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Kolesnikov Suicide Symbolic for Russia

Russian youth activist Vlad Kolesnikov took his own life on Christmas Day in Russia’s Samara region. Amidst widespread mourning, some in the country are wondering if his death was in fact a murder, and many warn that similar incidents could follow. A few months earlier, Kolesnikov, an 18-year-old culinary student from the town of Podolsk, [...]
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Kazakhstan Passes Polemic Labor Code

Almaty recently announced the implementation of a revised labor code. The controversial code is rife with regulations that harm ordinary workers, leading many analysts to dub it a “bill against the people.” Deliberation on a new labor code started in the latter half of 2015, sparking contention from the onset. The code was developed by [...]
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Uzbekistan Delays Building Shale Plant

Uzbekistan’s national holding company — Uzbekneftegaz has said it will delay the construction of a shale processing facility to a later, unnamed date, a source close to the matter said, Demir Azizov writes for Trend. The source stressed the company still plans to implement the project, but decided to reschedule due to the decline in [...]
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Kyrgyz Detain Two Terror Suspects Returning from Syria and Turkey

Kyrgyz special forces have apprehended two alleged members of international terrorist organizations who had just returned home from Turkey and Syria, a news statement from the Central Asian republic’s Ministry of Interior stated Tuesday, TASS reports. "During a search operation, it was established that one of the detained had gone to Turkey in February 2013. [...]
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