Friday, March 06, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Kazakh Border Chief Gets 11 Years In Jail For Corruption

The former chief of Kazakhstan’s Border Guard Service has been sentenced to 11 years in prison in a high-profile corruption case.
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Turkmen Afghans Threaten Hunger Strike Over Island Incursion

A group of ethnic Turkmen in Afghanistan have threatened to begin a hunger strike if armed forces from Turkmenistan continue to take land that the villagers claim as theirs.
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Nazarbaev Unclear On Election Plans

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev said on March 6 that it may be "time to change the scenery," leaving it unclear whether he will seek a new term in an early election on April 26.
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Tajik Opposition Leader Killed

Fugitive Tajik opposition politician and businessman Umarali Quvatov, who once had close ties with President Emomali Rahmon, has been shot dead on the street in Istanbul.
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Caspian Legal Status 'Nearly Resolved'

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour has expressed optimism that the legal status of the Caspian Sea could finally be resolved at the next summit of Caspian littoral states.
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Central Asians Reported Among Militants Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say Russian-speaking Central Asians were among dozens of militants killed in southern Afghanistan on March 4.
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Russia Says Worried By IS 'Units' In CSTO Countries

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has seen an increase of activity by "Islamic State (IS) units" in countries belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
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Kyrgyz Legislation Would 'De-Russify' Names

A Kyrgyz lawmaker has initiated legislation on the "de-Russification" of Kyrgyz names.
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Tsarnaev's Lawyer Admits He Planted 2013 Boston Marathon Bombs

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors in Boston on March 4 as lawyers for the ethnic Chechen on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the assault.
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France To Extradite Kazakh Fugitive

The top French appeals court has upheld the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov to either Russia or Ukraine.
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