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Elita Bakirova

I like writing about Central Asian countries and I am convinced that all the voices should be heard

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Latest posts by Elita Bakirova

Dota 2 stormed Kyrgyzstan's state opera house and left a trail of destruction in its wake

A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.

Has Kyrgyzstan's new fine for spitting violated the country's ‘social contract'?

"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

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.

Kyrgyzstan's ‘Jailoos’ Are More Than Mere Mountain Meadows. They Are a Way of Life.

Welcome to the magical place where many people in the Central Asian country still spend their summers.

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.

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.'

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