Friday, December 19, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.
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OSCE Helps Turkmenistan Enhance Security At Airports

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has presented a two-day training seminar in Turkmenistan aimed at improving the country's airport security and border controls.
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Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.
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Afghan Villagers Threaten To Attack Turkmenistan

Villagers in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province claim Turkmenistan is stealing their agricultural land and are threatening to attack Turkmen border guards
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Kazakh National Bank Raises Interest Rate

The National Bank of Kazakhstan (QUB) has raised the interest rate for commercial banks from 2.75 percent to 3.05 percent.
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Embattled Kazakh Lawyer Released From Psychiatric Clinic

Kazakh lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly put into a psychiatric clinic, has been released from the institution.
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Kyrgyzstan Shuts Down Jihadist Website

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have closed down the website Kloop.kz for posting a video that showed Kazakh children who were living in areas in Syria under the control of the Islamic State militant group
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Nazarbaev Calls On Kazakhs To Defend Independence, Unity

President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called on citizens to defend Kazakhstan's independence and laid out plans for a new celebration of the Central Asian country's history.
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Kazakh Gets Prison Term For Fighting In Ukraine

The Sary-Arqa District Court in the Kazakh capital found Yevgeny Vdovenko guilty of intentional and illegal participation in a military conflict abroad after he fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Medvedev, Abdullah Meet In Astana

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan counterpart Abdullah Abdullah held talks on the sidelines of a gathering of prime ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana, on December 15.
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