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Military drills in Tajikistan expose Kremlin's worry over waning influence

Military drills in Tajikistan expose Kremlin's worry over waning influence

The latest drills were ostensibly to prepare for militant attacks emanating from Afghanistan, but many see the maneuvers as an expression of Russia's reluctance to allow others into its 'backyard'.

Russia shirks reconstruction costs in Syria, asks Central Asian countries to pay up

Russia shirks reconstruction costs in Syria, asks Central Asian countries to pay up

In contrast, the United States has provided $7.7 billion in aid for Syria and Syrians displaced throughout the region.

In photos: Astana hosts KADEX-2018 international arms show

In photos: Astana hosts KADEX-2018 international arms show

Attendees included 40 government delegations and 318 international defence contractors.

Kyrgyzstan blocks SoundCloud for being 'extremist', users denounce move

Kyrgyzstan blocks SoundCloud for being 'extremist', users denounce move

The move is part of the country's efforts to fight extremism online, say officials and observers, though some users are pushing back against the broad ban.

Rahmon-Votel meeting highlights Tajikistan's key role in Central Asia

Rahmon-Votel meeting highlights Tajikistan's key role in Central Asia

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of US Central Command, praised Tajik authorities for their work on border security and their commitment to regional stability, both of which are important for the development of Central Asia.

Why is Russia building up its military presence in Central Asia?

Why is Russia building up its military presence in Central Asia?

Moscow is using the threat of terrorism as a pretext for building up its presence in Central Asia, but the reality may be more self-serving, analysts say.

Uzbekistani law enforcement officers receive special training from FBI

Uzbekistani law enforcement officers receive special training from FBI

The one-week course focused on developing skills 'needed to locate and collect evidence, reconstruct a device and leverage international co-operation' in post-blast investigations.

Kazakhstan sets mobile phone registration deadline for end of year

Kazakhstan sets mobile phone registration deadline for end of year

Every citizen in Kazakhstan is required to provide his or her personal data to mobile phone carriers by December 31.

Burgeoning Russia-Iran alliance inflames sectarian tensions across Muslim world

Burgeoning Russia-Iran alliance inflames sectarian tensions across Muslim world

The Kremlin is backing Tehran's sectarian agenda in an attempt to claw its way back into relevancy in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Astana is seeing a potential threat from the Kremlin to its territorial integrity and is betting on more reliable partners in the West, Kazakhstani observers say.

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