Archives for January February March April 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Submit 2020-02-28 | Economy Economic stagnation in Russia prompts Central Asia to rethink priorities Russia's economic performance in 2019 turned out to be even worse than the government's less-than-rosy forecasts. 2020-02-27 | Terrorism Recent arrests highlight Uzbekistan's efforts to thwart extremist recruitment Extremist recruiters are continuing to target vulnerable young people online and through the Telegram messaging app, which is popular in Uzbekistan. 2020-02-26 | Health Tehran's truthfulness questioned as coronavirus outbreak spreads The numbers of infected that the regime are publicising do not add up, and the lack of transparency is putting the world at greater risk. 2020-02-25 | Terrorism Kazakh security forces thwarted two terror plots since beginning of year Security personnel have detained two groups of suspects accused of plotting to blow up public places. 2020-02-24 | Energy Turkmenistan shores up gas investment as TAPI construction continues Work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline is continuing despite the risks and the stanch opposition from Russia and Iran. 2020-02-24 | Health Russia spreads disinformation about coronavirus as fears grow worldwide Russian state media started pushing conspiracy theories about the cause of the virus, then operators of thousands of social media accounts began to spread the message the following day. 2020-02-21 | Terrorism Tajikistan to repatriate 500 citizens held in Syrian refugee camps More than 200 women and children are among the Tajiks held in Syria. Tajikistan joins other Central Asian countries in working to bring back their citizens from the Middle East. 2020-02-21 | Security Spy trial in Uzbekistan reflects country’s growing distance from Russia The ongoing trial of a political analyst and a number of military personnel for spying for Moscow is part of Uzbekistan's revamped principle of independence, say observers. 2020-02-20 | Economy Kazakhstan eyes protective measures as dissatisfaction with EEU grows Russia has used the economic bloc to implement protectionist policies, drawing the ire of Central Asian countries. 2020-02-19 | Human Rights Leaked documents show how China tracked and detained Kazakhs, Uighurs Chinese authorities noted the backgrounds, religious habits and relationships of targeted individuals, as well as various behaviours deemed 'problematic', such as abstaining from alcohol. 2020-02-18 | Terrorism Dushanbe aims to uncover secrets from extradited Tajik IS members The intended extradition of Tajik IS extremists imprisoned in the Middle East 'will untangle many threads and reveal secrets in IS's activities in the post-Soviet space', said one analyst. 2020-02-17 | Society Kyrgyz rights activists vow to fight 'criminal' Gazprom school transfer Gazprom acquired Kyrgyzstan's largest energy company for $1. It promised to build a school for low-income children, then asked for high tuition. Now it has seized the school for itself. 2020-02-14 | Security Kazakhstan to modernise armed forces' weaponry in defence-spending plan Defence Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev met with the Kazakh president to discuss plans for rationalising military expenditures. 2020-02-14 | Security Kremlin accused of ‘massacres’ in Syria as bombing displaces almost 800,000 Since December, Syrian government forces backed by Moscow have pressed a blistering assault against the country's northwest. 2020-02-13 | Media Facebook purges more accounts linked to Russian military intelligence The Russia-based network included 78 Facebook accounts and four on Instagram. Online 'troll factories' meanwhile have been ramping up their operations in Central Asia. 2020-02-13 | Security De-radicalisation of Kazakh extremists continues as repatriation effort ends Kazakhstan has completed Operation Jusan to return its citizens from Syria and Iraq. Now the long struggle begins. 2020-02-12 | Security Kazakh veterans train students on terrorism safety measures The training programme comes as the threat of terrorist attacks in the country remains elevated. 2020-02-11 | Terrorism Kyrgyzstan proposes stiffer punishment for citizens who fight abroad Amendments to the criminal code, if enacted, would lengthen prison sentences for those convicted of taking part in an armed conflict abroad or receiving terrorist training. 2020-02-10 | Diplomacy US strategy for Central Asia to focus on regional independence The United States seeks a Central Asia free from 'malign actors' and empowered to pursue economic opportunities that will benefit all citizens in the region. 2020-02-10 | Security Kazakh government works to restore calm in Zhambyl Province Authorities are sacking officials in the province and promising to compensate survivors after a deadly outbreak of ethnic violence. 2020-02-07 | Politics Kazakhstan rejects Russian proposal to expand EEU co-operation The Eurasian Economic Union's focus should remain purely economic, says Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin. The Kremlin, however, is anxious for more integration. 2020-02-06 | Society US, Turkmenistan advance co-operation in security, counterterrorism The two countries also are seeking to work more closely on major energy-related investment projects and achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan. 2020-02-06 | Health Ural Airlines refuses to board Central Asians fleeing coronavirus epidemic Russian authorities ordered the airline to only evacuate Russian citizens fleeing the deadly virus, then changed policy to only help those from countries part of its economic union. 2020-02-05 | Religion Russian Orthodox Church considers dropping practice of blessing nuclear weapons Blessing weapons that can inflict countless deaths is no longer a good idea, deemed church officials. 2020-02-05 | Terrorism Hostility in Russia seen as key factor in radicalisation of migrant workers Harsh treatment and racism in Russia alienate Central Asian migrant workers doing jobs that Russians refuse to do, and some turns toward extremism for refuge. 2020-02-04 | Security Uzbekistan completes demining of border with Tajikistan, say officials The clearing of antipersonnel mines on the border is reflective of the growing trust between the two neighbours. 2020-02-04 | Refugees Kremlin-backed violence displaces over half a million in Syria Weeks of intensive aerial bombardment and a bruising ground offensive have emptied entire towns. The vast majority –- 80% -- of the displaced are women and children. 2020-02-03 | Diplomacy Pompeo stresses close ties with Central Asia during regional trip The US Secretary of State also emphasised that Central Asian be sovereign and independent, and push back against Russia and China's attempts at economic and military domination.