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Russia Sends Some 10,000 Migrants to War in Ukraine

During recent raids, over 30,000 people who have obtained Russian citizenship but do not want to join the military register were identified.  Some 10,000 were then sent to fight in Ukraine , announced head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin. "A year ago, I instructed our divisions to create groups on the ground to work with migrants. We actively participate in raids together with other law enforcers. We - discovered, by chance, a loophole through which - migrants began to leave the Russian Federation slowly," stated Bastrykin. "The issue here is the implementation of the Constitution and Russian laws that requires anyone granted citizenship to register for military service and, if necessary, take part in a military operation." Bastrykin added that migrants who have obtained Russian citizenship "are now joining the ranks of rear units." According to experts, the bulk of the migrants sent to fight in Ukraine hail from Central Asia.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry Accuses David Cameron of “Misinformation”

The Russian prankster duo Vovan and Lexus (real names Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov) have published an audio recording of them in conversation with the British foreign minister, David Cameron. In the call to Cameron they introduced themselves as the former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The hoax call made reference to the Kazakh foreign minister, Murat Nurtleu. Kuznetsov and Stolyarov claimed to Cameron that Nurtleu had spoken to 'Poroshenko' about the sacrifices that the Ukrainian people are making for Kazakhstan by fighting to contain Russia. There is a theory that were Russia to win its war against Ukraine, its next target would be the territories of northern Kazakhstan, which border the Russian Federation. Cameron appears not to have realized that he was being hoaxed. During the conversation he said that he didn't not think that the current Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy should complain about Ukraine not being able to join NATO. Cameron also said that he did not know how US presidential candidate Donald Trump would handle the situation in Ukraine if he returned to power in America's November elections. The Kazakh foreign ministry has dismissed Cameron's alleged part in the conversation as "misinformation". Its spokesperson Aibek Smadiyarov commented: "There was no such conversation; the British minister bears all responsibility for misinformation."

Mirziyoyev Discusses Cooperation with Russian Minister of Internal Affairs

On June 25, Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Russian Minister of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Kolokolsev, who was in Uzbekistan on a business visit, the president’s press service has reported. At the outset of the meeting, Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences and words of encouragement to the family members of the law enforcement officers who died in the recent terrorist attack in Dagestan. During the meeting, the practical implementation of agreements between the two countries was high on the agenda. Current aspects of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, organized crime, cyber security and digital expertise were discussed. Particular attention was paid to the issue of increasing the effectiveness of cooperation mechanisms in the field of migration. On the same day, Ziroat Mirziyoyeva, the First Lady of Uzbekistan and chairman of the board of trustees of the Zamin Foundation, met with Hans Kluge, the director of the European regional office of the World Health Organization. At the meeting, issues of cooperation between the World Health Organization and the Zamin Foundation on improving children's medical services, including those suffering from oncological diseases, their rehabilitation, and the development of palliative care in Uzbekistan were discussed. Special attention was paid to developing and improving environmental protections, including the involvement of international experts in developing international air quality and drinking water quality standards.

Central Asian Leaders Offer Support, Condolences to Putin After Dagestan Attack

Several leaders in Central Asia have spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed their condolences after attacks by alleged Islamic militants in the Russian area of Dagestan killed about 20 people.  The quick expressions of support on Monday reflect longstanding security ties between Russia and Central Asian countries, as well as growing concerns about extremist attacks in the region, particularly following the March 22 assault on the Crocus City concert hall in the Moscow area that killed more than 140 people. The violence in Russia on Sunday happened in two cities in a mostly Muslim region of the North Caucasus and targeted police and places of worship.  Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said in his conversation with Putin that Uzbekistan was ready “to continue active cooperation between the relevant structures in the fight against common threats in the field of security,” according to a statement by Mirziyoyev. The two leaders also discussed implementation of agreements reached during a visit by Putin to Uzbekistan on May 26-28.  Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made similar remarks in a call with Putin, saying Kazakhstan “condemns any assassination and evil attempt on the lives of civilians and regards it as a great threat to international and regional security,” Tokayev’s office reported. It said the two presidents talked about strengthening their “strategic partnership” and discussed the agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on July 3-4.  Tajikistan’s leader Emomali Rahmon sent a message expressing “a feeling of deep sadness” and pledges of collaboration on security issues to Putin, saying his country had been fighting terrorism for decades. “Tajikistan, which has been fighting against all forms of terrorism for more than 30 years, strongly condemns this inhuman act of violence in Dagestan and advocates active cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” Rahmon said.  Kyrgyzstan’s leader, Sadyr Japarov, who left Bishkek on Monday on an official trip to Belgium, also expressed solidarity with Russia.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the March 22 attack in suburban Moscow and several Tajik suspects were arrested, leading to some harassment and increased scrutiny of many Central Asian migrants who travel to Russia in hopes of finding work. The situation fueled diplomatic tension between Russia and some Central Asian countries, though their leaders have worked to stabilize relations.  Putin blamed battlefield adversary Ukraine for the March 22 attack, but he didn’t offer evidence and Kyiv denied the allegation.

Uzbek Citizens Still Facing Difficulties When Entering Russia

Migrants from Uzbekistan are facing difficulties when entering Russia, due to which Uzbekistan's embassy in Russia has sent an appeal to Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Citizens are complaining about excessive additional checks by airport services. According to the embassy, there has been an increase in complaints by Uzbek citizens to the diplomatic mission's call center about difficulties entering the country, or transiting through Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Following the terrorist attack at Moscow's Crocus City Hall on March 22nd, which citizens of Tajikistan stand accused or perpetrating, there has been an increase in reports of Central Asian citizens facing difficulties entering Russia. A Moscow official has explained this is due to increased security measures nationwide.

Alternative Transport Routes in Kazakhstan: Potential and Current Opportunities

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered alternative transportation and shipping routes to be drawn up and supply routes to be diversified. Amid ongoing geopolitical shifts, routes passing through Kazakhstan's territory are already seeing relatively high freight flows. Still, to develop them, further measures are needed to enhance international logistics cooperation and increase efficiency along the entire length of the transport corridors. The country's deputy minister for transport Maksat Kaliakparov kindly agreed to answer some questions from The Times of Central Asia. TCA:  Not so long ago, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) announced the launch of a project to create a digital corridor as part of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) with the company Global DTC Pte Ltd. What countries are to be integrated into this project? Can a similar digital trade corridor be considered for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)? MK: As you know, on August 16, 2022, KZT and the Singaporean company PSA concluded a memorandum according to which one of the identified areas for cooperation is developing a digital trading corridor (DTC). Towards this, a multimodal DTC has been developed. Using this platform, three container trains were sent on the route from Xi'an (China) to Absheron (Azerbaijan) as a test run. Integration with the railway systems of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan has been carried out. Currently, the process of integration with Georgian systems is underway. Overall, the DTC platform allows for: entering into online contracts with freight forwarding companies; seeing and receiving transportation tariffs from logistics companies; tracking the location of containers along all routes; getting customs status based on transit declarations when crossing borders along the route, etc. This year, it is also planning to launch the commercial operation of a container tracking service in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and it is also planning to be integrated with a Chinese logistics operator. In addition, the Tez Customs platform has been developed. It is part of DTC, created to automate the customs clearance process of railway transit freight on the route China-Kazakhstan-Central Asia/Europe. Tez Customs allows for: automating the process of customs transit clearance at the Kazakhstan-China border; reducing the time of customs procedures (from 4-8 hours to 30 minutes); tracking the status of transit declarations and freight until final departure from the territory of Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, a similar DTC for the INSTC is being considered within the cooperation framework with the UAE company Abu Dhabi Ports. TCA: As part of the development of the INSTC, the railway administrations of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan are planning to create a joint venture (JV). Tell us about the plans for how it is to be formed. How will shares in the JV be allocated between the countries? MK: Yes, indeed, for the further development of the eastern branch of the INSTC, the participating countries are working to create an equal-term JV between KTZ Express, Russian Railways Logistics, and the Transport and Logistics Center of Turkmenistan. Today, the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran are creating a favorable tariff...