Thursday, April 24, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Video Turkmen Starting To Complain In Greater Numbers

Under Turkmenistan's notoriously repressive regime, those who publicly criticize the government have been known to end up in jail. But that hasn't stopped an increasing number of Turkmen from approaching RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondents in recent months to voice their dissatisfaction with officials. Is it bravery, desperation, or a more tolerant atmosphere?
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Kazakh Editors Accuse Authorities Of Media Crackdown

Editors from two opposition newspapers in Kazakhstan that were recently shut down say authorities are closing periodicals because they "fear the truth."
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Tajik Businessman Killed In Moscow

A well-known Tajik businessman and martial arts expert has been killed in Moscow.
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One Killed, Three Injured By Suspected Gas Blast In Tashkent

A suspected natural-gas explosion has killed one woman and injured three men in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
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Tajik Editor Sees Politics Behind Paper's Shutdown

The editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper in Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob says his periodical has been suspended by authorities due to political reasons.
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Video Turkmen Starting To Complain In Greater Numbers

Under Turkmenistan's notoriously repressive regime, those who publicly criticize the government have been known to end up in jail. But that hasn't stopped an increasing number of Turkmen from approaching RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondents in recent months to voice their dissatisfaction with officials. Is it bravery, desperation, or a more tolerant atmosphere?
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Friends Of Boston Marathon Suspect Want Their Trials Moved

Friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking that their cases be tried outside of Massachusetts.
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Kazakhstan To Expedite Citizenship For Repatriates

The Kazakh government has outlined new amendments to the country's migration laws that would expedite citizenship for ethnic Kazakhs from foreign countries.
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President Calls On Tajiks To Be 'Vigilant'

In his annual address to the nation, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on citizens "to be vigilant and ready to answer the world's current complex geopolitical challenges."
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Lavrov: Caspian Foreign Ministers 'Coordinate' Principles

Russia's foreign minister says the littoral states of the Caspian Sea are coordinating many "principles" aimed at establishing the bases of a treaty on the sea's legal status.
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