Almaty recently announced the implementation of a revised labor code. The controversial code is rife with regulations that harm ordinary workers, leading many analysts to dub it a “bill against the people.”
After two years of hard work and dedication by our team of authors and editors, we’re sad to announce that Silk Road Reporters is going on hiatus due to financial constraints. We’re grateful to all our regular readers and especially to our contributors who believed in the project, and we hope others may step forward to offer new voices and more coverage of this important region.
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Russian youth activist Vlad Kolesnikov took his own life on Christmas Day in Russia’s Samara region. Amidst widespread mourning, some in the country are wondering if his death was in fact a murder, and many warn that similar incidents could follow.
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On December 28, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev signed his annual list of pardoned prisoners. Despite the hopes of many in Azerbaijan and abroad, none of the country’s 95 political prisoners were on the list. Human rights activists are at odds as to the reasons for Aliyev’s continued crackdown on journalists and political dissidents.
Kazakhstan’s tenge has suffered a 125% devaluation against the US dollar in the past two years. While the country’s Central Bank blames falling oil prices, analysts say the problem is far more complex and point to systemic mismanagement.
In early December, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny posted several articles, a film, and a series of infographics exposing illegal businesses belonging to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika. The film has been viewed on YouTube over 3 million times, but analysts doubt Moscow will dismiss any of the implicated parties.
Following Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev’s December 14-17 visit to China, the government announced that it plans to abolish the visa regime for Chinese citizens. Local analysts and residents are worried about unabated Chinese expansion as a result of this policy.