Tuesday, May 31, 2016


News and Features from Central Asia

Kyrgyz Officials Move To Confiscate House Of Jailed Ethnic Uzbek Activist

Kyrgyz officials are taking steps to seize a home belonging to Azimjan Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek political activist who was jailed in 2010 to the dismay of rights watchdogs following ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan.
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Activists Demand Immediate Release Of Kazakh Land-Law Protesters

Leading rights activists and journalists in Kazakhstan have called on the authorities to immediately release dozens of individuals arrested for taking part in or calling for unsanctioned mass protests against land privatization legislation.
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Kyrgyz Interior Minister Resigns

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Melis Turganbaev in a government shake-up.
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Tajik President's Daughter Elected To Parliament

Tajikistan’s Khovar news agency reports that Ozoda Rahmon -- the daughter of President Emomali Rahmon -- has been elected as a senator in the country’s upper chamber of parliament.
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No Rest For Controversy Over Costly Plans To Honor Prominent Kazakh Dead 

Ordinary Kazakhs can think of better ways to spend public money upon hearing about plans to house the graves of prominent citizens in a pricey pantheon.
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Kazakh Land Law Protesters Face Charges

Kazakh authorities say individuals recently arrested for taking part or calling for unsanctioned mass protests are facing charges of inciting ethnic discord and of attempting to seize power by force.
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Oil Prices Soar Over $50, First In 2016

The price of premium crude oil has surged over $50 a barrel for the first time this year in Asian trading, giving a boost to the economies of oil producers from Russia and Kazakhstan to Iran and Iraq.
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Kazakhstan Reduces Charges Against Chief Of Journalists' Union

Kazakh authorities have softened the charges against the head of the Kazakh Journalists Union and chairman of the National Press Club, a local media rights group says.
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Kazakh Minister Apologizes For Remarks About Kyrgyz

Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sports has apologized for his remarks about Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history, which have sparked resentment in the neighboring country.
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Bishkek City Court Upholds Sentence Of Kyrgyz Presidential Office's Ex-Chief

A court in Bishkek has upheld a prison sentence against the former head of Kyrgyzstan's presidential office, Daniar Narymbaev.
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