Thursday, May 07, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Tajik Teen Earns Thousands By Allegedly Impersonating President's Son

A Tajik high school student who allegedly posed as a member of the ruling family was so convincing that he made off with thousands in bribes in return for presidential favors.
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Brother Of Wanted Former Osh Mayor Arrested On Fraud Charge

A brother of the controversial former mayor of Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city, Osh, has been arrested on fraud charges.
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Tajik Soldiers Imprisoned For Hazing, But Lawyers Acknowledge Light Sentences

A military court in Tajikistan has convicted six Interior Ministry soldiers of hazing and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two to 2 1/2 years, sentences their own lawyers said were shorter than the legal minimum.
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Kyrgyz Migrant To Sue Moscow Police Over Raid

In an unusual case, a Kyrgyz migrant laborer is preparing legal action against the Russian police officers who raided her apartment.
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Russian Company Wins Disputed Kyrgyz Gold-Mine Tender

A Russian company has won a tender for the rights to develop Jerui, Kyrgyzstan's second-largest gold deposit, leading to criticisms that the deal goes against the Central Asian country's interests.
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Uzbek Official Charged With Corruption

The Uzbek official responsible for confiscating the assets of disgraced presidential daughter Gulnara Karimova has been charged with corruption and abuse of office.
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Tajik Workers At Russian Base Fired

Seventeen civilian support staff at a Russian military base in southern Tajikistan say they've been fired after protesting about unpaid wages.
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Central Asian Cold Warrior Ruzi Nazar Dies In Turkey

Ruzi Nazar, who was born in the year of the Bolshevik Revolution and spent most of a long lifetime battling against Soviet domination of Central Asia, died in Turkey on April 30. He was 98.
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Tajiks Suspect Turk Of Recruiting For IS

Authorities in Tajikistan have detained a Turkish citizen of Afghan origin on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
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Tajikistan Jails 10 As Members Of Banned Islamic Group

A court in the Sughd region of northern Tajikistan has sentenced 10 local men to 8 1/2 years in jail each after convicting them of being members of a banned Islamic group.
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