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Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling of neighboring Kazakhstan in its upcoming presidential election.   On September 19, the office of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced he had met for...
The management of educational affairs in the town of Zhanaozen, in western Kazakhstan, plans to sue the parents of 60 pupils. Girls are unable to attend classes because they wear Islamic dress in violation of the school rules, RFE/RL’s Kazakhstan...
Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan. Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tajikistan spoke in an interview last week of his satisfaction at successfully pursuing diplomatic overtures that culminated with the “expulsion of Iran and its...
The director of an airport in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains was killed on September 13 after being blown off his feet by the downwash from a helicopter carrying the country’s president. A source in the Interior Ministry told EurasiaNet.org that...
At the start of August, the leaders of three political parties in Kyrgyzstan announced they were joining forces and putting forward a single candidate for the October 15 presidential election. Bakyt Torobayev of the Onuguu-Progress party, Adakhan...
Tajikistan has declined to despatch an official delegation to attend this year’s annual rights conference in Poland held by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, thereby spurning an event heavily attended instead by the exiled...
Kyrgyzstan and its largest foreign commercial investor, Centerra Gold, claim to have buried more than half a decade of uncertainty with a deal the government signed right in time for the October 15 presidential election.  On September 11, the...
A military court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a former head of the nation’s security services to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges of divulging state secrets. The sentence was handed down to Nartay Dutbayev by the Akmola garrison military...
A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced the editor of an independent newspaper to three years of limited freedom for purportedly using his publication to launder money. The judge at Almaty’s Medeu district court also ruled on September 7 that Zhanbolat...
Security services in Kyrgyzstan have filed criminal charges against a veteran politician known best for his active role in fomenting two successful antigovernment revolts, a feat that has earned him the nickname “revolution bulldozer.” Azimbek...