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On 2 September (although unofficial reports cited 29 August as the date), the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov died in Tashkent.
Governed by an authoritarian regime Kazakhstan has been making efforts to modernise and has been searching for new development models free of Soviet legacy.
The Aktobe attacks are yet another sign of intensifying internal tension in Kazakhstan, generated by the deteriorating standard of living.
CASA 1000 was one of the projects initiated after the intervention in Afghanistan as part of the US geopolitical strategy in the region.
Since gaining its independence Tajikistan has faced severe political, economic and social problems. The last several months has seen a clear increase in their intensity.
The economic crisis in Russia is affecting the uncompetitive post-Soviet economies which are dependent on Moscow.
The early elections are being held in a difficult socio-economic situation. They are part of an process of adjusting the state’s direction.