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CERES News Digest: Vol.2, Issue #6 - Feb.18-22, 2013

CERES News Digest: Vol.2, Issue #6 - Feb.18-22, 2013

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CERES News Digest is a news overview of the 33 countries that are covered by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies Center at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
CERES News Digest is a news overview of the 33 countries that are covered by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies Center at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

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Country News Digest  Vol.2, Issue #6
02/18/13-02/22/13
 Editor: Eugene ImasContributors:-Joseph Gates-Matthew O’Brien-Bree Swineford -Jillian Tetirick-Grace Tran
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Country News Digest 
 Azerbaijan is promoting itsculture in France by holding“Days o Azerbaijan” events
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in several parts o the country. Azerbaijan’s culturepromotion project dates back to 2007, when the Heydar Aliev Fund made large donations to the Palace o Versailles or “restoration work.”Sergei Ignatiev, Russia’scentral bank governor,stated that over $49 billion was lost in capital ight last year. A central bank study indicated that over hal o the capital ight was in theorm o narcotics, illegal imports, bribes, and tax evasionschemes. Ignatiev also suggested that the capital ight wascontrolled by “one well-organised group o individuals.”
 Armenia Moldova BelarusUkraineTurkey
 Te Prosecutor General’sOce has stated that it hassucient evidence to bringcharges against ormer president Leonid Kuchma relatedto the 2000 murder o journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. Aprevious case against Kuchma was dismissed in 2011. A Belarusian SupremeCourt sentenced a borderguard to two years in prisonor ailing to protect the country rom an invasion o oreign teddy bears. Te court determined the man wasguilty o ailing to report the light plane that crossed intoBelarusian airspace and dropped hundreds o teddy bears with parachutes holding human rights signs.
Ocials rom the Moldovangovernment held talks with EU leaders aboutthe country’s progress towards membership this week.Moldova’s recent political crisis is threatening to delay orhalt progress towards EU membership with local electionspossibly being orced as soon as April.
In a sign o improvingrelations, Russian sanitationexperts will soon venture toGeorgia to inspect wine and mineral water productionacilities in order to clear them or import. Georgian wineand mineral water has been subject to an import ban sincethe Russian-Georgian War o 2008. Armenia held itspresidential election onMonday. As predicted, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian won handily overhis opponents with 58.64% o the vote. His primary opponent, Ra Hovannisian (36.74% o the vote), hasreused to accept these results, instead demanding ameeting with Sarkisian. urkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)have signed a military deal. Te UAE will buy $200 million worth o weapons rom urkey, including CIRI missiles.
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Country News Digest 
Five members o thebanned Hizb ut-ahrirorganization were arrested
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 Kazakhstan
in Kyrgyzstan’s southern city o Jalal-Abad. Te StateCommittee or National Security (UKMK) reportedthat “ocers ound and conscated a large amount o extremist books and digital data recorders” at the suspects’residences. An Aghan intelligenceagency conducted anoperation that capturedMaulvi Faqir Mohammad, a high-ranking Pakistanimember o the aliban. Experts believe that since MullahFaqir was heavily involved in terrorist activity in thePakistani region o Swat, his capture by Aghan orcescould improve relations between the two countries.
 Mongolia Iran
Iran has agreed to build arenery in Pakistan, which will supply Iranian uel tothe energy-hungry state. Te renery, set or constructionin Gwadar near the border with Iran, will produce 400,000barrels per day. Te two countries also decided on a deal,which will provide Iranian natural gas to Pakistan inexchange or ood products such as meat, wheat, and rice. wo urkmen civil society activists were recently reed ater serving outtheir prison terms. Sapardurdy Khajiev and Annakurban Amanklychev were arrested in 2006 ater they helped aFrench director produce a lm about the state o humanrights in urkmenistan. A paleontologist has pledguilty to charges o lyingon customs orms, ater hedeclared the value o dinosaur ossils that he discoveredin Mongolia as $19,000 and then sold them at auctionor $1 million. Te government has since seized the
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ossils and will return them toMongolia.Kazakhstan’s nationalnuclear center has signeda memorandum o under-standing with Japan’s Atomic Power Co. to build anuclear power station in the Central Asian state. Tetwo countries have recently come to agreements on theextraction o Kazakhstan’s resources, which Japan is eagerto help its partner exploit.US Assistant Secretary o State or South andCentral Asian AfairsRobert Blake is in Dushanbe this week or a two-day  visit. Ater a meeting with President Emomali Rahmonon Wednesday, Blake called on ajikistan’s leadership tohold ree and air elections in November. Blake also saidthe US does not plan to use ajikistan’s inrastructure orthe withdrawal rom Aghanistan in 2014. Tis week thousands o Uzbeks were stuck alongthe Uzbek-Kazakh borderater police set up roadblocks preventing migrant workersrom entering Kazakhstan. Only laborers with a work permit and a work agreement with a company in Russia orKazakhstan were allowed to pass. Some have speculatedthat the roadblock was set up in response to PresidentIslam Karimov’s criticism o the interior ministry lastmonth.
TajikistanUzbekistan AfghanistanTurkmenistan
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