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CERES News Digest - Week8, Vol.3; Oct.21-25

CERES News Digest - Week8, Vol.3; Oct.21-25

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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 #8
10/21/13-10/25/13
 Editor: Eugene ImasContributors:-Risa Chubinsky-Glyn Cozart -Joseph Gates-Tomas Hyde-Katharine Quinn-Judge
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Country News Digest 
Ilham Aliyev, elected toa third term as presidentOctober 9, announced his
 AzerbaijanGeorgia Russia
new cabinet Monday. Changes include the dismissal o Saar Abiyev, who had served as Deense Minister since2005. Observers say a dispute with the US embassy, as wellas allegations o rampant hazing-related violence in themilitary, may be behind Abiyev’s dismissal. He is replacedby Zahir Hasanov, ormer head o “internal troops.”On Monday six people were killed and 31hospitalized ater a suicidebomber attacked a bus in the southern city o Volgograd. Te suspect has been identied as 30 year-old Naida Asiyalova rom Dagetstan. Russian authorities arecurrently searching or her husband, Dmitri Sokolov, who is a suspected accomplice in the attack.
 Armenia Moldova BelarusUkraineurkey
Heavyweight boxer VitaliKlitschko announcedOctober 24 that he will runor president o Ukraine in 2015. Klitschko, elected toparliament in 2012 as head o the pro-Western Udar party,says his decision to run is in response to a parliamentary bill barring candidates who have lived outside Ukrainein the past 10 years rom running. Klitschko, who haslived in Germany, says he is not intimidated and wantsUkraine to modernize. Te elegraph reported thatBelarus is misappropriatingEuropeAid unds by usingthem to train and equip the country’s police orce andborder guards. Te EU has conrmed the purchase o police equipment with the unds, but say the goal was tocurb human and drug tracking. Dissidents claim theequipment prevents the regime’s opponents rom leavingBelarus. UK leaders are calling on the EU to reconsideraid to Belarus in light o its human rights record.Moldova’s ruling Liberalparty survived a no-condence motion putorth by the Socialist and Communist parties Monday. Te opposition claimed the regime had committedtreason by establishing checkpoints at the boundary o  ransnitria. Prime Minister Leanca says the checkpoints will not restrict
the movements o ransnistrians, butare intended to prevent oreigners rom enteringMoldova illegally via the breakaway region.
 A renewed call or Georgiato boycott the SochiOlympics has arisen ater aRussian military pilot shot down in the 2008 Russian-Georgian conict was chosen as an Olympic torchbearer. While President Saakashvili called or a Georgianboycott o the games as early as 2010, the idea ell out o avor when current Prime Minister Ivanishvili’s politicalparty gained prominence. Ivanishvili has urged caution when deciding whether or not to boycott.On October 22 the 14th Armenia-EU CooperationCommittee convened in Yerevan. Despite EU concerns over Armenia’s recentdecsion to join the Russia-led Customs Union, EUDirector or Countries o Eastern Europe, SouthernCaucasus and Central Asia stressed the EU’scommittment to continue and expand cooperation with Armenia, namely in the areas o political reorm andeconomic growth. wo urkish pilots who were kidnapped in August were released on Saturday by their Lebanese captors in exchange or the release o nine Lebanese hostages being held in Syria. Te pilots were captured in a retaliatory act, ater Syrian oppositionorces took nine Lebanese religious pilgrims hostage andaccused them o having ties to Hezbollah. Also undernegotiation is the release o women currently being heldin Syrian prisons.
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Country News Digest 
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted October 23 to rejecta deal with Canadian
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 Kazakhstan
company Centerra Gold regarding shares in the Kumtormine. Te deal, drated by Centerra and Prime MinisterSatybaldiyev in September, would have increasedKyrgyzstan’s share rom roughly 33 to 50 percent.Parliament says the government should
press or a 67percent share in the mine, a goal the PM says is naive.
 wo Aghans were killedand our injured in asuicide bombing in Kabulthis week. Te bombers targeted a compound known asGreen Village, where many international contractors andocials reside. Insurgents attempted to breach the wallso the compound immediately ollowing the detonation,but ailed.
 Mongolia Iran
On Wednesday AhmedShaheed, the UN specialhuman rights monitor orIran, published a report condemning Iran or rampanthuman rights abuses. Abuses cited include limits on reespeech and the media, and a large number o executions.Iran has rejected the allegations in the report as alse andpolitically motivated. Tis week marks the peak o cotton harvesting seasonin urkmenistan. Ocialreports indicate a harvest o 971,492 thousand tons o cotton as o Tursday. urkmenistan’s cotton industry practices have come under re rom international critics, who have accused urkmenistan o the wide-scale use o child labor in the harvest.Rio into has resolved along-standing customsdispute with China,meaning that it will nally be allowed to export copperrom its Oyu olgoi mining project to China. Althoughthis marks the successul completion o the mine’s rstphase, the largely Canadian-owned Rio into has halted work on the massive second phase as it negotiates withthe Mongolian government. A Youube video depictinga multi-generationalKazakh commune o sel-described jihadists in Syria, caused a stir in Kazakhstan’sonline community this week. Government spokespersonssay they are investigating the video’s authenticity, in orderto determine its implications or the regime’s ght againstradical Islam in Kazakhstan. Several o those shown inthe video have been identied by the press as natives o the central industrial province o Karagandy. A delegation led by  Aghan president HamidKarzai visited ajikistan’spresident Emomali Rahmon on October 21. Tepresidents discussed shared security concerns, includingmine clearance, the insurance sector, and transportation, within the context o next year’s scheduled NAO troopdrawdown.Eight have now died inUzbekistan’s cotton eldssince start o the annualharvest in September. A 16-year old with a pre-existingheart condition died October 21 ater picking therequired daily quota o 20 kg. Causes o the previousdeaths include stabbing, suicide, and sufocation under apile o cotton. Despite calls or an international boycott,last week authorities
reported signing cotton contractstotaling $1 billion with various trade partners.
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