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CERES News Digest - Week7, Vol.3; Oct.14-18

CERES News Digest - Week7, Vol.3; Oct.14-18

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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.3, Issue #7
10/14/13-10/18/13
 Editor: Eugene ImasContributors:-Risa Chubinsky-Glyn Cozart -Joseph Gates-Tomas Hyde-Katharine Quinn-Judge
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Country News Digest 
Azerbaijan’s ForeignMinistry announced Wednesday that the
 AzerbaijanGeorgia Russia
treatment o Orkhan Zeynalov, the Azerbaijani migrantsuspected o the stabbing that prompted Sunday’s riots inMoscow, has violated “every possible judicial procedure.”He said that Azerbaijan’s embassy would provide consularsupport to Zeynalov, noting also that it was investigatingthe death o an Azeri man killed in Moscow this week.Moscow’s Biryulyovodistrict was the scene o aRussian nationalist protest-turned-riot on Sunday ollowing the stabbing o an ethnicRussian, allegedly by a migrant worker rom Azerbaijan.In the wake o the events, Russian authorities on Monday arrested hundreds o protestors and detained more than1,000 migrant workers in Moscow.
 Armenia Moldova BelarusUkraineurkey
President Yanukovichsignaled that ormer PrimeMinister Yulia ymoshenkocould be released rom prison or medical treatment inGermany prior to the Vilnius Summit in November.EU leaders have conditioned the proposed associationagreement with Ukraine on ymoshenko’s release. ymoshenko’s allies are still pushing the governmentto pardon her, since under the current proposed law she would not be able to run in the 2015 presidential election.Russia’s InvestigativeCommittee has openeda criminal case againstUralkali CEO Baumgertner, who is still under housearrest in Belarus on embezzlement charges. Baumgertner,arrested on suspicion o abuse o power, aces 12 years inprison i convicted. Te IC is preparing a request to haveBaumgertner extradited rom Belarus to ace chargesin Russia, in a move to deuse bilateral tensions and apotential trade war.
In a report released uesday, the EuropeanCommission AgainstRacism and Intolerance urged Moldova to take rmersteps to protect minority rights. Te report cites the“considerable number” o members o ethnic minorities without identity documents, as well as a dearth o policeinvestigations into hate crimes, as examples o inadequateprogress.
Former deense ministerDavit Kezerashvili hasbeen detained in Franceor 40 days while an extradition request rom Georgiais processed. Among other accusations, Kezerashvili hasbeen charged with accepting a bribe o $12 million tosmuggle ethyl alcohol into the country or illegal alcoholproduction.An OSCE monitoringexercise along the southernpart o the Line o Contactbetween the Armenian-controlled region o Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan was abandoned on Tursday due to reported shots red near observation points alongthe line. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan blame each otheror the shots red. Tis week, the urkisharmy shot at al Qaeda-linked militants (ISIL)in Syria ater a stray bomb landed in urkish territory. Te attack is seen as a sign o growing tension along theborder between the two countries. While urkey hastaken retaliatory action against Syria in the past, this isthe rst time the country has targeted ISIL militants.
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Country News Digest 
Kyrgyzstan’s SupremeCourt rejected an ocialcomplaint by the lawyer
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o jailed human rights activist Azimjon Askarov on Wednesday. Te complaint alleges Askarov was tortured while in detention. Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek, wascharged with murder and inciting mass disorder duringthe inter-ethnic violence o 2010, and is serving a liesentence. Te United States hascome to general terms withPresident Karzai regardinga post-2014 bilateral security agreement with Aghanistan.However, the issue o legal jurisdiction over the troopshas yet to be resolved. In the drat agreement, the UShas insisted they be subject to American jurisdiction, butPresident Karzai has said this demand will depend on theapproval o political and tribal leaders.
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Delegations rom Iranand the six powers met onOctober 15-16 in Genevato discuss Iran’s nuclear program. While details regardingthe meetings were not disclosed, a statement rom themeetings described the negotiations as “substantive andorward-looking,” and urther negotiations are expectedto occur in the ollowing months. urkmenistan is hosting aninternational event ocusedon energy security entitled“Energy Security and sustainable development - theuture o OSCE.” During the opening stages o the talks,President Berdymukhamedov addressed top UN andOSCE ocials as he called or closer energy ties with thetwo international organizations.Ater months o tensenegotiations, Mongolia’sOyu olgoi mine is nally producing at maximum capacity. However, the project hasencountered another problem: Chinese customs ocials. Te project was supposed to export copper concentrate toChina as soon as it became operational, but disagreements with Chinese customs ocials have orced the mine tostockpile its copper output instead.Kazakhstan’s Senate voted Wednesday to approvePresident Nazarbayev’schoice o career diplomat Kassym-Jomart okayev as thenew Senate Chairman. According to the constitution,the Chairman assumes the role o acting president i thepresident alls ill or dies in oce. okayev’s appointmenthas prompted speculation that the 73-year-oldNazarbayev, whose health has come under question, may be grooming his successor.On October 16 a Swisstribunal declared that alCo, a ajik aluminumcompany and the country’s largest enterprise, owed $275million to the Russian aluminum giant Rusal or breacho agreements with a Rusal subsidiary in 2003. alCo, which uses approximately 40% o ajikistan’s electricity,made a $400 million counterclaim that was dismissed by the tribunal.
Uzbeknetegaz releaseda statement this week repudiating reports thatthe country was acing gas shortages and that somedistricts would have to rely heavily on improvisedsources o heat or the upcoming winter. “Certainoreign internet publications are spreading unoundedrumors,” reads the statement, which goes on to say thatgas supplies and inrastructure are, in act, improving.
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