It’s not only mighty militaries that make countries strong.
Plus, Macedonian pupils borrow a protest lesson from university students, and a town in Uzbekistan demolishes a Soviet war memorial.
Plus, Spain refuses to extradite a Kazakhstani dissident and speculation about a political murder plot galvanizes Albania.
Plus, Poland becomes the latest Russian neighbor to revive military conscription, and Tajikistan tries a go-easy approach with Islamic State fighters.
Plus, Azerbaijan moves to shore up its currency and the maker of Russia’s AK-47 plans to diversify.
Plus, Montenegro approves a broad surveillance law and Romania’s universities start to empty out.
Plus, an Armenian opposition leader lashes out at heavy-handed government tactics, and Kazakhstan’s loyal politicos urge snap presidential elections.
Plus, cash-strapped Mongolia asks for IMF assistance, and Turkmenistanis line up to buy dollars as economic bad news mounts.
Plus, Merkel urges Hungary’s Orban to respect dissent, and crowdfunders aim to save a Belarus bookstore from a crippling fine.
Plus, aid agencies criticize travel restrictions on Ukraine’s separatist zones, and uranium-rich Kazakhstan mulls the benefits of nuclear power.
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