Friday, April 29, 2016


News and Features from Central Asia

Dushanbe Bans Use Of Russified Surnames For Ethnic Tajik Children

Tajik authorities have officially banned the issuance of new identification documents and birth certificates for ethnic Tajiks containing Russified surnames.
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Video Kazakh Activists Detained Over Land Privatization Protests

Police in Almaty detained about a dozen Kazakh activists on April 29, including well-known journalists and rights defenders.
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Kazakh Police Disperse Dozens At Rally In Aqtau

Police in Kazakhstan's Caspian port city of Aqtau have dispersed protesters rallying against the government's decision to allow private land ownership.
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Land Sales Unearth Kazakhs' Love For The Motherland

Fears that land will be taken from the people and sold off to foreigners or moneyed elites are fueling a rare and growing protest movement in Kazakhstan.
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New Kyrgyz Government Sworn In

The new government of Kyrgyzstan, led by Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov, has taken the oath of office.
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Kazakh Prosecutor Warns Against Spreading 'False Information'

Kazakhstan's Prosecutor-General Zhaqip Asanov has issued a warning that that it is a crime to spread "false information about land privatization."
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'Minister Of Singers' Tells Uzbek Performer To Cover Up

An Uzbek singer has been told by authorities that her controversial choice of clothing "contradicts the national mentality."
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Video Kazakhs Rally Against Land Privatization

Hundreds of people rallied in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe and northeastern city of Semei on April 27 to protest the government's decision to privatize public land through auctions beginning on July 1.
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Russian Court Jails Ethnic Armenian From Kazakhstan For Trying To Join IS

An ethnic Armenian from Kazakhstan has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail on Islamic extremism charges in Russia.
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Kyrgyz Lawmakers Elect Parliamentary Speaker

Kyrgyz lawmakers have elected Chynybai Tursunbekov of the Social Democratic Party as the parliament's new speaker in the second round of a secret vote.
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