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What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.

After Another Reversal, 16 Parties Set to Stand in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Election
September 10, 2020

After Another Reversal, 16 Parties Set to Stand in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Election

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission had another of its decisions to reject a party's registration reversed by a court.
Survey Says: Kyrgyz Intend to Vote in October But Aren’t Sure For What Party
September 03, 2020

Survey Says: Kyrgyz Intend to Vote in October But Aren’t Sure For What Party

By Catherine Putz
A recent survey indicates that a majority of Kyrgyz intend to vote in October, but they aren't settled on what party they'll ultimately cast a ballot for.

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption
September 01, 2020

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption

By Catherine Putz
At Kyrgyzstan’s muted independence day celebration, a poet-singer called out government corruption in his performance.

Kyrgyzstan’s Political Parties, Paperwork Problems, and a Looming Election
August 26, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Political Parties, Paperwork Problems, and a Looming Election

By Catherine Putz
Seventeen parties submitted documentation to run candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election, set for October 4, but not all will get to run.

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov
August 20, 2020

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov

By Catherine Putz
Atambaeyv’s second trial is still in progress, but previous cases against the former president and his ally, Sapar Isakov, were recently upheld.
Kyrgyzstan and Belarus: Congratulations and Notes of Protest
August 12, 2020

Kyrgyzstan and Belarus: Congratulations and Notes of Protest

By Catherine Putz
One day, a note of congrats for Lukashenko; the next a note of protest because Lukashenko appeared with a wanted former Kyrgyz prime minister.

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request
August 12, 2020

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request

By Catherine Putz
In 2018, Bobomurod Abdullaev walked out of jail in Uzbekistan after a surprising conclusion to a case levied against him by the state. New charges could mark a step backward.

Will Kyrgyzstan Postpone Its October Parliamentary Polls?
July 30, 2020

Will Kyrgyzstan Postpone Its October Parliamentary Polls?

By Ilgiz Kambarov
A date is set, but Kyrgyz citizens have serious concerns about the safety of holding an election amid a pandemic spinning out of control.

Volunteers to the Rescue as Virus Rages in Kyrgyzstan
July 28, 2020

Volunteers to the Rescue as Virus Rages in Kyrgyzstan

By Daria Litvinova
As Kyrgyzstan’s health system collapsed, ordinary people stepped up to help.
The Tragedy of Azimjon Askarov
July 27, 2020

The Tragedy of Azimjon Askarov

By Catherine Putz
Askarov’s story illustrates just how broken Kyrgyzstan’s entire system is. 

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