28 march 2015

Central Asia news

Murder in Istanbul: Political terror effective in CIS

Murder in Istanbul: Political terror effective in CIS

08.03.2015 11:28 msk Analytics Human Rights Politics Central Asia Russia Tajikistan Turkey, Republic of

The killing of Tajik oppositionist Umarali Kuvvatov in Istanbul, Turkey, appears to be an extreme end of political terror against the opponents of the ruling regime in Tajikistan. Obviously Dushanbe will scramble to steer clear of the murder, claiming the late Mr. Kuvvatov’s death does not benefit the authorities there because it would actually be to its detriment. They have an example in Moscow to follow in this regard—the Kremlin made a similar statement after the late Mr. Nemtsov’s assassination a week ago.

Kyrgyzstan in the European Economic Union despite all doubts

Kyrgyzstan in the European Economic Union despite all doubts

25.12.2014 13:40 msk Analytics Business Politics Central Asia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Russia

On 23 Dec 2014, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a document, which brought his country into the fold of the European Economic Union Treaty. Talks on the conditions of Kyrgyzstan’s joining the union lasted literally until the very last hour. A source in the Kyrgyz foreign ministry told Fergana about how this happened and what was achieved.

Sergey Abashin: “The Soviet Village: Between Colonialism and Modernism”

Sergey Abashin: “The Soviet Village: Between Colonialism and Modernism”

17.12.2014 00:33 msk Books Interview Central Asia Russia Tajikistan Uzbekistan

The latest research into Central Asia by Sergey Abashin, a professor at the European University in Sankt-Peterburg, has recently been published as a book. The study in question researches into the history of transformation of Central Asia between late 19th century and the collapse of the Soviet Union in early 1990s. The century-long episode of history is related via a description of life in a village that has undergone conquest, repressions, rapid economic growth and cultural modernization. The book (in Russian) includes many documents and oral narrations that shed light on the conquest of the region, the establishment of first colonial and later Soviet rule, the fight against basmachis, collectivization and cotton-based economy, medicine and Islam, mahalla-centric communities and marriage strategies. The author of the book uses theories of post-colonialism, cultural hybridity, the Soviet subjectivity to analyze the collected material. The tools employed help him explain the contradicting nature of public relations in the Russian Empire and the former USSR.

Believe not, fear not and ask not: Russia “disowns” Turkmen opposition figure

Believe not, fear not and ask not: Russia “disowns” Turkmen opposition figure

25.11.2014 23:05 msk Human Rights Politics Russia Turkmenistan

On 31 October 2014, the Presnenskiy District Court in Moscow dismissed the complaint lodged by Tatyana Shikhmuradova, the wife of Boris Sikhmuradov who is imprisoned for life in Turkmenistan. Mrs. Shikhmuradova lodged a lawsuit against the foreign affairs ministry of Russia, which has applied no effort over the last 12 years to find out about her husband’s fate. The most shocking event for Mrs. Shikhmuradova at the court was the foreign ministry representative’s claim that Mr. Shikhmuradov is not a citizen of Russia.

Is Central Asia afraid of ISIS?

Is Central Asia afraid of ISIS?

12.11.2014 17:57 msk Analytics Politics Religious life Interview Central Asia Afghanistan China Iran Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Pakistan Russia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan

Several weeks ago ISIS (also known as ISIL and Islamic State) forces reached Turkey’s borders, destroying all ‘infidels’ in their path, by which they mean both Christians and Muslims belonging to other branches of Islam. Support for ISIS has also extended beyond its region: Afghan and Pakistani members of the Taliban have already begun to swear allegiance to this new radical Islamist movement. Specialists in politics and international relations, regional specialists, politicians and informed observers were asked what they think about the subject.

Carnegie Moscow presents Russo-Turkish cooperation in “turbulent neighborhood” report

Carnegie Moscow presents Russo-Turkish cooperation in “turbulent neighborhood” report

24.10.2014 13:41 msk Analytics Politics Central Asia Afghanistan China Iran Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Pakistan Russia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan

Carnegie Moscow Center presented the “Exploring the Prospects of Russian-Turkish Cooperation in a Turbulent Neighborhood” report compiled by the Carnegie Center and the Global Relations Forum (GRF) in Istanbul. The two organizations established a Working Group dedicated to exploring the potential for regional cooperation between Turkey and Russia under the leadership of Memduh Karakullukchu, vice chairman and president, Global Relations Forum (GRF), and Dmitri Trenin, director, Carnegie Moscow Center.

Recep Erdogan’s “Crimea dilemma”

Recep Erdogan’s “Crimea dilemma”

19.09.2014 10:23 msk Analytics Politics Russia Turkey, Republic of

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, in which it refused to accept the outcomes of elections in Crimea, which took place on September 14 of this year. There is nothing unexpected in the move, because the same statement sheds light on Turkey’s well-known principle position concerning the “Crimean issue”: “Turkey does not recognize the illegal inclusion of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea [by the Russian Federation]. In this connection, our country finds the September 14 elections invalid.” Such statements, which conform to the position of the majority among the international community, have regularly been voiced from Ankara. The contrary would be surprising actually.

Speak Up for success

Speak Up for success

09.07.2014 23:47 msk Business Central Asia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Russia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan

Speak Up is part of the largest language school network in Poland, which belongs to the international capital group Empik Media & Fashion. In 2012 revenues of the Group were about PLN 3.2 billion (over 1 trillion USD). The language school division is represented by Learning System Group (LSG) which operates 115 schools with more than 100.000 students. LSG is the leader in teaching foreign languages in Central and Eastern Europe. Being listed in Warsaw Stock Exchange since 1997, EMF has become one of the leading distributors of language courses, media, clothing, cosmetics and children’s products in Central Europe. It includes well-known brands as Hugo Boss, River Island and Esprit. Our school has been recognized in the prestigious Book of Lists 2012 , taking first place in the category of number of students and offer. Speak Up specializes in teaching English to adults using a unique method that combines the most modern multimedia tools with classes conducted by highly qualified instructors. There are Speak Up schools all over Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.

IT break, or Why Migrants Need Internet

IT break, or Why Migrants Need Internet

19.01.2014 11:15 msk Human Rights Migration Internet Russia Uzbekistan

The Sankt-Peterburg Center for Independent Sociological Research issued a report on communicative strategies and information resources, which Uzbek migrants in Russia mostly use. The report is entitled “Uzbek Migrants in Russia: Information Space and Social Communications” and is based on a research held between August 2011 and February 2012. The research in question was held in three Russian cities—Sankt-Peterburg, Pskov, and Kazan, and in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. A total of 46 migrants were interviewed (13 in Kazan, 12 in Pskov, nine in Sankt-Peterburg, and 12 in Samarkand) and editors of three mass media outlets targeting migrants from Central Asia were interviewed.

Uzbekistan: Want to marry? See a doctor!

Uzbekistan: Want to marry? See a doctor!

25.07.2013 22:16 msk Human Rights Migration Russia Uzbekistan

As is well known, young and able-bodied men from Uzbekistan travel to Russia seeking employment en mass every year. Their absence in the country has somewhat impacted ceremonies of one of the most traditional Uzbek rituals—weddings. For example, for the last several years, young couples willing to join hands and hearts are obliged to pass a thorough medical examination: an HIV test, an examination by a psychiatrist, a drug test, and get a chest X-Ray. If in 2009 and since, many chose to simply bribe doctors for “good results” in order to quickly register the marriage, nowadays, many brides and grooms are serious about these issues and treat a medical examination as an insurance against potential future problems. Brides’ relatives are especially prone to insisting on a medical test of future grooms.

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

24.06.2013 23:35 msk Analytics Business Politics Migration Interview Russia Uzbekistan

Uzbek President Islam Karimov called the Uzbek labor migrants engaged in sweeping streets in Moscow “lazybones” and “street beggars.” Perhaps, President Karimov’s words were addressed for the local audience, for “local consumption” so to speak. The online media outlets in Uzbekistan appeared embarrassed for their leader’s harsh and strange claims having decided not to reprint his statements. The part about “lazybones” would not have made its way into the “foreign consumption” copy of the interview if not for vigilant foreign news agencies.

Kyrgyz state communications agency chief allows unblocking Fergana access

Kyrgyz state communications agency chief allows unblocking Fergana access

29.03.2013 11:15 msk Politics Internet Kyrgyzstan Russia

The head of the State Communications Agency (SCA) of Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Almaz Kadyrkulov, told the Vecherniy Bishkek newspaper that local ISPs “have the right” to unblock access to the Fergana news agency’s website: “[Communications] operators have the right to unblock [access to] the website, and I don’t care at all.” Mr. Kadyrkulov said these words after a local court ruled to stop hearings on blocked access due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

Traveling back into history: Bukharan Emirs establish and build the Grand Mosque of Saint Petersburg

Traveling back into history: Bukharan Emirs establish and build the Grand Mosque of Saint Petersburg

20.02.2013 12:27 msk Russia Uzbekistan

On 21 February 1913, the first Islamic prayer was performed in the Grand Mosque in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Then-the only mosque in Russia’s northern capital was solemnly opened for public the next day. The mosque was built in the Samarkand style of the Tamerlane times’ architecture and it is very well known throughout Russia. A lot of information is available on it online, and particularly on the website of the Saint-Petersburg Spiritual Affairs Directorate. However, two emirs from Bukhara, who were directly involved in the mosque establishment and construction, are rarely heard of. Why “two emirs?” Because Emir Said Abdul Akhad Khan, who ruled between 1885 and 1910, initiated the construction of the mosque in 1910, and it was completed and opened by his son, Said Mir Muhammad Alim Khan, the last Bukharan Emir who ruled until being toppled by the Bolsheviks in 1920. We wish to convey the stories of these two emirs.

Uzbekistan 2012: Resume and forecast. Part II: Farewell, MTS!

Uzbekistan 2012: Resume and forecast. Part II: Farewell, MTS!

25.01.2013 22:49 msk Business Russia Uzbekistan

Fergana continues publishing review articles on 2012 outcomes in Uzbekistan. The first article was on the cooling of political ties with Russia and its political bloc, which was one of the most discussed topics last year. The second article will cover a scandal related to booting MTS from Uzbekistan: how it happened, what MTS’ competitors did about it, and its impact on common citizens’ lives, economy and the overall cellular communications market.

Uzbekistan 2012: Resume and forecast. Part I

Uzbekistan 2012: Resume and forecast. Part I

24.01.2013 23:43 msk Analytics Politics Russia Uzbekistan

On 18 January 2013, Uzbek President Islam Karimov chaired a special session on results and outcomes in 2012. The government followed the routine of reporting successes and achievements, which pleased the president, Uzbek mass media reported. Islam Karimov has, too, delivered a speech. In it, he indicated “persistent serious problems in the global economy,” UzA news agency quotes him as saying, all the while Uzbekistan’s economy continued “rising in a steady tempo” and “the population’s living standards steadily grew and the country’s position in the global market has further consolidated.” It is surprising that the head of Uzbek state chose to ignore some of very important events of 2012: ceasing its membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), liquidating the Russian MTS (Uzdunrobita) cellular communications company in Uzbekistan, scandals around foreign bank accounts held by influential Uzbek officials, the massive scale cotton-picking campaign, the collapse of the energy industry, and power-wielders’ raids in retail markets. For foreign analysts and military experts, cooling political relationships with Russia and the military block under her patronage were one of the most discussed topics in 2012. The Fergana contributor Mr. Maksim Beylis starts a series of analytical articles with this topic.

Other news

Media headlines

International Business Times Uzbekistan elections: Why Islam Karimov is the unbeatable candidate, 28.03.2015

Diplomat Tough Outlook for Central Asian Economies, 26.03.2015

The National The long read: why Russia will see off China in Central Asia’s new great game, 26.03.2015

BBC Why Islam Karimov will win Uzbekistan's elections, 24.03.2015

OCCRP The Prodigal Daughter, 23.03.2015

New York Times Afghan First Vice President, an Ex-Warlord, Fumes on the Sidelines, 21.03.2015

Khaama Dozens of Uzbek fighters living with families in Faryab, 10.03.2015

BBC Five ways to stay in power in Central Asia, 10.03.2015

NHC NHC condemns murder of Tajik opposition leader, 09.03.2015

Al Jazeera Journalists decry lack of press freedom in Turkey, 09.03.2015

Forbes Islamic Extremism In Central Asia: Witch Hunt Or Genuine Threat?, 28.02.2015

Carnegie.Ru Why Did Nazarbayev Suddenly Call for Early Elections?, 26.02.2015

OSCE OSCE convenes first workshop in Central Asia on countering phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, 26.02.2015

AP 3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State Group, 25.02.2015

openDemocracy Economic dystopia in Kyrgyzstan, 12.02.2015

Silk Road Reporters Tajikistan, frontline state against resurgent Taliban, 09.02.2015

Eurasianet Uzbekistan Bullish on Economy – But Do Numbers Add Up?, 03.02.2015

Long War Journal Pakistani Taliban emir for Bajaur joins Islamic State, 03.02.2015

WB Taking STEPs to Improve Employment Outcomes in Uzbekistan, 03.02.2015

Eurasianet Uzbekistan: With Gulnara on Sidelines, How Will Football Fare?, 29.01.2015

The Economist The Turkish prime minister rejects charges of being soft on the Islamic State and authoritarian at home, 24.01.2015

The Independent War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister, 22.01.2015

The Guardian Russia’s rouble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances, 19.01.2015

The Diplomat ISIS Looks for Foothold in Central Asia, 19.01.2015

Eurasianet Central Asian States Still Cagey Bookkeepers, Says Washington, 16.01.2015

The Guardian How much do you know about ‘the Stans’ of central Asia? – quiz, 15.01.2015

HRW Tajikistan: Human Rights Lawyer Imprisoned, 14.01.2015

BBC Islamic State 'recruiting Afghan fighters', 13.01.2015

Eurasianet Uzbekistan: March Presidential Vote to Be One-Horse Race?, 12.01.2015

Foreign Policy "Islamic State": Women and Children for Sale, 11.01.2015

Bloomberg Kyrzbekistan Isn't Funny, 10.01.2015

Al Jazeera Torture and death for Uzbek Muslims in jail, 07.01.2015

The Diplomat Some Rare Good News for Central Asia, 07.01.2015

KTVB Prosecutors: Boise terrorism suspect wanted to target military base, 06.01.2015

NYT` Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage, 05.01.2015

The Long War Journal Taliban video highlights training camp, operations in Kunar, 03.01.2015

The Express Tribune Existential threat: The turning point in the fight against terrorism, 03.01.2015

Hurriyet Armed assailant detained near Turkish PM’s office in Istanbul, 01.01.2015

Khaama Press A threat to higher education in Afghanistan is the “Talibanization” of Nangarhar University, 28.12.2014

Al Arabiya Teen whose skull was broken by Turkey police canister gets jail term, 27.12.2014

Eurasianet Uzbekistan: Ruble’s Rout Breeds Uncertainty for Central Asian Migrants, 24.12.2014

The New York Times Taliban Push Into Afghan Districts That U.S. Had Secured, 23.12.2014

Long War Journal Taliban publicize training camp in northern Afghanistan, 22.12.2014

Al Jazeera The Girls of the Taliban, 21.12.2014

OpenDemocracy The cost of digital silence in Turkey: 40 million euros, 20.12.2014

Cihan What next for Turkey?, 20.12.2014

The Diplomat Central Asia’s Hydropower Spat, 20.12.2014

Press TV Turkish people gather in Istanbul to protest media crackdown, 19.12.2014

CNN ISIS: From beheading to hacking, 19.12.2014

Today's Zaman Citizens across country protest media oppression and detention of journalists, 18.12.2014

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