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Sep 26, 2014

Political prisoners routinely tortured in Uzbekistan: Human Rights Watch

ALMATY (Reuters) – Torture of political prisoners is widespread in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country courted by the West as a transit point for forces fighting in Afghanistan, the U.S. campaign group Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday.

President Islam Karimov, 76, tolerates no dissent in the ex-Soviet state of 30 million people, which he has ruled since 1989.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S.-Russian crew safely reaches space station despite glitch

ALMATY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket safely
delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station
(ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly
threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion
complex.

The Soyuz blasted off to the ISS from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to
take Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova
and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit.

Sep 25, 2014

First Russian woman lifts off to International Space Station

ALMATY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A Russian rocket blasted off
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International
Space Station (ISS) on Friday, taking to orbit a U.S.-Russian
trio including the first Russian woman to serve on the $100
billion space outpost.

The Soyuz rocket lifted off from a vast steppe into a black
sky at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to take Russian
Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S.
astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit.

Aug 20, 2014

Russia economic funk ripples out through ex-Soviet states

LONDON/ALMATY Aug 20 (Reuters) – Farangees Islomova is
worried. Her husband, who labours on a construction site in
Moscow’s Schelkovo suburb, usually sends 15,000 roubles home to
Tajikistan every month. But in July he sent her just two-thirds
of that.

“My husband says they haven’t started a new building yet. He
had wanted his younger brother to join him in Moscow…but
recently he called and said: ‘The master says he won’t take any
new workers and there will be lay-offs’”, said Islomova, a 36
year-old mother of three, whose family relies on the money her
husband sends from Russia.

Aug 11, 2014

Central Asia Metals on track to up Kazakh copper output by 50 pct

ALMATY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – London-listed Central Asia Metals
Plc (CAML) has begun an expansion of its Kounrad copper
project in Kazakhstan and is set to meet its target of raising
copper cathode output there by about 50 percent by 2016, the
company’s head said on Monday.

CAML produced 10,509 tonnes of copper at its Kounrad
recovery plant in central Kazakhstan last year, 5 percent above
target. Its output totalled 5,094 tonnes in the first half of
2014, a 4.9 percent increase year-on-year.

Aug 6, 2014

Kazakhstan creates giant energy ministry as economy falters

ALMATY, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan has created a new super
size energy ministry as its economy suffers from the shutdown of
a giant oilfield and the collapse of exports to Ukraine and
sanctions-hit Russia.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday appointed
65-year-old close ally Vladimir Shkolnik, a two times former
energy minister, to head the former oil and gas ministry
combined with the industry and new technologies ministry and the
environmental protection ministry.

Jul 30, 2014

Kashagan’s oil output restart date shifts deeper into 2016

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oilfield may resume production in the first half of 2016 under an “optimistic scenario”, Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin said on Wednesday, putting off his earlier estimate of the restart date.

Production from the oil deposit in the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s biggest oil finds of recent times, began last September but was halted in October after gas leaks in the field’s pipeline network were detected.

May 16, 2014

Russia loses $275 million satellite in latest rocket failure

MOSCOW/ALMATY, May 16 (Reuters) – A Russian rocket carrying
a $275 million telecommunications satellite failed and burned up
shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of
setbacks for Russia’s once-pioneering space industry.

It was the second failure for Russia’s workhorse Proton-M
rocket in less than a year, and the second time that it had
failed to deliver a European satellite intended to provide
advanced telecoms and Internet access to remote parts of Russia,
after the last one crashed shortly after launch in 2011.

May 14, 2014

Japan’s first space station commander and crewmates land safely

ALMATY, May 13 (Reuters) – The first Japanese to command a
space mission and crewmates from the United States and Russia
landed safely in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, wrapping up a 188-day
stay aboard the International Space Station.

“We have confirmation of landing,” a NASA television
presenter said during a live broadcast as the capsule with the
space trio touched down in a Kazakh steppe 148 km (93 miles)
southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan at 07:58 a.m. (0158 GMT).

Apr 2, 2014

U.S. “fundamentally stands” with Central Asia on independence after Crimea

ALMATY (Reuters) – The United States will “fundamentally stand” with post-Soviet Central Asian nations to protect their territorial integrity and independence, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, sending a signal to Russia after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Russia’s seizure of the Black Sea peninsula two weeks ago sent jitters across Central Asia, whose mainly autocratic rulers tacitly accepted Moscow’s actions, fearing their former overlord may use a similar tactic in their states.