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Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues
March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.
Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan
March 18, 2020

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan

By Laura Mills
In Kyrgyzstan, there are people serving time for a crime no longer in the books. 

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry
March 05, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry

By Catherine Putz
A former Kyrgyz lawmaker has been detained after a rally in support of a different jailed former parliamentarian went awry this past weekend.

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears
March 04, 2020

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears

By Catherine Putz
To date, Central Asia has no confirmed cases of the virus but the region's countries are certainly concerned.

Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy
February 29, 2020

Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy

By Kristen Cheriegate
A visa ban for Kyrgyz citizens stems from a lack of biometric passports and poor communication, issues which can be addressed with deeper cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?
February 28, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?

By Colleen Wood
Recent electoral reforms could incentivize corrupt campaigning, but is the answer to overhaul the new rules?
Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field
February 25, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will have parliamentary elections in October; party fractionalization means the race is anyone’s game.

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests
February 20, 2020

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests

By Catherine Putz
A deal with China to build a $275 million logistics center in Naryn region has been cancelled. 

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation
February 13, 2020

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation

By Catherine Putz
A customs official named in the bombshell OCCRP, RFE/RL, and Kloop investigation last year is reportedly under official investigation.

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others
February 04, 2020

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan is among six countries hit with new visa restrictions by the United States.
Libel Lawsuit Moves Ahead Against Kyrgyz Media Outlets
January 30, 2020

Libel Lawsuit Moves Ahead Against Kyrgyz Media Outlets

By Catherine Putz
One outlet has been dropped from the Matraimov lawsuit, but RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and Kloop remain in the crosshairs.

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