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Stories about Kyrgyzstan

17 August 2015

Kyrgyz Rappers Trash Bribe-Takers in Hip-Hop News Segment

"There are no clean people on this old stage."

25 June 2015

Kazakhstan Fears Mosquitoes Will Mar EXPO-2017

"The overwhelming tendency of our people is towards all that is ostentatious - most important is not to lose face in front of guests."

19 June 2015

‘The Outsiders': Hungarian Photographer Tamas Paczai Captures Football Fever at Kyrgyzstan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier

Some fans perched on light towers, others scaled fences. An estimated 10,000 more fans crowded outside the gates. Then there was the mob on the rooftop of an adjacent building.

17 June 2015

‘The Worst Crowd Control I Have Ever Seen': Football Match Versus Australia Highlights Kyrgyzstan's Public Order Problems

"Here we observe the elemental lawlessness, disorganisation and all-out anarchy in this country."

29 May 2015

How Kyrgyzstan's Favourite Fermented Drink Became a National Symbol

'I started to save money for a car, but couldn't resist the temptation to buy Shoro.'

18 May 2015

HIV/AIDS Corruption Is a Business for Central Asian Bureaucrats

"The whole system is corrupt, starting with the government. The fish rots from the head."

13 March 2015

Strangled with Her Own Scarf: A Student's Murder Haunts Kyrgyz Society

As the anniversary of 19-year-old Camilla Duishebaeva's murder approaches, many believe the investigation has been deliberately impeded.

7 January 2015

Welcome to #TheWildEast and Vocativ.com's Kyrg Republic: A Land That Does Not Exist

Vocativ, "a new type of media company" has released an orientalist documentary about "a part of the world that you didn't know you needed to know about.": Krygyzstan (sic).

5 January 2015

Nationalist Vigilante Group in Kyrgyzstan Targets Chinese Expatriates and Suspected Sex Workers

A vigilante group with apparent ties to Kyrgyzstan's weak government is unrepentant after its members physically intimidated and lectured girls they believed were selling themselves to Chinese businessmen.

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

25 December 2014

Citizens Battle Government for the Right to Decorate Kyrgyzstan's Main Festive Tree

The municipal government of Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, has produced a festive fail this year by decorating its New Year tree with tacky-looking plastic discs. Residents are angry.

11 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

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A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

24 November 2014

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

21 November 2014

Thousands of Miles Away From Ebola, Kazakh Scientists Promise a Vaccine

Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.

17 November 2014

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

21 October 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Historical Matriarch Makes a Bid for an Oscar

The seven figure budget of Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains may not raise eyebrows in Hollywood, but in Kyrgyzstan the film has divided movie-goers and spurred an Oscar charge.

9 October 2014

Eating Central Asian Plov in New York and London

Plov, a Central Asian meat, rice and carrot staple, is becoming a delicacy in London and New York, where regional culinary traditions are pleasing locals and expatriates alike.

7 October 2014

Central Asia's First Ladies: Heard But Not Seen?

Are the wives of Central Asia's authoritarian presidents the power behind the throne or just highly placed women subject to the same raw deal as many others in the region?

22 September 2014

Central Asia and South Korea Are More Connected Than You Might Think

South Korea is an unheralded but important partner to the post-Soviet states of Central Asia, serving both as a destination for Central Asian migrants and a source of regional trade.

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