Chronology-Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Chronology-Central Asia and the Caucasus


See also Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan

Jan. 29: The Kyrgyz and Tajik foreign ministers met in Bishkek to discuss the border dispute between them that led to a shoot-out on January 8. The leaders agreed to withdraw additional troops from the region that they had brought in as hostilities intensified. They also agreed to expedite the process of formally redrawing the border. [RFE/RL, 1/29, 1/31]

Feb. 4: A series of self-immolations occurred in Azerbaijan from late-December to February 4. Several of the acts were protests by veterans who were unhappy with their treatment by the state. [RFE/RL, 2/4]

Feb. 11: Kazakhstan's central bank devalued the country's currency, the tenge, by 19% to counter the effects of the US's quantitative easing financial policies and a shaky international market. The move caused a run on banks in Kazakhstan, and financial analysts criticized the scale of the devaluation. [Reuters, 2/11]

The deputy defense minister of Ka- zakhstan, Bagdat Maykeev, was arrested on charges that he accepted $1.5 million in bribes. [RFE/RL, 2/12]

Feb. 17: Former Georgian prime minister Ivane Merabishvili was sentenced to five years in prison for public corruption and for ordering violent crackdowns on political protests. Merabishvili was a close ally of former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, who left the country after his party, the United National Movement, lost the election in 2012. At least ten other high-ranking officials in Saakashvili's government had already been prosecuted on similar charges. [NYT, 2/17]

Feb. 20: Russian and Kyrgyz officials reached an agreement that would cede control of Manas International Airport, 16 miles northwest of Bishkek, to Russia. The Russian oil company Rosneft expressed its willingness to implement $1 billion of upgrades to the facility. Manas was one of the main transit centers for NATO forces during their Afghan campaign. [RFE/RL, 2/20]

Feb 26: Taliban fighters killed three Turkmen border guards in a clash along the Afghan-Turkmen border. The incident was the latest in a string of firefights between Turkmen authorities and Taliban fighters based in Afghanistan. …

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