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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Oct. 21: Voters in Kyrgyzstan approved constitutional changes in a national referendum which international monitoring groups claimed was tainted by ballot stuffing. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said the changes would give the Kyrgyz people more power. The opposition countered that the changes would strengthen the President's position. [BBC, 10/23]

Oct. 23: The Tajik government outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses and two other Christian groups from proselytizing inside Tajikistan. The government said that the groups had excessively propagandized and criticized other religions, which was a violation of Tajik law. [RFE, 10/23]

Oct. 24: Uzbek journalist Alisher Saipov was killed by unidentified gunmen near his home in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Saipov was a critic of Uzbekistan's President, Islam Karimov, which led to speculation that Uzbek security forces were behind his murder. [BBC, 10/27]

Oct. 30: Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani newspaper editor, was sentenced by Azerbaijan's Court for Serious Crimes to eight and a half years in prison. He was convicted on charges of threatening terrorism, fomenting ethnic or religious hatred, and tax evasion. A number of international NGOs criticized Azerbaijan for its court's decision. [RFE, 10/30]

Nov. 9: Azerbaijani security forces detained Kyamran Asadov and Farid Dzhabbarov for plotting to attack the American Embassy in Baku. The two detainees were shown on Azerbaijani television later in the day confessing to the crime. Two groups of militants - one of which included a foreign al-Qa'ida militant - were previously arrested for the roles they played in the same plot. …

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