Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula was unlawfully annexed by referendum arranged by pro-Russian separatists backed by Russia. President Putin denies the annexation was politically motivated and driven by Soviet-reunification desires, but rather driven by the need to protect ethnic Russians in Crimea.

Kazakhstan's naval chief, Rear Admiral Zhanarbek Zhanzakov, has concluded a visit to Iran, where he signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan's prosecutor-general says at least nine more former and current officials in Kyrgyzstan face the possibility of corruption charges over a 2003 deal with Canada’s Centerra Gold company.

A group of international observers said on November 7 that Tajikistan's presidential election, won in a landslide by incumbent President Emomali Rahmon, lacked pluralism and genuine choice.

The results of the official visit of RF President V.Putin to Tajikistan that took place on October 4-5 suggest there is a probability of increased tension in the Central Asian region within the nearest 9-12 months.

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