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Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra
May 28, 2022

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra

By Catherine Putz
The contentious saga of Kumtor Gold Mine is one step closer to completion.

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?
May 26, 2022

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?

By Catherine Putz
If the EAEU is simply an economic project, the current circumstances will strain its relevance as members suffer the consequences of close ties to the Russian economy.
Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 
May 25, 2022

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 

By Catherine Putz
As preliminary hearings began last week, Temirov discovered that his Kyrgyz passport had been canceled already.

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia
May 05, 2022

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Even as China’s economic influence expands, a credibility gap looms in Central Asia.

Campaign Against Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Intensifies With Forgery Allegations
April 28, 2022

Campaign Against Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Intensifies With Forgery Allegations

By Catherine Putz
Like clockwork: After Temirov released a new investigative report last week, the authorities piled on new charges.

Are Kyrgyzstan and the US Finally Nearing a New Bilateral Cooperation Agreement?
April 26, 2022

Are Kyrgyzstan and the US Finally Nearing a New Bilateral Cooperation Agreement?

By Catherine Putz
In recent interviews both U.S. officials and the Kyrgyz president have suggested that Bishkek and Washington may be nearing the signing of a new Bilateral Cooperation Agreement.

Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Reach Agreement to Split After Kumtor Gold Mine Mess
April 04, 2022

Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Reach Agreement to Split After Kumtor Gold Mine Mess

By Catherine Putz
If implemented, the agreement would see the Canadian mining firm exit Kyrgyzstan after a tumultuous 20 years and Bishkek assume responsibility for the mine.
Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions
March 31, 2022

Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstani authorities are restricting protests about Russia’s war in Ukraine, but some public servants are speaking out.

Are Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Nearing a Deal to Split For Good?
March 30, 2022

Are Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Nearing a Deal to Split For Good?

By Catherine Putz
Nothing is set in stone, but Kyrgyzstan and Centerra Gold may be nearing the end of their long relationship. 

Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone
March 22, 2022

Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone

By Francisco Olmos
From Kunayev to Razzakov to Rashidov, Soviet-era Central Asian leaders continue to play an important role in constructing historical narratives 30 years after independence.

Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan Is Headed in the Wrong Direction
March 18, 2022

Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan Is Headed in the Wrong Direction

By Miranda Patrucic
We’ve seen how important it is that citizens of a country know the truth and are exposed to more than just propaganda. Kyrgyzstan’s backsliding is deeply concerning.
Kyrgyzstan Bans Rallies Near Russian Embassy
March 14, 2022

Kyrgyzstan Bans Rallies Near Russian Embassy

By Catherine Putz
As Bishkek tries to maintain a balanced approach to the Ukraine crisis, demonstrations have been banned from key protest hotspots in the capital.

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