Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

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July 26: A natural gas explosion in Leninisk, Kazakhstan, killed five people, wounded four, and left twenty-seven people missing. [7/27 FT]

Aug. 19: Two hundred and fifty alleged Islamist guerrillas crossed from Afghanistan into Tajikistan and attacked Russian troops guarding the border. Seventeen Russians and fifty guerrillas were killed, and fourteen Russians were wounded. [8/20 WP, NYT]

Aug. 23: Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov were scheduled to sign an agreement to build a $7 billion pipeline to carry Turkmenistan's gas via Iran and Turkey to Europe. [8/24 FT]

Sept. 1: Vassilya Inoyatova, leader of the Birlik opposition group in Uzbekistan, was charged with anti-state activities. [9/2 FT]

Sept. 5: The cabinet of Kyrgyzstan resigned, saying that the government had become paralyzed by a stalemate between reformists and conservatives in the parliament. President Askar Akayeu ordered new parliamentary elections by February 1995. [9/6 FT]

Sept. 6: In Uzbekistan, bread and flour prices tripled as the government attempted to meet International Monetary Fund standards in order to receive its backing for the Uzbek currency, the som. [9/6 FT]

Sept. 7: The parliament of Tajikistan voted to delay the planned 25 September elections until 6 November in order to give opposition party members representation. [9/8 FT]

Sept. 8: In Moscow, Azerbaijan's president Haydar Aliyev and Armenia's president Levon Ter-Petrosian met to negotiate an end to the Nagomo-Karabakh conflict. No agreement was reached. [9/9 FT]

Kyrgyzstan's president Akayev signed a decree enabling foreign investors to repatriate profits in hard currency instead of only in goods made or purchased in the former Soviet Union as previously required, and abolished a 5 percent withholding tax on dividends on foreign companies. [9/9 WSJ]

Sept. 13: Several government ministries based in the Kazakhstan capital of Alma Ata announced their plan to relocate more centrally, 1,000 kilometers to the north in Akhmola, where President Nursultan Nazarbayev wanted to seat the capital. [9/14 T]

Sept. 16: A land mine killed four Russian border guards and wounded four people in Tajikistan. …

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