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Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone
There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty corner of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh province, was awash in booze.
Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet
It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian state strives to build a giant hydropower plant. Representatives of a little-known entity from the Czech Republic, which was the surprise winner of a tender last summer, acknowledged on September 18 that they do not have the money to proceed with the project.
Joy Greets Reopening of Key Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Crossing
On September 6, the Dostuk border crossing between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan fully reopened to the public for the first time since 2010.
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Open New Chapter in Relations
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s early September visit to Kyrgyzstan exceeded expectations, as it settled a long-standing border issue and raised hopes for broader regional economic cooperation.
Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity
Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its population, amid a rowdy polemic about whether the document should include information about the holder’s ethnicity. The issue is particularly sensitive, given the country’s Soviet legacy and its more recent history of inter-ethnic conflict.
Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders
Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms in jail so far in August. Local analysts contend the cases are politically motivated.
Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages
In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year took a punitive approach by filing financially crippling libel suits on his behalf.
St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail
Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold and torture terrorism suspects, according to the lawyers and relatives of a native of Kyrgyzstan who is accused of involvement in the deadly St. Petersburg metro blast on April 3.
Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road
When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have two ideas in mind – that the region has long been the subject of great power rivalry, known since the 19th century as the ‘Great Game,’ and that prior to that, for over 2,000 years, the region was at the heart of a major trade route connecting China and Europe, known as the ‘Silk Road.’
The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: The Changing Situation of Central Asian Labor Migrants in Russia
The Case for Xenophilia
A writer walks across the globe and total strangers help him stay healthy and safe.
Bomb Defused in St. Petersburg as 8 Held in Connection With Metro Attack
The news added to an already tense atmosphere the second-biggest city in Russia, which until Monday had been spared from any major terrorist attacks.
St. Petersburg Bomber Said to Be Man From Kyrgyzstan; Death Toll Rises
Kyrgyz officials said Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, was a member of the Uzbek minority in the southern city of Osh who had received Russian citizenship in 2011 through his father.
Cargo Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan
A Boeing 747 cargo jet owned by a Turkish airline and en route to Istanbul from Hong Kong crashed into a village near the capital, Bishkek, killing at least 30.
Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes Into Village in Kyrgyzstan, Killing Dozens
The plane was approaching the airport in Bishkek, the capital, when it struck a cluster of houses.
London Rolls Out the Blood-Red Carpet for Kleptocrats
Britain has allowed its capital to become a playground for oligarchs and their ill-gotten gains. Only a Magnitsky law can quell the corruption.
Suicide Bomber Wounds 3 in Kyrgyzstan
The Foreign Ministry of China has condemned the bombing at the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, and has urged the Kyrgyzstan government to investigate thoroughly.
Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
Three people were wounded in the assault, which the Central Asian country’s government called “a terrorist act.”
Moscow Warehouse Fire Kills at Least 17 Migrant Workers
Most of the warehouse’s workers were from Kyrgyzstan, and a Kyrgyz representative in Moscow said all of the victims were young women.
Turkey Says Airport Bombers Were From Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Uzbekistan
Officials have blamed the Islamic State for the attack in which dozens were killed, and raids and arrests have been carried out across the country.
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