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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.

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

Uzbekistani law enforcement agencies are using the internet to work more closely with citizens, moving away from a past image of 'repressive authority'.

The E-SUD system, supported by USAID and the UNDP, allows Uzbekistanis to more easily file court cases and reduces delays.

The move to electronic forms will create an independent database for criminal cases, speeding up the justice system and decreasing costs, officials say.

Authorities are keeping a close eye on a shadowy part of the internet that requires special software to access, making it an ideal platform for criminals of all sorts.

The UN is helping rehabilitate convicted extremists, observers say.

Officials and criminal justice scholars are discussing ways of protecting human rights as a means to preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.

Tajik authorities are concerned about new synthetic drugs, which are 'especially dangerous for youth', say specialists.

The new effort is part of the country's annual anti-drug Operation Kuknor, which is run in two phases, from May 20-August 30 and September 1-November 30.

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