Sunday, December 21, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Uzbekistan Holding Parliamentary Elections

Parliamentary elections are being held in Uzbekistan on December 21, in a vote few observers believe will result in real change.
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Critical Uzbek Website Closes Down

A Germany-based news website focused on Uzbekistan has closed down, a month after the names of some of its contributors inside the Central Asian country were publicized following the hacking of the chief editor's computer and e-mail account.
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Belarusian, Kazakh Leaders To Visit Kyiv

The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early next week.
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Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.
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OSCE Helps Turkmenistan Enhance Security At Airports

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has presented a two-day training seminar in Turkmenistan aimed at improving the country's airport security and border controls.
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Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.
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Afghan Villagers Threaten To Attack Turkmenistan

Villagers in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province claim Turkmenistan is stealing their agricultural land and are threatening to attack Turkmen border guards
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Kazakh National Bank Raises Interest Rate

The National Bank of Kazakhstan (QUB) has raised the interest rate for commercial banks from 2.75 percent to 3.05 percent.
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Embattled Kazakh Lawyer Released From Psychiatric Clinic

Kazakh lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly put into a psychiatric clinic, has been released from the institution.
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Kyrgyzstan Shuts Down Jihadist Website

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have closed down the website Kloop.kz for posting a video that showed Kazakh children who were living in areas in Syria under the control of the Islamic State militant group
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