Tuesday, September 02, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Nazarbaev: Ukraine Sanctions Will Hurt

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said further escalation of the crisis in Ukraine could hurt Kazakhstan's economy.
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Kazakh Warplane In Emergency Landing

A Su-27 warplane from Kazakhstan's Air Force made an emergency landing at a Chinese airport while returning from the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization antiterrorism exercises in China's Inner Mongolia.
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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
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Red Army Flags Stolen By Assailant At Bishkek Museum

An unknown assailant attacked a female employee of the Mikhail Frunze Museum in Kyrgyzstan's capital and stolen three Soviet-era flags.
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Kazakhstan Legalizing 'Shadow Capital'

Kazakhstan is legalizing "shadow capital" in an effort to pump more money into the economy.
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Nazarbaev: Astana Could Quit EES

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said his country could quit an economic alliance with Russia and Belarus if membership ever threatens its independence.
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Kyrgyz President Promises Better Energy Future

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has outlined plans to improve gas supplies around the country.
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SCO Wraps Up Military Exercises In China

Soldiers from Russia, China, and four Central Asian states are completing the final day of exercises simulating a military response to an outbreak of inter-ethnic tensions in any of the countries.
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Officials: Kazakh Clashes Not Ethnic

Kazakhstan's interior minister says two people have been hospitalized and four others detained by police after clashes in a southern village where most residents are ethnic Uzbeks.
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SCO Military Exercises Due To Enter Final Stage

Army chiefs from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are due to monitor the final stage of ongoing antiterrorist drills in China on August 29.
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