Russia's fast-track citizenship for separatists: a wake-up call for Central Asia

Moscow could invoke the pretext of protecting Russian citizens in foreign countries to invade more ex-Soviet states.

In split from Russia, Uzbekistan promotes its own symbol to celebrate WWII victory

Uzbekistan is encouraging the Ribbon of Glory as its own symbol of victory in World War II instead of using Russia's St. George's Ribbon.

Kazakhstan begins adjusting to post-Nazarbayev era

Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his daughter will remain prominent in Kazakh politics, and the capital Astana is being renamed 'Nursultan' after the former president.

Independence of Central Asia continues as Kazakhstan strips new currency of Russian

Kazakhstan has approved a currency redesign including symbols of the country's national and cultural identity. Russia says it has taken notice.

Central Asian states move forward with shift to Latin alphabet

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all raised the status of their nation's languages after independence, and now there is major movement toward the Latin alphabet.

Russia continues disinformation campaign, deems Syrian saviours 'terrorists'

Using similar tactics to those seen in Central Asia, Moscow is attempting to achieve its aims by spreading false information.

Russia, Iran set for inevitable collision in Syria

Both countries are seeking to establish a long-term presence in Syria to further their own economic and political interests.

Mirziyoyev continues reform of national security agency

Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has sacked Rustam Inoyatov, chief of the National Security Service.

Military 'agreements' in Central Asia highlight Kremlin's malign influence

The Kremlin has often used military aid as a means of exercising influence, with the goal of keeping countries -- in particular those in Central Asia -- dependent on Russia.

Mirziyoyev seeks to reform Uzbekistan's powerful intelligence agency

The move aims to 'decentralise power in Uzbekistan', analysts say.

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