Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office
With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev should count himself lucky. Instead of being excoriated for the political sins he committed, he is mostly being celebrated for those he didn’t.
The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar
In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A. Spector, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, about her book, Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband
When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local supermarket recently, he did not find his favorite sour cream on the shelves. The brand comes from Kyrgyzstan and is one of the cheapest available.
Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia
It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold on power, sought to destroy Islam in Central Asia and elsewhere in the Soviet Union. But Islam during the Soviet era was not so much eradicated as it was institutionalized and rendered subordinate to the state.
Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy
Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested aspects of its legacy is communism’s supposed emancipation of women.
Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial
Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any of the local political currents at work in 1917, the October Revolution had a profound impact on Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data
An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion in Kyrgyzstan between the government and the winner of this month’s presidential election.
Life in Limbo: Inside Bishkek's Illegal ‘New-Builds’
Hundreds of thousands fled their villages for novostroika slums on the edge of the Kyrgyz capital when the collapse of the Soviet Union killed collective farming. Twenty five years on, the government has reluctantly connected some to water and electricity – but few have sewerage systems or schools.
Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View
The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum on October 1 was more than simply an internal Spanish or European matter. It sent a powerful and damaging message to those living in countries and territories across the former Soviet Union that are experiencing high levels of sectional or interethnic tension.
Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner
Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen if he will really be in charge.
Protégé of Kyrgyzstan’s President Looks Set for Surprise Victory
Preliminary results showed an outright win for Sooronbai Jeenbekov, despite expectations that he would face a runoff with an opposition leader.
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.
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