Sunday, March 01, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Video Voting Irregularities Documented In Tajik Elections

Apparent voting irregularities have been documented by RFE/RL as Tajikistan holds parliamentary elections.
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Tajikistan To Hold Elections After Invisible Campaign

Parliamentary polls will be held in Tajikistan on March 1 following an election campaign that international monitors said was "not visible."
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Autopsy In Austria Finds Drugs In Rakhat Aliev's Body

Austrian prosecutors say drugs have been found in the blood samples of Rakhat Aliev -- former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
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Minsk Slams Atambaev's Bakiev Comments

The Belarusian foreign ministry harshly reacted to the statement by Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev regarding his predecessor Kurmanbek Bakiev.
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Duma Speaker Calls For India's Full Membership In SCO

The speaker of Russia's State Duma says the Kremlin wants India to become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this year.
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Protesters Rally In Front Of U.S. Embassy In Bishkek

Some 30 representatives of Kyrgyzstan's Communist Party and the Russian World Foundation picketed the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, protesting appointment of Richard Miles as the interim Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Kyrgyz capital.
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Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days.
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Almaty Court Upholds Kazakh Journal Closure

A court in Kazakhstan has rejected journalist Gulzhan Erghalieva's challenge against closure of her magazine, upholding a ruling ordering Adam Bol (Be a Human) to shut down.
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Kazakh Ruling Party To Convene Ahead Of Presidential Poll

Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party will hold a congress on March 11, weeks ahead of an early election that is expected to prolong President Nursultan Nazarbaev's rule.
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Kyrgyz Request To Extradite Bakievs

The leader of Kyrgyzstan has strongly urged Belarus to extradite former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev and his brother Janysh Bakiev, calling his predecessor's family "monsters" and "cannibalistic" killers.
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