Tuesday 6 June 2023
June 01, 2023
Two New York Lawyers Sentenced For Helping Asylum Seekers From Former Soviet Union Falsify Affidavits
Two New York lawyers, husband and wife Arthur Arcadian and Ilona Dzhamgarova, have been sentenced to six months and two years in prison, respectively, for assisting asylum seekers, mostly from the former Soviet Union, to prepare false affidavits and coaching their clients to lie under oath.
May 23, 2023
Fork It Over: Turkmen Teachers Accused Of Demanding Hot Lunches, Favors From Students During Graduation Exams
Turkmen high-school teachers are allegedly demanding their students provide money, food, and favors ahead of crucial graduation exams. And if the students don't comply, they fear, their chances of advancing to university could be ruined.
May 21, 2023
In New Crackdown, Turkmenistan Orders Young Men To Shave Their Beards, Prevents Bearded Men From Flying
Turkmen police have intensified a campaign against men's facial hair, forcibly shaving young men's beards and removing bearded men from international flights. Meanwhile, imams are telling their congregations that only retirement-age men should have a beard. No official explanation has been given.
May 19, 2023
Chinese, Central Asian Leaders Pledge Mutual Support As Beijing Pushes Closer Ties
Chinese President Xi Jinpin and leaders of the five Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have signed a declaration outlining their support for each other as Beijing looks to strengthen ties with its neighbors from the former Soviet Union.
May 18, 2023
Central Asian Leaders Converge In China As Xi Touts 'Enduring' Friendship
Five Central Asian have arrived in China's historic city of Xi'an for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping to seal pledges of "enduring" friendship, paving the way for a summit expected to result in a regional pact with Beijing.
May 17, 2023
Central Asian Migrants Flock To Mexico In Pursuit Of 'American Dream'
Thousands of Central Asians are entering the United States through Mexico in search of a better life. Several would-be migrants told RFE/RL they are not deterred by the arduous journey or by the new, tougher U.S. regulations aimed at curbing migrants.
May 12, 2023
Extended Absence Of Turkmenistan's 'National Leader' Sparks Speculation
A single appearance on state television in the last three weeks -- from Germany -- has renewed speculation surrounding the health of Turkmenistan’s recently anointed “national leader” -- former President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.
May 09, 2023
Central Asian Leaders Shun 'Reputational Costs' To Join Putin's Victory Day Parade
As of last week, Kyrgyz leader Sadyr Japarov was expected to be the only Central Asian representative at Moscow’s Victory Day parade. Belated confirmations from the region's other heads of state gave rise to theories of Kremlin pressure.