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Complex International Web Entangles Weapon Cargo Seized in Thailand

22 January 2010

Associated Press

SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan - The trail of the plane seized in Thailand last month for reportedly smuggling North Korean weapons to Iran leads back to a small air freight company housed near an old Soviet airfield on the edge of the Kazakh steppe. The aging Russian plane's odyssey took it through a web of companies, financiers and air cargo carriers with addresses stretching from New York through the Persian Gulf to New Zealand, an Associated Press investigation has... (

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Ukraine,Thailand,Russia,Serbia,Kazakhstan,North Korea,Belarus

Ex-Soviet Pilots, Aircraft Ship Weapons for Global Gun Running Networks

17 December 2009

Time (USA)

KIEV -- It was no ordinary smuggling bust. On Dec. 11, an old Russian plane landed in Thailand to refuel after taking off hours earlier from Pyongyang, North Korea. In its hull, police found 35 tons of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and components for surface-to-air missiles, all being transported from North Korea in breach of U.N. sanctions. The captain and his crew were promptly arrested and charged with illegally transporting arms. But according to experts,... (

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Police Seize 186 Illegal Firearms Since January in Northern Tajikistan

12 September 2009

Asia-Plus Online (Dushanbe)

KHUJAND — A total of 186 firearms have been seized in (northern) Sughd Region since the beginning of this year. The regional interior department told the Asia-Plus news agency that 180 pieces of firearms were seized during the same period of the last year. The source said that the weapons were seized from illegal circulation by police officers and voluntarily handed over by the residents of northern Tajikistan. "The seized weapons include two assault rifles, one... (

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Belarus Ratifies CIS Accord on Illegal Gun, Ammunition Trade

30 May 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Belapan (Minsk), Transcript

MINSK — Belarusian MPs have agreed to ratify the agreement on cooperation between the CIS member-states in counteracting illegal production and sales of firearms, ammunition, explosive substances and devices. Belarusian Deputy Interior Minister Syarhey Hureyew said that the agreement was signed on 14 November 2008 in Chisinau by Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to ensure effective joint struggle against crime, including... (

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Inspection of Licensed Kazakh Gun Owners Yields 747 Illegal Weapons

7 April 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax (Kazakhstan)

During the Karu (Weapon) operation, the police seized 747 weapons kept illegally by people in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh Interior Ministry's press service has said. In particular, the police seized 49 rifled weapons, including 39 rifles and 4 pistols, as well as 547 smooth-bore weapons, including 98 "sawn-off shotguns", says a report issued by the press service today. A total of 40 gas-spray guns, 60 traumatic weapons, 23 home-made weapons and six converted gas-spray guns... (

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60 Guns Seized, 600 Violations Found Among 6,000 Kazakh Gun Owners

12 September 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Kazakhstan Today, Transcript

A total of 60 pieces of illegal firearms have been seized in Almaty during the preventive operation "Karu", Kazakhstan Today news agency reports, with reference to the press service of the Almaty internal affairs department. According to the press service, during preventive operations codenamed "Karu", the police check all those who posses registered guns, as well as specialized shops and security firms. The so called criminal elements and registered contingent, who... (

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Central Asia's Guns-for-drugs Trade Helps Arm Insurgents Worldwide

7 July 2008

Rome News-Tribune (Georgia) / McClatchy-Tribune News Service

BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan — The bazaar sits on a small island in the middle of the Panj River, the shallow waterway that serves as the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. On either side loom the Pamir Mountains, a range of high peaks that cuts the region off from the rest of the world. When the bazaar first opened five years ago, people on both sides of the border cheered the opportunity for commerce to flourish between the two countries. And flourish it has:... (

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Unregistered Rifles, Pistols Collected in North Kazakhstan Gun Buyback

11 May 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring (Astana) / Kazinform, Transcript

During a campaign to voluntarily hand in unregistered rifles, pistols and explosives to police in [Kazakhstan's northern] Pavlodar Region, people brought 611 weapons, a Kazinform [news agency] correspondent has reported. Police valued the arsenal at 3.79m tenge [over 30,000 dollars], Maskhat Yeshmuratov, deputy head of the public security directorate of the [regional] interior affairs department, said. The explosives, which were brought [to police], included a mine... (

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Former Soviet States Plan Database of Gun Runners, Illicit Arms Dealers

11 April 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax, Transcript

A joint CIS database of transnational criminal groups involved in illegal arms trafficking will be created, the press service of the Minsk-based CIS Executive Committee has told Interfax. "This is stipulated by a draft agreement on cooperation in combating the illegal manufacturing and sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices, which has been discussed by the committee's expert group," the press service said. Chief of the committee's anti-crime... (

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Kazakhstan Legislates for Gun, Ammunition Amnesty, Buyback, Destruction

15 January 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax, Transcript

The law on buying firearms, ammunition and explosives that are in illegal possession of population, if people voluntarily hand over these weapons, comes into force as of 1 January 2008, the head of the Kazakh Interior Ministry's press service, Bagdat Kozhakhmetov has said. "With the aim of ensuring public safety and preventing crimes committed with the use of firearms, the law stipulating buying firearms, ammunition and explosives in illegal possession of the... (

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Tajikistan Reports Over 200 Guns Seized in Tajik North in First Half of 2007

22 July 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Asia Plus News, Transcript

Internal affairs officers in [northern] Sughd Region have confiscated 205 firearms from local residents in the first half of this year. A source in the regional internal affairs directorate told Asia-Plus that the figure was less by 10 compared to the same period of 2006 (215). The source said that among 205 firearms there were three assault rifles, six pistols, nine rifled-barrel guns and 187 smooth-bore guns. "Furthermore, six hand grenades and 2,015 various... (

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Small Arms in Kyrgyzstan: Post-revolutionary Gun Trade and Proliferation

20 March 2007

ReliefWeb / Small Arms Survey, Web Page

The ousting of President Askar Akaev from power in March 2005 has resulted in a deteriorating security situation and an increase in the demand for and use of small arms in Kyrgyzstan. The Small Arms Survey study published in 2004 (MacFarlane and Torjesen, 2004) found that small arms were less of a problem in Kyrgyzstan than commonly assumed: few families owned arms; demand was limited; and trafficking was modest. While the proliferation of small arms may pose a... (

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Kyrgyz Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Themselves to Carry Guns

14 December 2006

Itar-Tass (Russia)

BISHKEK — Kyrgyz lawmakers on Thursday approved a law allowing them to possess firearms. Most of the deputies believe that they need arms for self-defense. Opposition lawmakers repeatedly stated that they had been often threatened by unidentified persons. The law provides for lawmakers' keeping firearms after quitting office. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev refused to sign the bill several days ago, but the parliamentarians overcame his veto on Thursday. The issue... (

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Kyrgyzstan Loosens Gun Law, Allows Shooting to Protect Private Property

16 November 2006

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Businessmen in Kyrgyzstan have welcomed a new law making it legal for them to use weapons to defend their property. However, there are a number of grey areas in the law which NBCentralAsia commentators say need to be defined more clearly — including what actually constitutes property, and what the police and courts should do when a violent incident takes place. On November 14, the Kyrgyz parliament passed a bill amending current criminal and civil legislation to... (

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Somali Leader Orders Surrender of 'Every Single Gun' as More Arrive by Air

1 August 2006

Associated Press

BAIDOA, Somalia — Somalia's president told residents of the only town his government controls Tuesday that they have a week to give up their weapons or "every single gun" would be seized by force. President Abdullahi Yusuf said his government would pay people for any arms surrendered and that details of the disarmament plan would be released Wednesday. He did not say why his government decided on the measure, but two lawmakers have been shot in Baidoa, 155 miles... (

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Somalis Watch Helplessly as Kazakhstan Cargo Plane Flies in More Guns

26 July 2006

Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's virtually powerless government said a cargo plane that landed at the capital's airport Wednesday morning was carrying weapons for Islamic militants who have seized control of much of southern Somalia. The Ilyushin-76 was only the second aircraft to land at Mogadishu International Airport in more than a decade of anarchy here, demonstrating the Islamic militia's total control of the capital. A spokesman for the country's official... (

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Small Arms Race in Kyrgyzstan is a Growing Concern for Authorities

8 June 2006

IRIN (UN News)

OSH, Kyrgyzstan — The spread of small arms in Kyrgyzstan has become a growing concern for government officials and law enforcement agencies responsible for combating rising crime in the Central Asian state. "The problem is clear: illegal proliferation of small arms has a tendency to grow. This becomes a threat to public order and results in the growth of criminal incidents and assassinations," said Col. Ravshan Abdukarimov, deputy chief of staff at the Kyrgyz... (

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Hunting Guns: A Country Awash With Guns?

9 March 2004

Transitions Online

It is commonly believed that Central Asia is awash with arms and that gun possession and trading is linked to other security problems in the region: trafficking in drugs and people, the criminalization of the police and security forces, religious fundamentalism, and ethnic rivalries. One influential report, published in 2002 by the UN's Institute for Disarmament Research, suggested that "the existence of a considerable infrastructure for illicit small-arms trafficking... (

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New Report Shoots Down Assumptions About Gun Proliferation

1 March 2004

Times of Central Asia

KYRGYZSTAN — A new report counters preconceptions that Central Asia is a "hotbed of gun proliferation and misuse." The study uses Kyrgyzstan as a case study and finds that, despite suffering from socio-economic problems and ethnic tensions, there is little evidence that this has led to increasing violence and gun proliferation. Neil MacFarlane is a professor of international relations at Oxford University in Britain and the co-author of the report, titled "Kyrgyzstan:... (

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Central Asia,Kyrgyzstan,Afghanistan,Uzbekistan,Kazakhstan,Tajikistan

New Report Shoots Down Assumptions About Arms Proliferation

27 February 2004

Radio Free Europe (Czech Republic)

PRAGUE — A new report counters preconceptions that Central Asia is a "hotbed of gun proliferation and misuse." The study uses Kyrgyzstan as a case study and finds that, despite suffering from socio-economic problems and ethnic tensions, there is little evidence that this has led to increasing violence and gun proliferation. "Some states are better than others at controlling small arms. But they are nonetheless vulnerable in key issues such as border control. The... (

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