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CERES News Digest - Week13, Vol.2 : April 22-26

CERES News Digest - Week13, Vol.2 : April 22-26

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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 #13
04/22/13-04/26/13
 Editor: Eugene ImasContributors:-Joseph Gates-Matthew O’Brien-Bree Swineford -Jillian Tetirick-Grace Tran
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Country News Digest 
 Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev entertained Latvianpresident Berzins to discuss
 AzerbaijanGeorgia Russia
bilateral relations, especially in the areas o trade andagriculture. Both presidents praised the nature o theirrelations.38 people were let deadater a re demolisheda psychiatric hospital inMoscow on Friday. Tere are conicting reports as tothe cause o the re, ranging rom a cigarette to a shortcircuit. Many o the patients who died were reportedly sedated and did not wake up to the re. Te bars on the windows also played a role in the high death toll.
 Armenia Moldova BelarusUkraineTurkey
Sta at Vi, Ukraine’sprominent oppositiontelevision station, havegone on strike ollowing a sudden change in ownership.Strikers believe that i the leadership change is allowed totake place they will no longer be able to air criticism o the Yanukovych government.Russian Deense MinisterSergey Shoigu hasannounced plans to build aRussian air orce base in Belarus by 2015, with the rstset o plans set to arrive later this year. Russia will alsodeliver our battalions o S-300 surace-to-air missiles toBelarus by 2014. Currently Russia has an early warningradar system and a communications hub used or nuclearsubmarines.
 Te Constitutional Courto Moldova has ruled thatormer PM Filat cannot holdhis position again. Te Court also nullied a presidentialdecree that would have installed Filat as a caretaker PM asthe country tries to orm a new government.
Georgian PM BidzinaIvanishvili addressed theParliamentary Assembly o the Council o Europe or the rst time this week. Te PM, who is Georgian ethnically but holds French citizenship,raised some eyebrows by beginning his remarks in hisadopted country’s language. Ivanishvili’s rival PresidentMikheil Saakashvili criticized his statements. Tis week marked the95th anniversary o theOttoman-led massacre o 1.5 million Armenians, termed by many as an episodeo “genocide.” US president Barack Obama has drawncriticism rom Armenian groups or reerring to theincident not as a “genocide” but simply as “one o the worst atrocities o the 20th century.” Te Kurdish Rebel GroupPKK announced that it would withdraw rom urkey on May 8. Te PKK would retreat to bases inNorthern Iraq only i the urkish government extendedamnesty to political prisoners, established a new constitution, and dismantled the special orce unit usedto combat the rebels. Murat Karayilan, the rebel leader,also announced that they would stop withdrawing i there was an attack on the rebels.
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On Wednesday supporterso the opposition El Unu(People’s Voice) held
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demonstrations demanding the government nationalizethe Kumtor gold mine. Tey also called or the resignationo the Kyrgyz government and the immediate release o three opposition lawmakers that were arrested in or theirrole in protests. Reports also suraced that 1,000 peoplecame to Bishkek or the rally rom other regions. Aghanistan has been hit by two deadly natural disastersin the past week. In thenorthern province o Balkh, ash ooding caused thecollapse o several buildings, killing 14 people. Meanwhilealong Aghanistan’s border with Pakistan, the regions o Nangarhar and Kunar suered 10 casualties as a result o a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that struck the area.
 Mongolia Iran
Samsung inormed itssubscribers this week thatit will be shutting o Iran’saccess to its mobile app store on May 22 due to tighteningsanctions against the country. Samsung is one o the ew providers who oer services in the Persian language.Iranians have elt the squeeze o higher prices on importsthis week as their government raised the value o the rial versus the dollar. At the Human RightsCouncil in Geneva, urkmenistan’s humanrights record came under criticism rom the many diplomats attending the conerence. Diplomatsacknowledged the new media reedom law, but questionedhow it was to be implemented. Tey also stated that urkmenistan needed to improve the situation o womenand prisoners in the country.In an eort to overcomedifculties with theMongolian government,investment group Rio into has appointed Bold Bataar,a Mongolian citizen, as the president o its copper group.Rio into oversees Oyu olgoi, a massive copper andgold mine located in Mongolia. wo Kazakhstani studentsliving in Boston have beenarrested or violating theirstudent visa requirements. Te pair may have known the sarnaev brothers, who were responsible or the bombingo the Boston Marathon last week. No criminal chargeshave yet been brought against them.Last Friday a member o the ajik opposition party,the Islamic RenaissanceParty o ajikistan, was severely beaten outside his home.Presidential elections are scheduled or November, andew observes think the strongman, who has served ashead o state or 20 years, will simply step aside. It is notclear who was responsible or the beating. Assistant Secretary o Stateor South and Central Asian Aairs Robert Blakemet with Uzbek President Islam Karimov on Wednesday.Karimov stated American-Uzbek relations are stable andlong-term, and in turn, Blake conrmed US intentionsto continue to increase cooperation in a variety o areas.During Blake’s visit the Real Union o Journalists o Uzbekistan called on the Assistant Secretary to deendindependent Uzbek journalists.
TajikistanUzbekistan AfghanistanTurkmenistan
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