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 - Wikipedia
kyrgyzstan - CIA World Fact Book
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3rd biennial World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: smoke-free - World Health Organization

World Health Organization

3rd biennial World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: smoke-free
World Health Organization
For the first time in its history, the World Nomad Games were declared a smoke-free event. The third edition of the games was hosted by Kyrgyzstan on 2–8 September 2018. In Kyrgyzstan, nearly half of the male population smoke and it is one of the ...



Russian, Kyrgyz Troops To Hold Counterterror Drills In Eastern ... - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Russian, Kyrgyz Troops To Hold Counterterror Drills In Eastern ...
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
BISHKEK -- Some 2,000 Russia and Kyrgyz troops are getting ready to launch joint counterterrorism exercises in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The September 26 ...

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Main stage of CIS joint anti-terror drills kicks off in Kyrgyzstan ... - Xinhua

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Main stage of CIS joint anti-terror drills kicks off in Kyrgyzstan ...
Xinhua
BISHKEK, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The active stage of the joint anti-terrorism exercise "Issyk-Kul Anti-terror 2018" by member states of the Commonwealth of ...
Russian Su-25 assault aircraft force a hijacked plane to land within international drills in KyrgyzstanAKIpress (press release)

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ADB approves new partnership strategy for Kyrgyzstan - Xinhua ... - Xinhua

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ADB approves new partnership strategy for Kyrgyzstan - Xinhua ...
Xinhua
People visit the sand table of the Iskra Asia agro-industrial cooperation zone at the village of Iskra in Chuy valley, Kyrgyzstan, Jan. 6, 2017. (Xinhua/Roman).
ADB approves new partnership strategy for Kyrgyzstan - Ecns.cnecns
ADB approves new partnership strategy for Kyrgyzstan - China.org.cnChina.org.cn
ADB approves new partnership strategy for KyrgyzstanChina Economic Net

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Delivery of emergency health kits to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan - Reliefweb

Delivery of emergency health kits to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan
Reliefweb
WHO handed over kits consisting of essential medicines and medical supplies for 20 000 people for a period of 3 months to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan. The kits, delivered on 13 September 2018, will help the Ministry of Health and local health ...



Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan: Goat polo hits the big screen - EurasiaNet

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Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan: Goat polo hits the big screen
EurasiaNet
The film, released on September 20 under the titles “Time of the Stalwarts” in Kazakhstan and “Kok Boru” in Kyrgyzstan (kokpar in Kyrgyz), follows the universal theme of little guys standing up to the big guys, whilst also touching on some contentious ...

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Two extremesKyrgyzstan resorts to radical tactics against radical Islamists - The Economist

The Economist

Two extremesKyrgyzstan resorts to radical tactics against radical Islamists
The Economist
According to the authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic of 6m people, they are all “extremist material”. Anyone found to be in possession of such dangerous stuff faces a minimum prison sentence of three years. Human Rights Watch (HRW), ...



Kyrgyzstan delegation visit canceled - Wallowa County Cheiftain

Wallowa County Cheiftain

Kyrgyzstan delegation visit canceled
Wallowa County Cheiftain
“Unfortunately, the U.S. Consul General in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, informed the exchange participants late Friday evening (their time) that their visas were revoked,” said Hale, who had been coordinating the visit. “I contacted Oregon's U.S. Senators and ...



Kyrgyzstan: Abusive Crackdowns on 'Extremist' Material - Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Kyrgyzstan: Abusive Crackdowns on 'Extremist' Material
Human Rights Watch
(Bishkek) – Kyrgyzstan is convicting hundreds of people for possessing videos, pamphlets, and books that it has banned using a dangerously overbroad definition of extremism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Offenders are sentenced to ...
Rights Monitor Slams Kyrgyzstan For 'Dangerously Overbroad' Crackdown On ExtremismRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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BSC opens school in Kyrgyzstan capital - The PIE News

The PIE News

BSC opens school in Kyrgyzstan capital
The PIE News
Speaking about the new venture, owner of BSC Kyrgyzstan, Ryskul Ashymkanova said: “We are very excited to be able to offer high-quality BSC programs locally. We are committed to providing the very best for our students and this is a great opportunity ...