January 11, 1998 |
Stealing up on the abandoned building from behind, the narcotics police burst in on a grubby opium den. Two men are slumped glassy-eyed against the wall on makeshift mattresses. As usual, the dealers who supply them are nowhere to be found. "We could put these small-time guys in jail for a year or two, but what good would it do?" says one officer, Akbar Alimzhanov, who lets the men off after a stern chat. Opium addiction is spreading rapidly in Osh, the heart of a drug boom in Central Asia.
October 7, 2001 |
In the war against terrorism, the United States will become involved in economic development in Central Asia and in building closer economic ties with Russia, marking a new chapter for the world economy. Russia's quick support for U.S. policies and military needs in the wake of Sept. 11 has "defined" a new relationship between the two nations, Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor to President Bush, told a Washington meeting of the U.S.-Russia Business Council last week.
May 12, 1991 |
Even as the Baltic States and the Ukraine demand independence from the Soviet Union, there exists a deep ambivalence--and confusion--among the population of Central Asia about what continued association with Moscow might mean. For years, the "stans," the five mainly Muslim republics of Central Asia--Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan--have been the most docile of the 15 republics that make up the Soviet Union.
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February 8, 1992
Turkmenistan. Tajikistan. Uzbekistan. Even a few months ago these remote provinces of the late Soviet empire would have been unlikely to draw the personal attention of the American secretary of state. This coming week, however, James A.
September 9, 1992 |
The leaders of Tajikistan told the world Tuesday that the departure of President Rakhman Nabiyev would not hurt democracy in the poor and volatile former Soviet republic. "The Parliament and government of the republic of Tajikistan state with full responsibility that the voluntary resignation of the president . . . in no way signifies that we will turn away from the path of creating a democratic, secular state," an official statement said.
May 8, 1992 |
Forming a Revolutionary Council, a coalition of democrats and Muslim activists declared Thursday that power in this Central Asian republic has passed into their hands, and supporters by the thousands shouted, "God is great!" The whereabouts of Rakhman Nabiyev, a former Communist hard-liner elected president last fall, were unknown.
April 7, 2012 |
It has a smoky, bitter taste, a deeply unpleasant odor and bears a close resemblance to black gobs of tar. Pricey tar, mind you: 10 grams (a month's supply) will set you back $80. The substance, called shilajit, is an ancient ayurvedic medicine. On websites, you'll read that it has anti-anxiety, "rejuvenating" and aphrodisiac properties and is a panacea for many ills, from diabetes to bronchitis - and, further, that it was praised by Aristotle, prized by Genghis Khan and was the closely guarded secret weapon of Soviet cosmonauts and Olympic athletes.
June 12, 1990 |
A day of mourning was declared Monday in the Central Asian republic of Kirghizia, where the death toll after a week of ethnic clashes rose to 116, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported. Tass said the situation in the Soviet republic was quieter after a week of bloody clashes between Uzbeks and Kirghiz in a land dispute. "A trend toward the stabilization of the situation in the republic's southern region has become apparent," Tass said, quoting Kirghizia's Interior Ministry.
February 17, 1992 |
With President Islam Karimov leading the way, Secretary of State James A. Baker III whipped through the capital of Tamerlane's 14th-Century empire Sunday after an opposition leader bluntly told him that modern Uzbekistan remains a totalitarian regime despite the collapse of the Soviet Union.
September 1, 1991 |
The Soviet Union's political turbulence spread into the heart of Muslim Central Asia on Saturday as the republics of Uzbekistan and Kirghizia declared independence and the president of neighboring Tadzhikistan was swept from office. The two Central Asian defections from the crumbling Soviet empire brought to 10 the number of republics that have formally sought to break away in an accelerated exodus brought on by the attempted coup two weeks ago by reactionary elements of the Kremlin.