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Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges
September 14, 2021

Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan will finally hold parliamentary elections in late November, more than a year after a botched election spun the country into political turmoil.

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress
September 07, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress

By Catherine Putz
A pandemic-related influx of Pakistani and other South Asian travelers mixed with Afghanistan worries to produce a xenophobic backlash on social media.
Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs
September 02, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs

By Catherine Putz
The Interior Ministry justified the wiretaps as part of investigations into the October 2020 unrest.

Will Kyrgyzstan’s ‘False Information’ Law Threaten Free Speech?
August 26, 2021

Will Kyrgyzstan’s ‘False Information’ Law Threaten Free Speech?

By Catherine Putz
Japarov signed the bill passed by the parliament last month, but many questions remain about how it will be implemented.

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 

Akayev Asks for Forgiveness Over Kumtor, Flies Back to Russia
August 10, 2021

Akayev Asks for Forgiveness Over Kumtor, Flies Back to Russia

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan’s first president admitted to making mistakes regarding the mine.
Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting
August 05, 2021

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting

By Catherine Putz
Following summits in 2018 and 2019, the 2021 meeting comes amid a great number of regional difficulties and concerns.

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan
August 04, 2021

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

By Ilgiz Kambarov
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament will shrink and change after the next election, expected later this year, under new legislation and a new constitution.

Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained
August 03, 2021

Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained

By Catherine Putz
With another former prime minister arrested, the Kumtor case grows. Meanwhile, some have been released and others kept in custody.

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation
August 03, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation

By Catherine Putz
After 16 years, Askar Akayev returned to Kyrgyzstan in connection with the Kyrgyz state’s growing case against the Canadian mining company Centerra Gold.
Kyrgyz Politician Arrested for Involvement in October Unrest Begins Hunger Strike
July 27, 2021

Kyrgyz Politician Arrested for Involvement in October Unrest Begins Hunger Strike

By Catherine Putz
Jenish Moldokmatov, a harsh critic of President Japarov, is facing charges of orchestrating riots during last October's unrest; the same unrest that saw Japarov rise to power.

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