Sunday, November 23, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

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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Russian Duma Paves Way For Kyrgyzstan's 'Eurasian' Integration

Russia's lower parliament house on November 21 ratified an agreement governing economic cooperation with Kyrgyzstan as it integrates with "Eurasian" structures that President Vladimir Putin is using to tighten Moscow's ties with other former Soviet republics.
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Dushanbe: 300 Tajik Jihadists In Syria

The deputy chairman of Tajikistan's State Committee for National Security, Akram Amonov, says some 300 Tajik nationals are fighting alongside militants in Syria including the Islamic state group.
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Famous Kazakh Poet Says 'Too Much Independence Dangerous For Kazakhstan'

Famous Soviet-era Kazakh poet Olzhas Suleimenov says "too much independence will be dangerous for Kazakhstan."
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Court Drops Kremlin-Linked Tajik Maid Case

An immigrant maid from Tajikistan, who is the girlfriend of the son of top Kremlin adviser and nationalist Sergei Glazyev, has been freed from custody.
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OSCE Chairman, Nazarbaev Discuss Ukraine, Swiss-Kazakh Ties

The current head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has discussed a range of issues including the conflict in Ukraine with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
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Independent Magazine Shut Down In Kazakhstan

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the closure of an independent magazine that has scrutinized the authorities over human rights issues and corruption.
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Czech President Zeman, Karimov Expected In Astana Next Week

Czech President Milos Zeman and Uzbek President Islam Karimov are both expected to visit Kazakhstan next week.
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Western Firms Help C. Asia States Spy

A report by a privacy watchdog group says U.S. and Israeli companies have supplied Central Asian states with sophisticated surveillance technology that gives them extensive power to monitor the communications of government opponents and other citizens.
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Suspected Bride-Snatchers Arrested In Kyrgyzstan

Authorties in Kyrgyzstan have arrested 11 people on suspicion of bride-snatching, an offense that was rarely prosecuted in the past.
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