Crime & Justice

Former Kazakh militants returning from Syria face long prison sentences

Two men who took part in fighting already have been given eight-year prison terms after returning home.

Kyrgyzstan begins hiring for new Bishkek police force in bid to fight corruption

Members of the new force will receive higher wages and be equipped with modern technology, including cars, communications equipment and computers.

Criminal law reform in Kazakhstan spurs decrease in prisoners

Kazakh authorities however have vowed to remain tough on terrorists and extremists.

New policy in Uzbekistan aims to help female ex-convicts

The new strategy involves programmes that help women who have committed crimes find work and reintegrate into society.

Kazakhstan seeks to ban anonymous online money transfers to fight drug trafficking

New legislation is in the works to prevent drug traffickers from using anonymous online payment methods.

Kazakhstan labels Kyrgyz religious group Yakyn Inkar as extremist

Adherents of Yakyn Inkar categorically deny the right of other religions to exist and predict an unavoidable conflict with them -- beliefs that fall under the definition of religious extremism.

Kazakhstan launches crime victims' compensation fund

Fund planners are hoping to raise more than 1 billion KZT ($2.9 million) each year made up in part from individuals convicted of criminal offences.

Rahmon offers condolences to families of tourists killed in attack

Four tourists, including two Americans, were killed in an attack Sunday in Khatlon Province, and were part of a seven-person bicycling tour group.

Deluded Kazakhs face harsh retribution for participating in Russian meddling

Any Kazakh citizen found to be involved in anti-Ukrainian separatist movements, or any other Russian-backed adventurism, will receive severe punishment in Kazakhstan, warn officials in Astana.

The deadly truth: risks of covering the Putin regime in Central Asia

A recently staged murder of a journalist in Ukraine has shown a spotlight on risks that journalists face in Central Asia when they cover Putin and his regime.

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