Thursday, October 23, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Life Sentence For Bakiev's Son

The son of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for embezzling millions of dollars of state funds.
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Kyrgyz Politician Detained On Drug Charges

Kyrgyz authorities say they have detained a political party leader who is suspected of trafficking illegal drugs.
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Tajik Border Official Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

A high-ranking border services officer has reportedly been arrested in Tajikistan in connection with drug trafficking.
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Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.”
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Tajikistan To Pardon 10,000 Prisoners

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has submitted to the parliament a draft law on amnesty granting freedom for some 10,000 prisoners.
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Tajik Islamists 'Plotted Attacks'

Police in Tajikistan have reportedly arrested 20 alleged Islamist militants for plotting to blow up two road tunnels.
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Antigay Group Breaks Up Bishkek Dance Gig

A group calling itself "Kalys," Kyrgyz for "arbitrator," has disrupted a scheduled performance of the Ukrainian dance group "Kazaky" in Bishkek.
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U.S. Having 'Stern' Talks With Baku

A U.S. State Department official says the United States has engaged in "stern conversations" with Azerbaijani officials about crackdowns on rights organizations in the Caucasus country.
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Russian Security Chief Meets Rakhmon

A senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Tajikistan's president to discuss measures to improve security on the Central Asian nation's border with Afghanistan.
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Militant Leader Killed In North Afghanistan

A leader of the Jundullah militant group has reportedly been killed in northern Afghanistan
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