Rooting Up Pensions
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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As reported on this site, pensioners have suffered drastic cuts in their pensions. When the news first began to filter out, there was some speculation that President Saparmurat Niyazov was sitting back to see how …

Islam in Schools
Written by on Thursday, 26 January 2006

Tajikistan’s secondary school system will be placing an increased emphasis on Islam, as per a new government initiative.
The move pleases Islamic parties in the country, which unlike those in other countries in Central Asia, are …

More Promising Signs for Development
Written by on Thursday, 26 January 2006
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Today brought some good news for Tajikistan. It seems as though Tajikistan’s recently outlined commitment to advancing development in the country is paying off. The World Bank certainly noticed, and is proposing to …

Roaring president
Written by on Wednesday, 25 January 2006
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President Nazarbayev doesn’t want to waste time after having been sworn in for a third presidential term recently. He is dealing blows in a couple of directions. First, his cabinet’s performance is not really satisfactory:
Kazakh …

Radioactive Dollars?
Written by on Wednesday, 25 January 2006
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Kazakhstan’s Central Bank is hunting for dozens of radioactive dollars. Pardon?
The Kazakh central bank said in a letter to financial institutions the radiation level of the U.S. dollar notes was 100 times above normal. A …

In dire need of professionals
Written by on Wednesday, 25 January 2006

Kazakhstan’s domestic economy might not lack hydrocarbon resources, but it seems as with all the investment abound, an acute shortage of skills becomes ever more evident.
The landmarks of tertiary education in Kazakhstan, modern and Western-style …

Turkmen Tango
Written by on Wednesday, 25 January 2006
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President Saparmurat Niyazov’s visit to Moscow has generated considerable press coverage in the Russian press. Predictably, this has much to do with the fate of energy relations between Russia and Turkmenistan, not to speak of …

The fight for morals
Written by on Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Fur-lined underwear has been banned in Uzbekistan after authorities deemed it too sexy
I could have guessed why the big shots in Uzbekistan did not like those furry undies. I would like to make you …

Tajik government tackles corruption
Written by on Monday, 23 January 2006
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According to the IWPR (Institute for War and Peace Reporting) the Tajik government has established a deadline (April 1, 2006) for all civil servants to declare their income to the tax authorities of the country. …

Niyazov Goes to Moscow
Written by on Monday, 23 January 2006
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(File photo from a previous visit to Moscow)
In the course of a meeting in Moscow on Monday, President Saparmurat Niyazov and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed plans for increased energy cooperation, according to a RIA …