Central Asia Monitor 1.20

by Central Asia Monitor on 11/21/2012 · 1 comment

Tashkent Supports Construction of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railroad

On 13 November, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Train Bakhtiyor Abdusamatov said that his government supports the construction of a railway linking Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China. He said that Tashkent considers this project one of the highest priority initiatives in the SCO Development Bank’s transportation financing portfolio. (15 Nov Anons.uz) — NH

Sale of Roghun Dam Shares Halted

The management of Roghun hydroelectric plant has decided to stop sales of shares to the public, citing poor public demand over the last two years. The company said it did not know why demand had waned, but speculated that the public may not be very interested in the project. The government backed a massive public share buying campaign after it failed to secure foreign investors for the project. The campaign raised little money in spite of widespread pressure on the public to purchase shares. (19 Nov IA REX) — NH

Kazakhstani Scientologists Denied Registration

Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Agency for Religious Affairs Marat Azalhanov said on 16 November that Scientology organizations in Almaty had been denied legal registration. Azalhanov said that the organizations primarily engage in commercial activities such as selling services, tickets to seminars, and books written by L. Ron Hubbard. He added that Kazakhstan is not alone in denying Scientologists religious registration. (16 Nov Rosbalt) — NH

Turkmenistan Suspends Gas Supply to Iran

Iran’s oil minister, Rostam Kazemi, said that Turkmenistan has stopped gas supplies to Iran because of a price dispute. He said that he hoped to resume shipments under the current pricing agreement or under a new contract. It is unclear when supplies were stopped, but Iran’s government called on companies distributing oil products in the country’s northeast to try to provide alternative fuels during the winter. Though Iran has large natural gas reserves, its northeast is dependent on supplies from Turkmenistan, especially during the winter. (16 Nov CA-News) — NH

Uzbek Citizens Reportedly Stone Cars in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Citizens of Uzbekistan crossed into Kyrgyzstan to throw rocks at cars on 14 November, according to Kyrgyzstani media reports. Police in Jalal-Abad’s Suzak district say that ten to fifteen young men, believed to be residents of Nanay village in Uzbekistan’s Namangan province, threw stones at cars driving near the village of Ak-Terek. The incident only resulted in damage to several cars, but local police said that this is becoming a regular occurrence. Kyrgystani police have asked their counterparts in Namangan to help track down the culprits. (15 Nov 24.kg) — NH

Gasoline Shortages Hit Uzbekistan

Several media outlets report that severe shortages and spikes in prices of gasoline are plaguing Uzbekistan. An Ozodlik correspondent reported that several hundred cars were lined up to buy fuel at a filling station and that the wait took about an hour. Shortages have been reported in southern Uzbekistan since last month, and tightening of supplies began in other regions even earlier. Representatives of Uzneftmahsulot said that the shortages are caused primarily by consumers hoarding fuel in reaction to rumors of price increases. (19 Nov RBC-Ukraine) — NH

Turkmenistan Prepares for Census

Turkmenistan is in the final stages of preparations for hits 15-26 December national population census. 24,000 people have been recruited and trained to conduct the census and tabulate results, and a public information campaign has begun to raise awareness of the census. Turkmenistan’s last full census took place in 1995. (19 Nov Fergana)

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dadaş November 25, 2012 at 2:45 am

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