Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Jul. 26: The Tajik Interior Ministry received $1.4 million worth of gear and new facilities, including a forensic laboratory and police-training base, from the US to bolster it's fight against drug trafficking. The assistance, from the US State Department's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Assistance Program, was included in a larger $15 million effort forged in 2005 to aid Tajik law enforcement authorities with modernized computer hardware and equipment for local police. [RFE, 7/26]

Aug. 19: Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections were judged to have failed to conform to international standards. The Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) noted a lack of transparency and procedural problems at 40% of polling stations they monitored. President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party won every seat in the parliament. [Reuters, 8/19]

Aug. 20: Authorities in Kyrgyzstan announced that Muslim women were allowed to be photographed in headscarves for their passports, in a reversal of an earlier ban. The leader of a Kyrgyz Muslim women's NGO, Jamal Frontbek-kyzy, stated that 45,000 signatures had been collected in support of the new regulation. [RFE, 8/20]

Aug. 25: Twelve followers of the exiled Georgian opposition leader Igor Giorgadze were convicted in a Georgian court of trying to overthrow the government. None of the twelve defendants attended the trial because they maintained that it was politically motivated. All received eight and a half years in prison. [RFE, 8/25]

Sept. 4: Three Armenian and two Azerbaijani soldiers died after a firefight near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan. Ilgar Verdiyev, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, said the fighting occurred in the Azerbaijani districts of Fizuli and Agdam, both of which were occupied by Armenian forces beginning in 1993. [RFE, 9/5]

Sept. 14: A special commission of the Kyrgyz Parliament implicated President Kurmanbek Bakiev in the killing of six protesters in the southern district of Aksy in March 2002. The commission recommended that Bakiev, former President Askar Akaev, and the chairman of the Kyrgyz Supreme Court Kurmanbek Osmanov be stripped of their immunity and tried for their roles in the events that led to the deaths. …

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