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Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit
February 25, 2021

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit

By Catherine Putz
Russia as a first destination for a Kyrgyz president is no surprise; it’s essentially tradition.

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.
In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested
February 19, 2021

In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested

By Catherine Putz
A week ago, Matraimov pleaded guilty to corruption and was fined $3,000. He may soon face new charges.

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov
February 16, 2021

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov

By Catherine Putz
After a tumultuous 2020, Kyrgyzstan faces continued political and economic challenges in 2021.

Matraimov Admits Guilt in Corruption Scheme, Gets Off With Tiny Fine
February 11, 2021

Matraimov Admits Guilt in Corruption Scheme, Gets Off With Tiny Fine

By Catherine Putz
Despite investigative journalists finding his hands deep in a $700 million smuggling scheme, Matraimov will do no jail time.

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?

In Lifting Trump Travel Bans, Biden Removes Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan
January 21, 2021

In Lifting Trump Travel Bans, Biden Removes Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Some travel restrictions remain due to COVID-19, but Kyrgyzstan is no longer subject to a direct U.S. visa ban.

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.

Elections in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: What Next?
January 14, 2021

Elections in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: What Next?

By Ankit Panda
A presidential election in Kyrgyzstan and a parliamentary election in Kazakhstan kick off 2021 in Central Asia.
Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
January 12, 2021

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
“U.S. power can inadvertently shift politics even in regions like Central Asia where the United States is remote.”

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