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Cash Not Goods
Written by on Monday, 27 February 2006
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Ukraine again reached an agreement with Turkmenistan about gas deliveries over the weekend. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yury Yekhanurov spoke on his optimism on the future of energy dialogue in a televised announcement, according to a …

“Is this the country we wanted to build 20 years ago?”
Written by on Monday, 27 February 2006
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The fallout from the Sarsenbaev murder continues to become ever more dramatic. Today saw the first anti-government demonstration in years in Almaty, where about 1,000 protesters defied a police ban and marched on to the …

The Railway by Hamid Ismailov
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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In the steppe near Tashkent they came upon a never-ending ladder with wooden rungs and iron rails and that stretched across the earth from horizon to horizon. (…) Whistling and thundering, a snake-like wonder hurtled …

Silk & Spice Festival 2006
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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This May Bukhara will host the 7th annual Silk & Spice Festival

HIV/AIDS in Eurasia: Donor Politics & Priorities
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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Neweurasia has launched a new series of topic-specific posts across all of the country blogs in an effort to provide readers a comprehensive overview of current policy issues in Eurasia. We have devoted this first …

Celebrations With a Bang
Written by on Friday, 24 February 2006
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In view of the revised prioritisation of government expenditure the news that the Turkmen government has chosen to devote so much money to festivities will not be welcomed by everybody. The following report in full …

Settling Debts
Written by on Thursday, 23 February 2006
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Predictably, Naftogaz Ukrainy CEO Aleksei Ivchenko has reacted angrily to Turkmen claims that Kiev owes money to Ashgabat for gas deliveries. In a press conference on Monday, Ivchenko told reporters sought to present Ukraine‚Äôs position …

Foul Mood
Written by on Wednesday, 22 February 2006
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The recently established Turkmen dissident web site, Turkmenskaya Iskra (Turkmen Spark), recently reported the rare occurrence of anti-government protests in some areas of the country. In Turkmenbashi Square in Mary a statue of President Saparmurat …

Low-level heads roll, and the intrigue continues
Written by on Wednesday, 22 February 2006
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Things are heating up in Kazakhstan over the murder of opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbaev. The Government of Kazakhstan has realized that they can not let this one slide; the furor, both internally and internationally …

Aggressive Democracy
Written by on Wednesday, 22 February 2006
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There are practically no honest despots anymore. It is testament to just how thoroughly democracy has won the war of ideas that even the most stalwart of absolute rulers still feel inclined to pay …