Tuesday, September 02, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Kyrgyz Minister To Visit Russia

Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev is scheduled to visit Moscow on September 3-5 for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
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Former Kazakh Agriculture Deputy Pleads Not Guilty In Corruption Trial

Kazakhstan is trying a former deputy agriculture minister, Muslim Omiraev, on corruption charges.
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Well-Known Kyrgyz Uzbek Activist Dies

Ravshan Gapirov, a prominent Uzbek human rights activist in Kyrgyzstan has died at the age of 59.
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Radioactive Cesium Missing In Kazakhstan

Kazakh authorities are searching for a canister of radioactive cesium 137 that has gone missing in the western part of the Central Asian nation.
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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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