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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.

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.

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.

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.
What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?
December 27, 2019

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president discussed hot topics -- corruption, development, free speech -- at his second annual press conference.

A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
August 29, 2019

A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians

By Catherine Putz
A litigious air has swept Kyrgyzstan: It's hard to keep track of who has been detained and who could be next.

Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam
August 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam

By Elmurat Ashiraliev
Kyrgyz authorities profess a separation of state and religion while also paradoxically preferring one version of Islam.

The Failure of Atambayev’s Planned Power Transition
August 23, 2019

The Failure of Atambayev’s Planned Power Transition

By Temur Umarov
Unlike in Russia and Kazakhstan, an effort in Kyrgyzstan to carefully orchestrate the transition of power backfired.
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
August 20, 2019

Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
What lays beneath the surface of Kyrgyzstan’s dramatic political scene?

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