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Kazakh Woman Jailed For Propagaring Islamic Extremism Online

A Kazakh woman in the western city of Aqtau has been sentenced to four years in jail for propagating Islamic extremism via the Internet. More

Lukashenka Says War In Ukraine May Spread Into Russia, Belarus

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says that Moscow is deeply involved in the "crisis" in Ukraine and expressed fear that the war there could spill over into Belarus and Russia. More

Lukashenka Says Belarus Could Leave Eurasian Group If Agreements Not Kept

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country "does not rule out" quitting the Eurasian Economic Union, an instrument for Russian influence in the former Soviet Union, if agreements in it are not kept. More

UN Official Calls For Zhanaozen Probe

The UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association says an independent international investigation into the deadly 2011 events in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen is needed. More

Customers shop at Crimean Farmstead, Russia's first specialized grocery which sells products from annexed Crimea, in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, in January 2015.

Russia Tumbles In Business Index

A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. More

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Kazakh Intel Agency: 'Russian Spies' Executed By IS Aren't Kazakhs

Kazakhstan's National Security Committee (NSC) intelligence agency has denied that two men apparently filmed being executed by a child militant with the Islamic State (IS) group are Kazakh citizens. More

IS 'Child Executioner' Reports Blocked, Played Down In Central Asia

Central Asian news outlets are playing down reports of a video that appears to show a Kazakh child militant executing two men. More
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Features & Commentary

Trail Of IS 'Russian Spies' Seen In Kazakhstan And North Caucasus

One of the two men who appear to be executed in a video released by Islamic State (IS) militants appears to have ties to a village in southern Kazakhstan and Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack

Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

It once was touted as an eastern alternative to the European Union and an attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union. But as the Eurasian Economic Union comes into existence with its three founding members -- Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan -- already squabbling, the future of the Kremlin's pet project looks uncertain.

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.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.

President Borat: French Leader Mocked Over Traditional Kazakh Costume

Critics of Francois Hollande are mocking the French president after he posed in a traditional Kazakh furry costume, causing anger in Paris and dealing another blow to the French president's deteriorating public image.

Kazakh Historians Campaign To Save Infamous Tsarist, Soviet Prison

Crumbling ruins are all that remain of a Kazakh prison with an inglorious past as a center of tsarist and Soviet repression -- leaving local historians scrambling to preserve its legacy.
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