Latest posts by Atai Muratbekov
A Comic Book Superhero With a Kyrgyz Flavour
Kyrgyz superhero fans will soon have comic books and cartoon films featuring a 'national' fictional character, Barsbek. But some netizens argue that the Central Asian superhero looks too much like Spider-Man.
Journalist's Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan: Bad Joke or Crime?
She was abducted at gunpoint and taken blindfolded to a deserted area. She was then ordered to undress partially as several men threatened to rape and kill her. Afterwards, she was told this was all a joke.
Kyrgyzstan: Child Abduction Caught on Tape
A spine-chilling video caught on a CCTV camera in a small provincial town in Kyrgyzstan appears to depict an abduction of an 11-month-old child in a crowded market place. The video has become a focal point for discussion among Kyrgyzstani netizens, with many blaming the child's mother for neglect and even complicity in the abduction.
Kyrgyz Female Wrestler – Hooligan or Olympic Heroine?
Aisuluu Tynybekova, a young female wrestler from Kyrgyzstan, has been named as the country's "best hope to bring home a medal” from the London Olympics. But back home, she faces a criminal charge of “hooliganism”.
Kyrgyzstan: Caught Between Nationalists, Court Fines Journalist
In a controversial case, a court in Kyrgyzstan has fined Vladimir Farafonov, an ethnic Russian journalist, for publishing articles that allegedly incite national hatred. Netizens are divided in their assessment of the court ruling. While some believe that the journalist deserved a harsher punishment, others argue that the verdict sets a dangerous precedent.