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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July 31: One of Uzbekistan's most prominent clerics, Imam Anvar Tursunov, was stabbed multiple times at his home in Tashkent, leaving him in critical condition. The motives behind the attack were not immediately clear. [RFE-RL, 8/4]

Aug. 2: Kyrgyzstan's President Kurmanbek Bakiev was inaugurated for a second term after a July 23 election whose legitimacy was disputed. Bakiev's opposition and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had criticized the voting procedures. [RFE-RL, 8/2]

Aug. 18: A Tajik education official announced that students in secular schools would be required to take a course on Islam. The introduction of "Knowledge of Islam" as mandatory coursework marked a first in Central Asia. [RFE-RL, 8/18, 8/31]

Georgia completed the process of withdrawing from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a regional group of former Soviet republics. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had announced his intention to withdraw from CIS a year earlier for its failure to prevent the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia. [RFERL, 8/17, 8/18]

Aug. 31: Tajikistan's security service reported that the nation's Supreme Court had sentenced four men to prison terms of between eight and 15 years for terrorism in the country's first trial of alleged al-Qa'ida members. [Reuters, 8/31]

Sept. 3: Yevgeny Zhovtis, a prominent Kazakh human rights activist, was sentenced to four years in jail for manslaughter. Zhovtis had struck and killed a man with his car in July - an incident that Zhovtis said was an accident. Rights groups and the United States criticized the procedure and outcome of the trial amidst increasing scrutiny of Kazakhstan's human rights record ahead of the country's chairmanship of the OSCE. …

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