RIA Novosti: Russian expert forecasts “quiet” power transfer in Uzbekistan

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(RIA Novosti – August 29, 2016) The elite have been preparing for the current Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s departure from power for a long time – all those involved are interested in maintaining the current state of things. It is the opinion of Alexey Malashenko, an expert of the Moscow Carnegie Centre. The government of Uzbekistan on Sunday announced that […]

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Muscovites bring flowers to commemorate slaughtered girl, nationalists demand visas for Central Asia

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MOSCOW. March 1 (Interfax) – Muscovites are bringing flowers to the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station to commemorate a young girl, whose nanny was detained near the metro station on Monday with the girl’s head in her hands. There are lots of flowers, some with black ribbons, soft toys, chocolate, candies and candles near the entrance to the metro station. Pedestrians […]

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Kazakh, Uzbek leaders reignite talk of succession

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Naubet Bisenov in Almaty and Olim Abdullayev in Tashkent – September 17, 2015) The issue of succession has become topical again in Central Asia’s largest countries – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – after the Kazakh leader appointed his daughter as deputy prime minister, while the Uzbek president was reported to have openly nominated his second […]

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NEWSLINK Christian Science Monitor: Islamist threat to Russia looms large at Central Asia security summit

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The Kremlin is increasingly concerned about an Islamist uprising in one of the weak autocracies along its southern flank, all of which will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit today in Ufa, Russia

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The Great Succession Game: Central Asian leaders’ silence on succession plans poses a growing threat to stability in this volatile region.

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Naubet Bisenov in Almaty – January 23, 2015) In Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, where ageing leaders run one-man shows that suppress any hint of opposition, the issue of succession resurfaces every time the autocratic presidents are reported to have travelled abroad for medical treatment. That these leaders hide succession plans under a veil of secrecy […]

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