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Kyrgyz Divorcees Left Out in the Cold.

Bermet, a mother-of-three from Bishkek, was recently abandoned by her husband after three years of marriage. Despite their official divorce – he has since remarried - and a court order ruling him liable for monthly child support payments, 26-year-old Bermet has yet to receive a penny. She now works as a cleaner to support ...


Kyrgyzstan: President's Remarks Ruffle Feathers in Kazakhstan.

Unguarded comments made by Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev in remarks to Euronews while on a visit to Brussels have been greeted with dismay in neighboring Kazakhstan. The flare-up has once again illustrated the persisting underlying tensions within the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc, which has to ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Whale-Themed 'Suicide Groups' Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia.

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

- Global Voices - US

Kyrgyzstan: Investigation Reveals Funny Business at Customs Service.

An in-depth investigative report by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz service into the suspicious wealth of a high-ranking customs official is a stark reminder of the hardiness of old habits. While the investigation by the broadcaster, which is known locally as Radio Azattyk, has set tongues wagging, it is far from clear so far if it will ...

- EurasiaNet - US

EU supporting Rule of Law and Rural Development in the Kyrgyz Republic with €23 million.

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 February 2017 Today, the European Commission signed new support to the Kyrgyz Republic. The focus of this support is to strengthen the rule of law , as well as rural development in the country.

- EU - EU

Centil ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2017.

Centil Law Firm is recognised once again by Chambers & Partners in their 2017 Asia Pacific edition. Overall is ranked as Band 1 in Uzbekistan, Band 3 in Kazakhstan, Band 2 in Kyrgyzstan and Band 2 in Tajikistan. The firm is also listed as a Foreign Desk in Turkmenistan in Chambers Global. The post Centil ranked in Chambers ...

- The Lawyer - US

Kyrgyzstan Sets November Date for Presidential Election.

The contenders are already gathering for what will surely be Central Asia's most dynamic election to date.

- The Diplomat - US

Date set for presidential election in Kyrgyzstan.

- Today.Az - AZ

Date set for presidential election in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan will hold next presidential election on the third Sunday of this November, that is, on November 19, KyrTag reported with reference to the press service of the President.

- AzerNews - AZ

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions before You Visit Kyrgyzstan.

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

- Global Voices - US

Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential election in November.

Kyrgyzstan will hold its next presidential election on Nov. 19, a statement on President Almazbek Atambayev's website said Wednesday

- The Daily Star - LB

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather than as a source of protection, according to a new survey. The survey, by the American firm Gallup, polled residents of all the ex-Soviet republics except for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. All of the Central Asian states saw NATO as more of a threat than as ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Local Oligarch Joins Presidential Race

A third heavyweight has entered the running in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election, setting the stage for what could become Central Asia's most eagerly ever contested democratic battle. The parliamentary faction of the Respublika-Ata Jurt party tandem on February 14 unanimously nominated wealthy businessman and former prime ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's name is part of the comedy, but the butt of the joke is the Trump administration.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyzstan: New Serious Contender in Presidential Race

The picture for Kyrgyzstan's presidential election is becoming ever clearer with new candidates either throwing their hat into the ring or being linked with plans to do so imminently. The second addition to the roster, following former prime minister Temir Sariyev, is the leader of the Onuguu-Progress party, 43-year old ...

- EurasiaNet - US

The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia

The troubling treatment of converted Baptists highlights the growing problem of radicalization in Central Asia.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyzstan: Rural Residents Cope with Water Woes

Editors' Picks: No 101616_kyrgyzstan_SEL001.JPG In Kyrgyzstan's southern Batken Region there is a village called Beshkent, where 12,000 people depend on water delivered by irrigation channels called aryks. These channels are vulnerable to contamination from animals, debris and trash.

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM to Run for President

A former prime minister in Kyrgyzstan has declared he plans to run for president in this year's election, kicking off what could shape up to be an unpredictable race in Central Asia's most vibrant political arena. Temir Sariyev said on January 4 that he will run on a platform of promoting economic development and upholding ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme

The January 16 crash at Manas may have blown back the cover of a smuggling operation.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation

The presidential elections later this year will be a major test for Kyrgyzstan's democracy and Atambayev's intentions.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyz Minors Allege Police Torture

Teenagers are left traumatised, with little recourse to official complaint. Ulan was arrested last year by police in the Oktyabrsky district of Bishkek on suspicion of stealing a mobile phone. The 15-year-old, who was detained along with a group of friends, still has vivid memories of the trauma. Despite his protestations ...


Kyrgyz Prisons Tackle Extremism

Experts say that religious experts must be co-opted into rehabilitation schemes. As Karimjan Ibraimov settles himself in front of a room of reporters and TV cameras, a prison official carefully adjusts the collar of 50-year-old inmate's neatly buttoned shirt. Ibraimov is just over halfway through a seven-year sentence for ...


Kyrgyzstan: Court Upholds Unjust Life Sentence for Human Rights Defender

Press ReleasesKyrgyzstan: Court Upholds Unjust Life Sentence for Human Rights DefenderJanuary 24, 2017Kyrgyzstan's Chui Regional Court upheld the life sentence of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, who was arrested in June 2010 on falsified charges. 

- Freedom House - US

Kyrgyzstan: Travesty of Justice for Rights Defender

– A Kyrgyzstan court on January 24, 2017, upheld a life sentence for a human rights defender, Azimjon Askarov, despite the United Nations Human Rights Committee's ruling that he should be released and his conviction quashed, Human Rights Watch said today. The court decision reinforces a severe miscarriage of justice in ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Kyrgyzstan: Travesty of Justice for Rights Defender

– A Kyrgyzstan court on January 24, 2017 upheld a life sentence for a human rights defender, Azimjon Askarov, despite the UN Human Rights Committee's ruling that he should be released and his conviction quashed, Human Rights Watch said today. The court decision reinforces a severe miscarriage of justice in Kyrgyzstan. The ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Kyrgyzstan: Alarm Over Facebook Crackdown

Intelligence services prepare dossier of people criticising country's leader online. Opposition lawmakers and rights activists have called for an investigation after the State National Security Committee admitted investigating several citizens over critical comments they had made about President Almazbek Atambayev on ...