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Public Policy & Politics


In 2017, the Kazakh authorities plan to start fining those recipients of social targeted assistance who refuse from proposed jobs. Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the country Svetlana Zhakupova reported this news at the recent briefing at the Central Communications Office. In her words, the state pays three types of social assistance to low-income families that have incomes below 40 percent of the subsistence minimum. From now on, the three types of payments will be combined in a new format into one kind of social targeted assistance.



The main consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan has introduced a number of changes to the procedure for obtaining visas by foreign citizens. To obtain a visa for a period of 45 days, foreign citizens will have to register on a special website which will be authorized to issue visas for citizens of 78 countries included in the special list of the MFA. To do this, the applicant needs to fill in the appropriate questionnaire in advance, and then to receive an electronic confirmation.



Since May 1, 2017, the internal troops of Uzbekistan have been transferred to full legal subordination to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Head of the MIA Abdusalom Azizov made such a statement, expressing confidence that in the near future there will also be formed special-purpose rapid reaction units under the Ministry of the Interior. According to him, the Interior Ministry currently has enough forces to effectively resist any aggression.



In Turkmenistan, there has begun the month of activities aimed at combating tobacco smoking. It will be participated by public figures, representatives of youth organizations, various departments and local authorities. As noted during the opening ceremony of the month, Turkmenistan is one of the leaders of the world anti-tobacco movement. The country intends to make its own significant contribution to the global activities aimed at expanding the territories fully liberated from tobacco.



On May 2, Astana hosted a presentation of the draft concept of Kazakhstan's state policy in the religious sphere for the period 2017-2020. The document provides for strengthening control over compliance with national legislation pertaining to the religious sphere.


In 2018, the Uzbek police will conduct investigations exclusively with the use of video surveillance and recorded audio files of any conversations. This is stated in the text of the decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures aimed at radically improving the activities of the internal affairs bodies in the sphere of investigation of crimes.” In accordance with this document, after January 1, 2018, the internal affairs bodies will be obliged to have special rooms equipped with video surveillance systems for video and audio recording of the investigations actions.


In Akhal Province of Turkmenistan (in the territory of Ak Bugday District), there took place the opening ceremony of the International Quarantine Center that belongs to the horse breeding sphere. Many foreign guests took part in this event, including delegates of the international festive forums held in the capital recently. The International Quarantine Center represents a new modern facility designed for keeping 120 horses. The territory of the Center occupies a total area of 40 hectares, which are divided into a number of functional zones.



On April 29, the OSCE-organized training courses were held in the capital of Turkmenistan for law enforcement and aviation security officers. They were focused on the security procedures at airport checkpoints and the recognition of fluoroscopic images. According to the press release of the Ashgabat Center of the OSCE, 19 representatives of the relevant structures, such as the transport police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Aviation Security Service, the State Border Service and the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan, took part in the practical training courses.


On April 29, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree declaring a national mourning day on April 30. This is due to the tragedy that occurred in the village of Ayu (Osh Province) as a result of a landslide. “On the day of mourning, the national flags shall be lowered throughout the territory of the republic, as well as on the buildings of consular and diplomatic missions abroad,” the press service of the head of state cited the text of the decree.



The introduction of electronic biometric passports in Kyrgyzstan will help to conduct the fairest and most transparent elections. President Almazbek Atambayev said so in his speech at the recent meeting with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Head of Presidential Administration Sapar Isakov. According to the press service of the head of state, Atambayev stressed that the beginning of Kyrgyzstan's transition to electronic biometric passports was a landmark event. It is of great importance in terms of creating a modern digital society in Kyrgyzstan.