Another leader of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party has been charged with corruption, rferl.org reports. The State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on March 27 that lawmaker Almambet Shykmamatov is suspected of fraud while serving as an auditor at the State Accounting Chamber in 2011.
On Monday, both Russia and the United States began separate military training drills with Tajik forces.
Interesting: During a recent episode of the Oi Ordo talk show titled ‘Freedom of Speech or Slander?’, moderator Maxim Poletayev regularly interrupted independent media experts offering their opinion on the situation regarding press freedoms in Kyrgyzstan, while listening dutifully to the government's own representative on the show.
The Turkmen-Qatar high-level talks were held in Doha on March 15, as Turkmen leader had a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, during which a number of issues of mutual interest were discussed, azernews reported.
Turkmenistan is interested in discussing the issues related to the participation of Qatar’s big financial and investment structures in the implementation of transnational Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The report ranked Azerbaijan first and Kazakhstan second, giving Uzbekistan the third position. Next in line were Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has been engulfed in numerous scandals for over a decade now. Current Mufti Maksat azhi Toktomushev, for instance, recently has been accused of not having proper education to be chief Mufti and has been appointed thanks to his powerful connections with high officials, using intimidation and pressure.
The Syrian armed opposition boycotted the third round of talks in the Kazakhstani capital Astana, on Wednesday, March 15, arguing that one of the organizers – Russia, failed to maintain the ceasefire.
AKIPRESS.COM - Tajik authorities say a blast near a military court in the country’s south has left one person dead, reports the RFE/RL.
Russia, Turkey and Iran are pressing ahead with a fresh round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan, Reuters reported citing Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, despite a request from Syrian rebels to delay the meeting.