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Central Asia

Open Society Foundations activities in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia promote social progress and human rights by supporting programs, research, advocacy, and local organizations addressing issues such as democratic governance, human rights, and transparency and accountability.

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Recent Work

Voices
Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems  

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

Voices
Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

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Prison and Persecution in Turkmenistan

This discussion looks at the condition of human rights in Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most repressive and least transparent countries.

Briefing Paper
When “Trust but Verify” Is Not Enough: Continued Pressure Is Needed to End Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

The United States and the international community must continue to pressure Uzbekistan to stop forced labor practices to harvest cotton.

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Stalin/Putin: Geopolitics, Power, Ideas  

Stephen Kotkin and Bill Keller discuss Stalin’s history and how its reading could shed light on the public and political life of Putin’s Russia.

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Propaganda Revisited: A Look at Current Practice in Russia and Egypt  

Peter Pomerantsev, Michael Weiss, and Rabab El Mahdi discuss the deployment of propaganda and mis/disinformation in Russia and Egypt.

Open Society People

Jeff Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst, Eurasia
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center