack of coronavirus cases, both experts and the population raise doubts about the authorities’ sincerity. Could the government be hiding the truth, fearing panic and a possible economic collapse?  This article was originally published by Novastan's French

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