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Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement
March 25, 2020

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

By Catherine Putz
Just as it was finally beginning, the trial of Almazbek Atambayev was postponed.

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.

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco
January 17, 2020

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s legal system and former president Almazbek Atambayev are still locked in stalemate.

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.

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack
October 30, 2019

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack

By Catherine Putz
Last week Kloop and OCCRP published a damning report about the giving away of land in a prized public park to Bishkek’s rich and well-connected.

The Chaos of Kyrgyz Politics
October 01, 2019

The Chaos of Kyrgyz Politics

By Ryskeldi Satke
The 2017 presidential election touched off a political crisis with much deeper roots in Kyrgyzstan’s polity.
Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track
September 16, 2019

Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track

By Colleen Wood
Zere Asylbek’s new single pushes Kyrgyz society to get over its political apathy.

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.

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?
Two Rivals Clash: Understanding Kyrgyzstan’s Political Crisis
August 14, 2019

Two Rivals Clash: Understanding Kyrgyzstan’s Political Crisis

By Ankit Panda
What led to Kyrgyz special forces storming the compound of the country’s former president?

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