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Stories about Kyrgyzstan

9 September 2014

Will Kyrgyzstan's Winter Be a Blackout Again?

Since the beginning of summer the Kyrgyz government has been warning of coming electricity shortages. With autumn already here, many Kyrgyzstanis are anticipating the arrival of a cold, dark winter.

27 August 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Soviet-era Poster Child Gets an iPad

Semyon Chuikov's 1948 painting "Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia" was once so popular it became a post stamp. Sixty-six years later Chuikov's muse is getting repainted with an iPad and earphones.

11 August 2014

Kyrgyz President Gatecrashes (New) Turkish President's Party

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly elected president, he had a surprise guest to help him celebrate. Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev became an overnight Twitter celebrity in Turkey.

7 August 2014

Central Asia's Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” with Suspicion

In recent years Turkish serials have amassed a worldwide following. In Central Asia, however, government officials are reluctant to give them air time.

31 July 2014

All Aboard! This is Landlocked Kyrgyzstan's Train to the Coast!

The train to the seaside is a time-honored tradition in countries across the world. Even countries like Kyrgyzstan, that don't have a sea.

17 July 2014

The World Shouts #FreeAlexSodiqov During Global Vigil

Global Voices' community member Alexander Sodiqov is not a British spy. And #FreeAlexSodiqov is an international movement. This vigil - a month after his arrest - proves it.

15 July 2014

More Fallout From Yet Another Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Shootout

"Enclaves", "exclaves" and border shootouts undermine relations between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest states. The latest fatal flare up caused a death and several injuries.

18 June 2014

9 Quietly Profound Photos From Kyrgyzstan That Foreshadow Central Asia's Water Wars

By 2030, nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of “high water stress."

9 June 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Anti-Gay Bill Preserves “Historical Values”, Violates Constitution

Kyrgyz lawmakers will soon vote on "mystical" legislation set to make life even more challenging for the country's harassed LGBT community. But don't they have more important things to do?

2 June 2014

It Never Rains in Central Asia, But When it Does, it Pours

May 30-31 saw flash floods and wild winds come to Central Asia, exposing the region's creaking Soviet-era infrastructure and causing the tragic death of a man in Kyrgyzstan.

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