Sunday, September 21, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Russia Hands Over Kazakh In BTA Case

Russia's prosecutor-general has handed over Erlan Kosaev, a former official with Kazakhstan's BTA bank who is accused of involvement in an embezzlement scheme that cost the bank billions of dollars.
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Video Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage

Million is one of the top comedy acts in Uzbekistan, with sold-out performances and thousands of adoring fans. But the authorities have banned the troupe after it failed to clean up its act.
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Turkmenistan's Future Diplomats Complete OSCE Course

Sixty Turkmen students majoring in international relations and international law have completed training the OSCE hopes will help strengthen the Central Asian former Soviet republic's connections with the outside world.
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Tajik President: 200 Jihadists In Iraq, Syria

Tajikistan's president says some 200 Tajik nationals have joined Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
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Russian Police Arrest Alleged Smugglers Of Afghan Heroin

Russian police say they have seized more than 1,000 kilograms of Afghan-produced heroin and arrested more than 30 suspected drug traffickers in an operation targeting a criminal group with ties in Tajikistan.
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'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change.
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Photogallery Interview: Karimova House-Arrest Pics Show 'What Happens Every Day'

Locksley Ryan, Gulnara Karimova's London-based spokesman, discusses his recent release of photographs showing the Uzbek president's daughter under house arrest.
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Suspects in Slaying Of Tajik Reportedly Being Sent To Moscow

Relatives of a Tajik taxi driver allegedly slain by Russian soldiers in August near Dushanbe say they fear the attackers will never face justice.
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Uzbekistan's Energy, Utility Prices To Increase On October 1

Prices for electricity, natural gas, heating, and water are due to rise in Uzbekistan beginning on October 1.
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Spokesman Says Karimova Will Not Get Fair Hearing In Uzbekistan

A spokesman for Gulnara Karimova says the eldest daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov is prepared to face a fair trial but won't get one in Uzbekistan.
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