Efforts are being made to produce high quality media content and raise the level of critical media consumption by representatives of civil society, decision-makers and ordinary citizens.
In addition to the film being paned by audience members and critics, airing the movie could have been construed as Kazakhstan's tacit approval of Russia's 2014 illegal annexation.
Russian media abroad try to highlight friendly ties with populations in Central Asia, but at home, they are busy inciting ethnic hatred and fear toward the same people.
The award-winning film is expected to screen this November in five US cities, including Los Angeles and New York, and could be shown in more cities based on demand.
Kazakh journalists sent a strong message to the Kremlin by awarding Telegram founder Pavel Durov for his efforts against state interference.
A Kremlin-backed website featuring a forged letter from Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry to the US ambassador to Uzbekistan again spotlights Russia's efforts to divide Washington and Tashkent.
Russia's plot to kill Arkady Babchenko is just the latest example of the Putin regime's ongoing campaign to intimidate and murder those who speak out against the Kremlin.
The €3.3 million project aims to increase media literacy and supports initiatives to prevent radicalisation in the region.
The raid on the two Russian media outlets in Ukraine coincides with the inauguration of a bridge connecting Russia with Crimea, which the Kremlin illegally annexed in 2014.
The sentiment reflects a global trend of rejecting Kremlin-backed information sources that have proven time and time again to be unreliable.