Stories about Kyrgyzstan
In the wake of a contested election, Kyrgyzstan’s civil society activists, opponent politicians, and independent journalists are being heavily targeted online — with help from the country’s post-crisis leader.
As Kyrgyzstan struggles with the economic fallout of the coronavirus, ordinary citizens are organising on an impressive scale — delivering food to the poor and surgical masks to doctors.
A political thaw is underway in a nation eagerly going online — providing the perfect opportunity for the Uzbek language to thrive in new and unexpected ways.
Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation
The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.
The government says it has revoked the license of a company planning to mine in the Issyk-Kul region that is a beloved tourism spot.
Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.
A nationalist vigilante group had pledged to break up the rally but the event went ahead without interruption.
The schools are among the best in Kyrgyzstan but have powerful enemies, including Turkey, and a reputation for secrecy.
A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.
"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."
Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.
"As soon as he got on the phone, all he could talk about was the heat inside the jail."
“There are no fairytale weddings in my stories and no handsome prince. None of my characters are especially waiting for him, either.”
"We gave meat to everybody that passed, explaining that the food was from God."
"Take that patriarchs! A woman scientist is saving lives while you make judgements on how to correctly collect dirty socks!"
"What we have shown is that government servers that process and handle the data of citizens of Kyrgyzstan … was hosting an election campaign website that was collating similar data."
In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.
A real election in a region where that doesn't usually happen.
Seasoned autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev is finally participating in a competitive presidential election. (Just not in his own country).