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Stories about Kyrgyzstan

18 January 2017

All-Woman Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Kyrgyzstan

“They come to us and say, 'We want to see your beer in our restaurant.' We tell them: join the queue.”

17 January 2017

Day of Mourning in Kyrgyzstan After Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.

15 January 2017

Kyrgyz Security Services Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

“Now many Internet users have a common passion — to get on this list."

3 January 2017

Mistaken Identity?: Kyrgyzstan's Name Tarnished in Attack on Istanbul Nightclub that Killed 39

Whatever the truth, the damage to the little-known country's image has already been done.

30 December 2016

Central Asia in 2016: The More Things Change…?

"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."

23 December 2016

Watch TED Fellow Bektour Iskender's Talk on the ‘Mega Force’ of Youth Journalism in Kyrgyzstan

In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.

25 November 2016

Kyrgyzstan's President and the Little Personality Cult that Couldn't

"Atambayev, father of the nation? No, he's some kind of surrogate."

2 November 2016

Viewed from Central Asia, US Democracy Is Looking More and More Like the Region's Own Version

The Bridge

Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.

1 November 2016

Halloween: Ghoulish Fun or Grand Western Conspiracy?

Devil face-masks are no damned joke in certain corners of the former Soviet Union.

29 October 2016

100 Years of Beauty in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.

22 October 2016

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

The Bridge

The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.

22 September 2016

What Central Asian Leaders Can Learn from Ban Ki-moon’s Last Speech as UN Secretary General

"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."

20 September 2016

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.

19 August 2016

Kyrgyzstan Still Hearts the Female Wrestler Who Fell Short at Rio

The fact the country's only medalist lost his bronze for doping has helped to boost her popularity even further.

5 August 2016

A Recipe for the Perfect Kyrgyz Advert: Horses, Mountain Scenery and a Beautiful Woman

"After all, as our ancestors always said, do not ask for a quick horse, ask for a safe journey."

2 August 2016

Kyrgyzstan and the President Who Didn't Want to Be a Dragon

"No, I'm not being harsh on Atambayev. The price of his mediocrity has been extremely high."

29 July 2016

Kyrgyzstan in War of Words (and Billboards) Over Women's Clothing

For some it is about the Islam-secular divide. For others it is about men telling women how they should present their bodies.

15 July 2016

Women Struggle Against Violence in Kyrgyz Society, But How Many Men Will Help Them?

Awareness of sexual violence and sexism is growing in Kyrgyzstan, but not quickly enough.

4 July 2016

Kyrgyzstan’s President Turns Mournful Singer-Songwriter

"This song helped me to beat a path through all the difficulties that befell me in life."

2 July 2016

Will This ‘Toilet Cleaning’ Conflict Between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Ever Stop?

"Yes, maybe we clean toilets, but it is honest work [...] We are just feeding our families and we make a big contribution to Kyrgyzstan's economy."

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