Thursday, January 29, 2015


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Customers shop at Crimean Farmstead, Russia's first specialized grocery which sells products from annexed Crimea, in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, in January 2015.

Russia Tumbles In Business Index

A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. More

Once Extremely Popular In U.S.S.R., Singer Roussos Dead At 68

World-renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos died in Athens at the age of 68. More

Uzbekistan Getting Hundreds Of U.S. Military Vehicles

The United States says it is giving 328 advanced military vehicles to Uzbekistan to be used for counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations. More

ICG Says Central Asian States Fueling Militant Threat, Not Fighting It

The Crisis Group (ICG) says the five Central Asian countries need to develop a credible, coordinated action plan to counter the threats posed by Islamic State militants and "growing radicalism" in the region. More

Karimov, Three Others Cleared For Uzbek Presidential Ballot

Electoral officials in Uzbekistan have cleared candidates from four political parties to run in a March 29 presidential election. More

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Kyrzbekistan: Far Away, But Oh-So Close

It's time to add a new travel destination to your bucket list in 2015 -- Kyrzbekistan. Born of a New York Times typo, the nonexistent Central Asian country has taken off with its own Twitter page, travel advice, and made up history, foreign relations, and culture. More

Central Asia And Afghanistan As The Drawdown Deadline Arrives

The deadline for the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan has arrived. Only about one-10th of the once 140,000-strong foreign force will be in Afghanistan in 2015 and that number will gradually decrease in the years to follow. More
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Features & Commentary

Russia's Foreign Legion Of Doubt

If Moscow is looking to its new foreign legion to help restore its Soviet-era military might, it has a bit of a minefield to clear first.
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'Whistle-Blower' Details Alleged Corruption By Western Telecoms In Uzbekistan

In detailed documents provided to Norway's trade ministry, an anonymous sender alleges a telecom was complicit in bribe payments to the family of Uzbek President Islam Karimov.
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Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

Hundreds of unresolved construction-worker deaths at the Sochi Winter Olympics still haunt Russia, as it begins massive building projects for the 2018 soccer World Cup.
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Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.
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Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.
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Five Things You Might Not Know About Alisher Usmanov

Russia's richest man is in the news for buying a Nobel Prize gold medal for millions of dollars -- and giving it back to the U.S. scientist who won it. Here are some other interesting things to know about billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
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In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.
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