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Akyn Askat Zhetigen Sentenced to 3 Years by Kyrgyz Court

Akyn Askat Zhetigen Sentenced to 3 Years by Kyrgyz Court

By Catherine Putz
The musician’s social commentary is entirely within the grand tradition of Kyrgyz akyns going back centuries. But speaking up is risky business in Kyrgyzstan these days. 
Turning Out for Bishkek’s Trolleybuses

Turning Out for Bishkek’s Trolleybuses

By Colleen Wood
Activists and Bishkek government officials are pushing back on the mayor’s office’s swift move to get rid of the city’s trolleybuses.

Counting Underway on Mongolia’s Parliamentary Election Marked by Efforts to Woo Disillusioned Voters

Counting Underway on Mongolia’s Parliamentary Election Marked by Efforts to Woo Disillusioned Voters

By Ken Moritsugu
With about 88 percent of the votes counted, the Mongolian People’s Party was leading, but the Democratic Party appeared to be doing better than the last election.

Kyrgyzstan’s Hot (Mess) Transport Summer

Kyrgyzstan’s Hot (Mess) Transport Summer

By Colleen Wood
A number of initiatives to shake up public transport in Bishkek have come to a head this summer.

Kyrgyzstan, EU Sign Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement 

Kyrgyzstan, EU Sign Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement 

By Catherine Putz
Five years after concluding negotiations, Kyrgyzstan is the second Central Asian country to sign an enhanced partnership agreement with the European Union.
Kazakh Lawmaker Says Astana Won’t Extradite Suspects in Sadyqov Case

Kazakh Lawmaker Says Astana Won’t Extradite Suspects in Sadyqov Case

By Catherine Putz
The Kazakhstan-Ukraine extradition treaty provides for refusal to extradite a country’s own citizens, but does obligate one side, if requested by the other, to pursue prosecution itself.

New Amendments Target Parents Seeking Islamic Education for Children in Uzbekistan

New Amendments Target Parents Seeking Islamic Education for Children in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Saida
If enacted, a new draft law will add fines and possible jail time for parents that seek illegal Islamic education for their children. 
Ukraine to Seek Extradition of Suspects in Shooting of Kazakh Journalist in Kyiv

Ukraine to Seek Extradition of Suspects in Shooting of Kazakh Journalist in Kyiv

By Catherine Putz
Outspoken critic of the Kazakh government Aidos Sadyqov was shot in the head on June 18. His attackers allegedly fled back to Kazakhstan.

Mongolia-EU Relations Are Gaining Momentum

Mongolia-EU Relations Are Gaining Momentum

By Bolor Lkhaajav
As the two sides celebrate 35 years of diplomatic ties, Mongolia’s relationship with Europe is breaking new ground.

Uzbek Lawmakers Take Aim at ‘Undesirable’ Foreigners

Uzbek Lawmakers Take Aim at ‘Undesirable’ Foreigners

By Catherine Putz
A draft law seeks to guard Uzbekistan’s sovereignty by ousting foreigners who incite enmity or insult the dignity of the country. 

Prosecutor in Kyrgyzstan Seeks 8 Year Sentence for Akyn Askat Zhetigen

Prosecutor in Kyrgyzstan Seeks 8 Year Sentence for Akyn Askat Zhetigen

By Catherine Putz
In the grand tradition of Kyrgyz akyns going back centuries, Zhetigen’s crime appears to be sharing his opinions with sharp words.
Kazakh Betting Law Saga Continues

Kazakh Betting Law Saga Continues

By Adilbek Abdulov
Once signed into law, the Kazakh government will essentially discharge the most significant regulatory responsibilities in the betting industry to an unknown entity.

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