Kyrgyzstan

Country Kyrgyzstan
Capital Bishkek
Continent Asia
Currency Som(KGS)
Languages Kyrgyz & Russian

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Introduction

A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed to Russia in 1876. The Kyrgyz staged a major revolt against the Tsarist Empire in 1916 in which almost one-sixth of the Kyrgyz population was killed. Kyrgyzstan became a Soviet republic in 1936 and achieved independence in 1991 when the USSR dissolved. Nationwide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the ouster of President Askar AKAEV, who had run the country since 1990. Subsequent presidential elections in July 2005 were won overwhelmingly by former prime minister Kurmanbek BAKIEV. Over the next few years, the new president manipulated the parliament to accrue new powers for himself. In July 2009, after months of harassment against his opponents and media critics, BAKIEV won re-election in a presidential campaign that the international community deemed flawed. In April 2010, nationwide protests led to the resignation and expulsion of BAKIEV. He was replaced by Acting President Roza OTUNBAYEVA who called for new elections in six months time. Continuing concerns include: endemic corruption, poor interethnic relations, and terrorism.

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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan to boost cooperation - Xinhua

EurasiaNet

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan to boost cooperation
Xinhua
BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev and visiting Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov discussed vital issues of bilateral cooperation, on Wednesday, the Kyrgyz President's press service reported. Atambayev stressed ...
Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking MissionEurasiaNet
Uzbek-Kyrgyz Reset Is A Success, So FarRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Kyrgyzstan's export of menswear, mineral water and ice cream to EAEU states increased in H1 2017AKIpress (press release) (subscription)

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Can Kyrgyzstan save the snow leopard? - Condé Nast Traveller India

Condé Nast Traveller India

Can Kyrgyzstan save the snow leopard?
Condé Nast Traveller India
Before you jump to conclusions, these are the nicknames given by scientists to snow leopards that inhabit the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a small country being touted as the world's snow-leopard capital. Jessica and James are among the many snow ...

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Kyrgyzstan plans to launch information technologies in healthcare sphere - AKIpress (press release) (subscription)

AKIpress (press release) (subscription)

Kyrgyzstan plans to launch information technologies in healthcare sphere
AKIpress (press release) (subscription)
AKIPRESS.COM - Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan Talantbek Batyraliyev on August 16 met with representatives of the GEMALTO and EST-PROTOTYPE companies on introducing modern information technologies in the healthcare sector, the Ministry reported ...

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Kyrgyzstan: As Hot Political Season Looms, Opposition Leader is Jailed for 8 Years - EurasiaNet

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Kyrgyzstan: As Hot Political Season Looms, Opposition Leader is Jailed for 8 Years
EurasiaNet
Only weeks before Kyrgyzstan is set to hold potentially decisive presidential elections, a court on August 16 sentenced a leading opposition politician to eight years in jail on charges that government critics have described as flimsy. Large ...
Kyrgyzstan opposition leader Tekebaev sentenced to 8 years in prisonTimes of Central Asia (subscription)
Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Convicted Ahead of ElectionVoice of America
Kyrgyz presidential rival handed 8-year sentenceDaily Mail
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty -Anadolu Agency
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A Shaded Path: A Large Format Portrait of Kyrgyzstan - PetaPixel (blog)

A Shaded Path: A Large Format Portrait of Kyrgyzstan
PetaPixel (blog)
Four months in Kyrgyzstan, portraying this unknown country with a large format camera, through faces and landscapes. This work highlights the generational disparities between those nostalgic of an abolished USSR order and modern westernized youths ...



In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities - ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb

In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities
ReliefWeb
A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and ...



Fashion Doyenne Calls For Kyrgyz To 'Blow Up' LGBT Community ... - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Fashion Doyenne Calls For Kyrgyz To 'Blow Up' LGBT Community ...
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
A Kyrgyz fashion-world celebrity has drawn criticism after apparently calling for the mass execution of "nontraditional" sexual minorities and prostitutes in the ...

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45 new Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Kyrgyzstan - AKIpress (press release) (subscription)

AKIpress (press release) (subscription)

45 new Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Kyrgyzstan
AKIpress (press release) (subscription)
During the next two years, these volunteers will work with local English teachers in Kyrgyz universities and secondary schools across Naryn, Issky-Kul, Chui, Talas, Osh and Jalal-Abad supporting the goals of its partner the Ministry of Education and ...

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Uzbek PM due in Kyrgyzstan - AzerNews

AzerNews

Uzbek PM due in Kyrgyzstan
AzerNews
An Uzbek delegation led by Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov will pay a working visit to Kyrgyzstan. During the visit, the delegation will partake in meetings of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz intergovernmental commissions for bilateral cooperation and for delimitation ...
Turkey puts pressure on Kyrgyzstan: Education Ministry on situation related to Sapat schoolsAKIpress (press release) (subscription)

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Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge - The Diplomat

The Diplomat

Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
The Diplomat
As Kyrgyzstan works its way toward election day — about two months away — the field of candidates will begin to narrow. Last week, when the deadline to file passed, there were 59 people who had declared their intention to pursue the presidency and ...