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· June, 2008

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2008

Russia: Dostoevsky Museums

Josefina of Russian Blog visits Dostoevsky Museum in Moscow – and writes briefly about the other six, in St. Petersburg, Staraya Russa, Darovoye, Novokuznetsk, Omsk, and Semipalatinsk.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: EUFOR Helicopter Crashes; Bosnian in Afghanistan Killed

YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett reports on the two Bosnia-related tragic accidents that have occurred recently.

Azerbaijan: Media Concerns

Writing on AFP's Correspondent blog, the news organization's Caucasus Bureau Chief, Michael Mainville, laments the state of the media in Azerbaijan. The post recognizes the pressures and restrictions in place...

Caucasus: Religious Practices Update

Social Science in the Caucasus provides an update on its survey of religious practices in the South Caucasus. The blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Centers (CRRC) says that women...

Armenia: Eurovision Metal

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on rumors that Armenian-American rock band System of a Down (SOAD) are interested in representing Armenia in next year's Eurovision Song Contest. However, there is also...

Armenia: European Media Demands

Following last week's landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, Unzipped comments on the importance of the judgment for the embattled A1 Plus TV station which was deprived...

Kazakhstan: Freedom House blames Astana

Zhanna Zhukova reports that Freedom House said yesterday that the resource curse in energy-rich Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan is taking root.

Kazakhstan: Highway to prosperity

Ben reports on the World Bank’s president, Bob Zoellick, visit to Kazakhstan, which has resulted in a $2.5 billion infrastructure project.

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Buys Russian Weapons

Peter reports on a Russian arms deal to sell Turkmenistan six BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers.

Uzbekistan: The slain journalist's father calls on authorities

Libertad translates a post about the letter of a father of a murdered journalist Alisher Saipov addressed to the presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan: Costs and benefits

Peter Marton quotes a high-ranking German general, who admits that the costs and benefits of the Afghanistan mission have to be expected, not merely counted as they are at present.

Uzbekistan: Fighting internet censorship

Today, Uzbekistan is remaining one of the repressive countries in the region that maintains a tight grip on mass media. Despite it has all the nominal guarantees of the freedom...

Caucasus: Religious Practices

Social Science in the Caucasus examines data on religious practices in the region. The blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Centers (CRRC) uses its own data to assess the importance...

Kyrgyzstan: U.S. troops won't expand

Elena reports that US Deputy Assistant Secretary George Krol refuted rumours about the expansion of American airbase in Manas airport near the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Afghanistan: Taliban Retreat

Patrick Frost says that after a couple weeks of poor news regarding Afghani security, there was finally some positive developments as a force of Afghanistan troops supported by NATO armored...

Kazakhstan: Astana Anniversary

Joshua Foust is ironic saying that Kazakhstan seems to have no other problems than how to light its not-fake capital’s overly elaborate 10th anniversary.

Caucasus: European Integration

Azerbaijan – a part of Europe says that it hopes the countries of the South Caucasus will be close to integrating with Europe in 10 years. However, the blog concludes,...

Armenia: Higher Education Blog

Armenian Higher Education & Sciences has been established by Aryana Petrova, an education consultant and lecturer. The blog should provide a unique insight into the education sector in Armenia and...

Armenia: Regional Supermarket

Blogrel comments on news that a Yerevan-based supermarket chain has opened a store outside of the capital. The blog wonders how such a development will affect small stores and market...

Azerbaijan: Mulberries

Sheki, Azerbaijan reports that everyone is getting ready for mulberry season in the country. The blog says that in addition to being quite tasty, they are also healthy and excellent...

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