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What’s Behind Kyrgyzstan’s War on Radio Azattyk?
January 28, 2023

What’s Behind Kyrgyzstan’s War on Radio Azattyk?

By Catherine Putz
A demand from the Kyrgyz government for RFE/RL's Kyrgyz language service to remove a video has escalated into a legal battle that could end Azattyk's operations in the country altogether.

The Importance of Female Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan
December 30, 2022

The Importance of Female Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan

By Aksana Ismailbekova
The international community, in seeking to pursue cooperation in the region, ought to look to Muslim women as a vital set of partners.
Checking in on Waste Management Projects in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
December 27, 2022

Checking in on Waste Management Projects in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

By Ryskeldi Satke
The EBRD is facilitating the introduction of green technologies, waste recovery and recycling systems in both countries, but more information is needed on progress and impacts.

The Declining Value of a Chinese Education in Kyrgyzstan
December 12, 2022

The Declining Value of a Chinese Education in Kyrgyzstan

By Adina Masalbekova
Kyrgyz students are discovering that a Chinese diploma isn’t a fast track to a high-paying job.

Putin to Visit Kyrgyzstan for EAEU Summit
December 07, 2022

Putin to Visit Kyrgyzstan for EAEU Summit

By Catherine Putz
Authorities in the Kyrgyz capital extended a ban on protests that’s been in place most of the year, hoping to head off any trouble when Putin (and Mirziyoyev) come to town.

Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Deported to Russia
November 29, 2022

Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Deported to Russia

By Catherine Putz
The latest twist in Temirov’s tale saw the Kyrgyz citizen-by-birth deported as a “foreigner.”

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."
Kyrgyzstan’s Move to Block Radio Azattyk Is a Sign of Trouble — For the Government
November 03, 2022

Kyrgyzstan’s Move to Block Radio Azattyk Is a Sign of Trouble — For the Government

By Eldiyar Arykbaev
Democratic values like freedom of the press are a bulwark that keeps Kyrgyzstan from sliding into authoritarianism.

Kyrgyz Ministry Blocks RFE/RL Website Over Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Report
October 28, 2022

Kyrgyz Ministry Blocks RFE/RL Website Over Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Report

By Catherine Putz
Last year, Kyrgyzstan passed a “fake news” law. This year, it’s been used to suspend access to at least two media outlets.

Opposition to Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Deal Swept Up in Mass Arrest
October 26, 2022

Opposition to Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Deal Swept Up in Mass Arrest

By Catherine Putz
At least 20 activists and political figures opposed to the deal have been detained in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz Security Chief Flaunts Turkish Drone Connection
October 13, 2022

Kyrgyz Security Chief Flaunts Turkish Drone Connection

By Catherine Putz
Tashiev posed recently with the latest Bayraktar Akıncı attack drone, suggesting Kyrgyzstan had added the platform to its arsenal.
Kyrgyzstan Cancels CSTO ‘Indestructible Brotherhood’ Military Exercises
October 11, 2022

Kyrgyzstan Cancels CSTO ‘Indestructible Brotherhood’ Military Exercises

By Catherine Putz
Days after Kyrgyz President Japarov skipped Russian President Putin's birthday (and an informal CIS summit), Bishkek cancelled planned CSTO exercises at the last minute.

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