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Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 
February 26, 2021

Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 

By Colleen Wood
Local polls scheduled for April 11 will offer clues about the country’s future political trajectory.

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead
February 22, 2021

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov, who pleaded guilty to corruption earlier this month and got off with a fine, may face new charges.
Lack of Transparency Marks Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Reform Quest
January 29, 2021

Lack of Transparency Marks Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Reform Quest

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s new president wants to open a “new page in history” with constitutional reform, but what exactly will it look like?

Japarov Sworn in as Kyrgyz President, Promising Prosperity and a ‘Dictatorship of Law’
January 29, 2021

Japarov Sworn in as Kyrgyz President, Promising Prosperity and a ‘Dictatorship of Law’

By Catherine Putz
“Our goal is to create a society with a dictatorship of the law, where justice and prosperity reign,” Japarov said in his inaugural remarks

Matraimov Corruption Trial to Begin February 3
January 27, 2021

Matraimov Corruption Trial to Begin February 3

By Catherine Putz
Will Japarov’s economic amnesty allow Matraimov to avoid jail time?

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?
January 16, 2021

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
Sadyr Japarov’s rise to power and a return to presidentialism demonstrate the limits of democracy promotion in Kyrgyzstan.

Public Opinion Survey Polls Kyrgyz on Upcoming Election Questions
December 29, 2020

Public Opinion Survey Polls Kyrgyz on Upcoming Election Questions

By Catherine Putz
When asked in early December which politicians they trusted, 48 percent of surveyed Kyrgyz said Sadyr Japarov -- 31 percent said they trusted no politicians.
Trouble in Kyrgyzstan: Assessing the October 2020 Crisis
October 09, 2020

Trouble in Kyrgyzstan: Assessing the October 2020 Crisis

By Ankit Panda
Catherine Putz explains the background to Kyrgyzstan’s October 2020 crisis.

Kyrgyzstan Could Ultimately Vote ‘Against All’ in the Parliamentary Polls
September 30, 2020

Kyrgyzstan Could Ultimately Vote ‘Against All’ in the Parliamentary Polls

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will elect a new parliament this weekend – why is it so hard to forecast the outcome?  

After Brawls and Protests, Kyrgyzstan’s Campaigns Near Election Day
September 29, 2020

After Brawls and Protests, Kyrgyzstan’s Campaigns Near Election Day

By Catherine Putz
Despite a campaign marked by scandals and upheavals, the outcome of the October 4 election is refreshingly difficult to predict.

Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill
July 01, 2020

Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill

By Colleen Wood
Will protests be enough to convince Kyrgyzstan’s president to veto a bill that would restrict freedom of speech online?
11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev
June 23, 2020

11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev

By Catherine Putz
Atambayev faces an additional, ongoing trial related to the violence that erupted when the state tried to detain him in August 2019.

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