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Stories about Kyrgyzstan

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."

29 June 2016

Zanoza.kg: Rising from the Wreckage of Kyrgyzstan's Largest Russian-Language Newspaper

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"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."

11 June 2016

Let Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul Region Inspire You

Because how could it not?

2 June 2016

What a Vote on Islamic Marriage Blessings Says About Politics in Kyrgyzstan

"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"

15 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.

14 May 2016

Kyrgyz Musicians Deliver a Stirring Rendition of Game of Thrones’ Opening Theme

Watching this on loop might just be the perfect between-episodes-fix for compulsive addicts of the cult HBO show.

14 March 2016

Kyrgyzstan Keeps Half an Eye on Renewables

Demand for renewables is growing in a country where the Soviet-era energy system is visibly wilting.

21 February 2016

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

16 February 2016

Kyrgyz Journalist Loses ‘One Som’ Court Case Against His Country's President

When it comes to conflicts between the state and journalists, Kyrgyz defamation suits are not a two way street.

5 February 2016

Did Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Fall for Spam Scam?

"During my free time I read about you and learn how to be successful."

28 January 2016

The Rest of the World Is Finally Noticing the Touristic Charms of Central Asia

Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.

14 January 2016

Taxicab Confessions, Kyrgyz Style: Lawmakers Get Behind the Wheel to Chat With Voters

A public relations move, probably, but it's significant in the context of Central Asia, a region characterized by authoritarian politics.

9 January 2016

Kyrgyzstan Staged its First Opera Flash Mob in a Bishkek Supermarket. It Was Magical.

"People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's opera, La Traviata."

8 January 2016

In Kyrgyzstan, a Foreigner’s ‘Horse Penis’ Faux Pas Exposes Cultural Rift

"At the root of the story is a profound problem [...] the fundamental lack of mutual understanding between Kyrgyz- and Russian-speaking sections of the population."

4 January 2016

Kyrgyz Laugh, Cry, Fume After British Miner's Crass Horse Penis Joke Goes Horribly Schlong

Michael Mcfeat will soon learn whether or not he will face criminal proceedings for falsely claiming the Central Asian country treats horse penis as a delicacy.

29 December 2015

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

20 December 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Take on Buzzfeed Generates Complaints (and Views) with Gender Stereotyping Listicles

'The ideal 'kelin' pours tea with her right hand, but never a full cup.'

15 December 2015

Kyrgyzstan’s Madding Online Crowd Targets Dolphinarium

“Dolphins love doing these tricks. If you see how they jump when they are in the sea, they’re just doing the same thing here.”

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