A huge portrait Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov stands beside the horse race track in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in May 2007. (EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev)

Turkmenistan’s silent election

Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no...
Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev, left, and  Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk in front of a portrait of former Uzbek President Islam Karimov, as  Karimov's daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and widow Tatyana Karomova walk at a cemetery in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Sept. 6, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Uzbekistan after Karimov

Repression is legacy of 25-year rule In a country with no independent media, the airwaves are dominated by upbeat government propaganda. So when...