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Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters
December 14, 2020

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters

By Akram Umarov
Postponing what was supposed to become a regular forum for the leaders of Central Asia to gather together is not a good idea.
In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice
December 10, 2020

In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice

By Catherine Putz
Women in Kyrgyzstan continue to face significant hurdles in accessing justice when it comes to gender-based violence.

US Designates Raimbek Matraimov Under Global Magnitsky Act for Corruption
December 10, 2020

US Designates Raimbek Matraimov Under Global Magnitsky Act for Corruption

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov is alleged to have laundered $700 million out of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek has let him off easy, but Washington has finally taken action.

Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Isakov Gets New Trial, Too
December 09, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Isakov Gets New Trial, Too

By Catherine Putz
He's on the lam after getting out of jail during the October unrest and neglecting to return to prison.

Acting Kyrgyz President Mamytov Visits Moscow
December 09, 2020

Acting Kyrgyz President Mamytov Visits Moscow

By Catherine Putz
Mamytov, Kyrgyzstan's second acting president since October, is a close ally of Sadyr Japarov, who hopes to win election to the real presidency on January 10.
Goalposts for Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Referendum Shifting 
December 01, 2020

Goalposts for Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Referendum Shifting 

By Colleen Wood
Two months out from unrest sparked by parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan’s political future remains uncertain.

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?
November 20, 2020

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz are set to vote on a controversial new constitution and for a new president on the same day, January 10.
Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules
November 13, 2020

Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules

By Catherine Putz
Overturning the decisions of two lower courts, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court says police should not have cracked down on the March 8 protest.

Presidential or Parliamentary? What Kind of Government Should Kyrgyzstan Have?
November 06, 2020

Presidential or Parliamentary? What Kind of Government Should Kyrgyzstan Have?

By Catherine Putz
With new presidential elections set for January and parliamentary elections sometime before June 2021, the debate over what kind of government Kyrgyzstan should have is critical.

Kyrgyz Presidential Hopefuls Rushing to Run
November 04, 2020

Kyrgyz Presidential Hopefuls Rushing to Run

By Catherine Putz
Last month, Kyrgyz rushed into offices. This month, they’re running for the exits in hopes of contesting the January 10 early presidential election.

Russia, China Cautiously Watch Kyrgyzstan’s Lingering Political Turmoil
November 04, 2020

Russia, China Cautiously Watch Kyrgyzstan’s Lingering Political Turmoil

By Catherine Putz
Treading carefully, both Moscow and Beijing have engaged the new Japarov government but with a markedly light touch.
New Election Dates and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan
November 02, 2020

New Election Dates and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
The presidential elections are now set for January 10, while challenges have been filed over the cancellation of the December 20 parliamentary redo.

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