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 25: Former president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev was sentenced to life in prison in absentia, due to his residency in Belarus, for his role in the killing of protesters in the 2010 uprisings that ousted him from office. Nearly 100 people were killed and some 400 people were wounded in the 2010 protests and clashes for which the former president was tried. [RFE/RL, 7/25]

Aug. 4: Eighteen government troops from both Azerbaijan and Armenia were killed during fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, marking an escalation of tensions between the two countries. Both sides accused the other of breaking the cease-fire between them. The territory in question had been under the control of Armenian troops since the end of the Nagomo-Karabkh separatist war in 1994. [NYT, 8/4]

Aug. 6: President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan announced a major downsizing of the government, which would reduce the number of ministries from 17 to 12 and the number of state coimnittees from 54 to 30. The move was aimed at achieving a more effective government. Nazarbaev also announced the creation of a new energy ministry to counter the effects Kazakhstan experienced from lack of energy exports from Ukraine and the international sanctions against Russia. [RFE/RL, 8/6]

Aug. 8: The mysterious death of an Armenian citizen in Azerbaijani custody, Karen Petrosyan, who was detained on August 7 after wandering across the Azerbaijan border, sparked outrage in Armenia. Azerbaijani authorities accused Petrosyan of being an Armenian spy and stated that he died of heart failure the day after he was detained. …

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