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Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent
May 08, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president continues to sharpen the country’s legal code as a tool to limit dissent.

Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 
May 04, 2021

Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 

By Catherine Putz
Last week’s violence was some of the worst the border has seen, with more than 40 killed. 
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling
April 29, 2021

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling

By Associated Press
Reportedly one Kyrgyz man has been killed in the clashes over a long-unsettled border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism
April 28, 2021

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism

By Catherine Putz
Another bad year for democracy across the former Soviet Union, with Kyrgyzstan slipping further into authoritarianism too. 

India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar
April 28, 2021

India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar

By Catherine Putz
Special forces troops from India and Kyrgyzstan started a two-week exercise outside Bishkek on April 16.

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position
April 27, 2021

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position

By Catherine Putz
Biden has nominated U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Donald Lu for assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia.

Kyrgyz President’s Promotion of Poison to Treat COVID-19 Taken Down by Facebook
April 20, 2021

Kyrgyz President’s Promotion of Poison to Treat COVID-19 Taken Down by Facebook

By Catherine Putz
Japarov's press secretary claims the president took the posts down himself, but Facebook says they were removed for being harmful "misinformation."
Money Laundering! What Money Laundering? Case Against Matraimov Closed
April 15, 2021

Money Laundering! What Money Laundering? Case Against Matraimov Closed

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz authorities said they were unable to find evidence of Matraimov’s alleged money laundering, despite thousands of words written by investigative journalists outlining it in detail.

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 
April 12, 2021

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 

By Catherine Putz
The indifference of many and the votes of some have ushered in Kyrgyzstan’s next political phase: a return to strong presidentialism. 

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects
April 12, 2021

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects

By Umida Hashimova
The Turkic Council aims to grow its political and economic significance.

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.
Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan
April 08, 2021

Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
“Bride kidnapping” is claimed by some to be a traditional practice. Others call it what it is: forced marriage, which sometimes results in murder. 

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