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Cental Asia


On December 5, with reference to the information policy department of the Presidential Administration, the news agency Kabar reported that President Atambaev received Director of the State Commission for Religious Affairs O. Moldaliev who informed the head of state about the religious situation in the country and the ongoing efforts to further improve the efficiency of the state policy in the religious sphere.


One year ago, on the 17th of November 2014, President Atambaev signed a decree “On the Concept of the state policy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the religious sphere for the period 2014-2020.” The adoption of this concept was preceded by a standard work of experts, representatives of NGOs and specialists from the law enforcement agencies. On November 3, 2014, the draft document was discussed at the meeting of the Defense Council of the Kyrgyz Republic, where it was eventually approved.


During the past two decades, Turkmenistan – the happiest Asian state in the opinion of local residents, and the most despotic one according to Western non-commercial organizations – was witnessing the replacement of the “Golden Age” with the era of “Might and Happiness.” There appeared and disappeared dozens of gilded monuments to local rulers, the living images of the ancient oriental despotism.


Having celebrated its 40th anniversary, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe seems to start experiencing certain “memory problems.” Forgetting about the entrusted duty to observe rights and freedoms in the territory “between Vancouver and Vladivostok,” the OSCE has decided to behave like a true woman of forty two: it “updates the facade” regularly, flirts with potentially interesting partners – read: political regimes – and shirks the major decision-making.



In December 2015, Turkmenistan will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its status of permanent neutrality. The grand event will bring together heads of states, senior officials of the United Nations Organization and representatives of many international organizations. The organizers intend not to limit cultural and sports events to the regional format, but to conduct such events also in the People's Republic of China, the European Union, Azerbaijan and other countries.



Immigrants pouring in torrents from the Middle East have become not just another headache for the EU, but a real test of the Union's ability to solve actual problem rather than flimsy ones. The politicians who previously easily interfered in the internal affairs of Arab countries and predestined the fate of entire nations with a single stroke of a pen have suddenly turned into non-achievers who take no bearings neither in geography, nor in politics, nor in economics. Not to speak about some elementary rationality.



As soon as emotions and anxious or joyful expectations connected with the election of the new Kyrgyz parliament deputies settled down, the whole country was shocked when nine dangerous criminals escaped from prison No. 50 near Bishkek, seven of them being sentenced to life imprisonment. Not so much the escape caused the shock, as the brutal murder of three employees of the detention facility, who were guarding the criminals. And a few days later, the fourth warden died, whom the fugitives had inflicted injuries incompatible with life.


On October 15, 2015, the fifth convocation of the Kyrgyz parliament came to an end. Formed on the basis of party lists on 10 October, 2010, it included representatives of five parties. The mandates were proportioned as follows: Ata-Jurt – 28, the Social Democratic Party – 26, Ar-Namys – 25, the Republic – 23, and Ata Meken – 18.



The Taliban has already provided the United States with timely and accurate services a few times – in the struggle against the Soviet Union and after the NATO intervention in Afghanistan. It is a story of complicated, but so much mutually beneficial relationship between a democratic parent and a Sharia offspring, which will undoubtedly be cautionary for future generations.

  • If the Taliban threatens to invade Turkmenistan, Berdymukhammedov can ask for military aid, and then the Taliban will come in for what has already fallen to their ideological allies' lot in Syria.