Sunday, April 19, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Bekmambetov-Gabriadze Horror Movie Released In U.S.

A horror movie produced by Kazakh-Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Georgian actor-director Leo Gabriadze hits screens at theaters in the United States on April 17.
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Relatives Believe Uzbek Man Was Tortured To Death In Custody

Relatives of an Uzbek man who died in police custody this month say they believe he was tortured to death by police.
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Women's Prison Evacuated In Flood-Hit Kazakhstan

Inmates from a women's prison in Kazakhstan's central Qaraghandy region have been evacuated due to severe floods.
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Three More Kazakhs Jailed For Trying To Join IS Militants

A court in Kazakhstan's western city of Oral has sentenced three local residents to 3 1/2 years each on charges of attempting to join Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
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Nazarbaev And Erdogan Discuss Kazakhstan-Turkey Ties

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev and visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed bilateral ties in Astana.
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Ex-Kazakh Intel Chief Pleads Not Guilty In Austrian Court

Former Kazakh intelligence chief Alnur Musaev on April 15 pleaded not guilty at a trial in Austria over his alleged involvement in the killing of two Kazakh bankers.
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Retired Tajik Officer's Son Killed Fighting In Syria

A retired senior regional police officer in Tajikistan, Colonel Jumahon Muhtorov, says his son has been killed while fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria.
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Tajik Employees Of Russian Base Protest Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of local civilian support staff at a Russian military base in Tajikistan are protesting, saying they haven't received their wages in six months.
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Teens Jailed After Vowing To Join IS

A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced two teenagers to five years in prison for promoting terrorism after they said they planned to join Islamic State militants.
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Uzbek Cotton Harvest Slammed

The Uzbek-German Forum For Human Rights (UGF) has criticized Uzbek authorities for forcing "more than 1 million" Uzbeks to pick cotton in 2014.
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