Tuesday, August 04, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Russian Soldiers In Tajik Murder Trial

Two Russian soldiers suspected in the killing of a Tajik taxi driver last year have gone on trial in the capital, Dushanbe.
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Tense Situation At Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

Six people were wounded by gunfire and several were injured by stones as cross-border violence between villages in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan persisted for a second day.
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Smugglers Busted In Tajikistan

Tajik authorities say they have "neutralized" a transnational drug-trafficking group along the Tajik-Afghan border.
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8 Kazakhs Jailed On Terror Charges

A court in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe has condemned eight local men to prison for propagating terrorism.
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Tajik Opposition Slaying Suspect 'Innocent'

Relatives of the main suspect in the killing of Tajik opposition tycoon Umarali Quvatov in Turkey say he is innocent.
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Kazakh Sentenced On Ethnic Hatred Charge

​A court in Kazakhstan's northern city of Petropavlovsk has sentenced a man to three years in jail for "inciting interethnic hatred and discord via the Internet."
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Kazakh Leader Calls For 'Historic' Olympics Decision

The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the International Olympics Committee July 31 to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty rather than Beijing.
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Photogallery By The Numbers: Almaty's Winter Olympics Bid

What would make Almaty's hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics a historic milestone? How many minutes would it take athletes to travel to most competition areas? Here's a rundown of the answers to these and other questions ahead of the July 31 decision on whether Almaty or Beijing will host the games.
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Photogallery Mixed Feelings About Almaty 2022 Bid

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides between Almaty and Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, many Kazakhs are excited about the prospect. But others say the investment required to sell Almaty as a suitable site would be better spent improving living standards.
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Ablyazov's Brother-in-Law Detained

Fugitive Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov's brother-in-law, Syrym Shalabaev, has been detained in Vilnius.
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