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Chris Rickleton

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Russian-speaking writer living in Bishkek, capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. In the past I have worked with the Kyrgyz youth media portal Kloop.kg and edited The Spektator, an English-language tourist magazine that occasionally – and unwisely – dabbles in politics.

Currently I work as a journalist for the Eppy Award winning website Eurasianet.org, mostly concentrating on Kyrgyz and Central Asian themes, and provide analysis about the local mining sector for London-based companies such as Exclusive Analysis and IHS. I also coordinate and edit the Global Voices Central Asia Interns Project at the American University of Central Asia.

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17 February 2012

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Tajikistan: Tajik Voices Muted in Putin Video Debate

A song apparently dedicated to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has surpassed 1,000,000 hits on YouTube, becoming one of several politicized clips to gain 'viral' status on the RuNet ahead...

13 February 2012

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Kyrgyzstan: Nationalist Politician's Statements Spark Protests

Recent pronouncements by Kyrgyz MPs of a provocative and nationalist character have brought debates about language, identity and self to the top of the Kyrnet’s ‘to blog’ list, and not...

7 February 2012

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Kyrgyzstan: World Bank Country Director Storms Out of Round Table

For Kyrgyzstan-based netizens the story of last week was undoubtedly the sudden and violent meltdown of Alexander Kramer, head of the World Bank's Bishkek office, at a high level government-donor...

3 February 2012

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Kyrgyzstan: “Putin Is a Complex Bio-Robot”

Ex-presidential candidate Arstanbek Abdylaev, scourge of the Kyrgyz Internet, has struck again. In a recent press conference he disclosed his world conspiracy theories, including a claim that Russian Prime Minister,...

24 January 2012

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Kyrgyzstan: MPs Told to Ride the Bus

A suggestion that Kyrgyz MPs should give up their state-funded cars and take a minibus to work has moved netizens towards a reappraisal of what their elected representatives should and...

29 December 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Ravshan Jeenbekov and the Facebook Generation

Of all the divides in Kyrgyzstan’s fractious political society, one too often overlooked is the divide between generations. Unlike the famed North/South schism, which manifests itself in elections and street-protests,...

16 December 2011

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Kyrgyzstan: “There Will Be No Winter”

Governments fall, parliamentary speakers come and go, and as one season fades another always begins. That, at least, was what Kyrgyz Internet users thought prior to former presidential candidate Arstanbek...

5 December 2011

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Kyrgyzstan: President Inaugurated Amidst Ruling Coalition's Collapse

On December 1, 2011, in a ceremony replete with medieval references, Almasbek Atambayev was sworn in as Kyrgyzstan's fourth president, with cannons sounding a peaceful transition between two heads of...

19 August 2011

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Kyrgyzstan: Bloggers Take a Stand Against Manas-pulation

As Kyrgyzstan prepares for its 20th anniversary of independence and subsequent presidential elections, its legendary warrior king Manas is becoming more and more real by the day. Bloggers discuss the...

5 May 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Osama Bin Laden Dies, Bloggers React

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, the remote Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan proved itself a key ally in the United...

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