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Kyrgyz Police Detain 68 At Protest Over Jailing Of Ex-Lawmaker.

Police in Kyrgyzstan have used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters at a rally against the detention of a former parliamentary deputy who plans to run for the presidency.

- Radio Free Europe - US

President's Lawsuits Intimidate Kyrgyz Media.

Independent outlets fear pressure may fuel self-censorship. Activists are warning of threats to the country's media freedom after President Almazbek Atambaev filed a series of lawsuits against outlets for allegedly defaming him.   Media professionals fear that the huge sums of money involved might lead to self-censorship, ...

- IWPR - UK

Dozens arrested in Kyrgyzstan protest over jailed dissident.

Supporters of a jailed former lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades.

- FOX News - US

Dozens arrested in Kyrgyzstan protest over jailed dissident.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan " Supporters of a jailed former lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades....

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kyrgyzstan: Clashes Break Out as Returning Exiled Politician Detained.

A self-exiled and wanted opposition politician returned to Kyrgyzstan on March 25 to face questioning by the security services, sparking a rowdy demonstration by his indignant supporters that degenerated into ugly scuffles with police. This episode of unrest has further ratcheted up unease in a decisive election year as ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Expels Free-Thinking MP.

One of the youngest and most active members of Kyrgyzstan's parliament has been expelled from the pro-presidential Social-Democratic Party . The SDPK's political council explained on March 24 that the views of Zhanar Akayev, 31, had drifted too far from its official platform. The speculation is that the decision was taken ...

- EurasiaNet - US

A Glimpse Into Moscow's Little Kyrgyzstan.

Seasons of migration to the north: stories of Central Asian migrant workers in Russia.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyz President Threatens To Sue RFE/RL In 'International Courts'.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev says he is prepared to take his allegations of slander against RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service to "international courts." Speaking on March 24 in Bishkek, Atambaev also said he wants to complain about RFE/RL's Krygyz Service to U.S. President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington he hopes to ...

- Radio Free Europe - US

Kyrgyz President 'Ready' To Take RFE/RL Lawsuit To 'International Courts'.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev says he is prepared to take his allegations of slander against RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service to "international courts."

- Radio Free Europe - US

Five Kyrgyz Activists Released From Bishkek Jail.

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan released five activists from a Bishkek jail on March 23. They were arrested five days earlier after participating in a peaceful march to support political and press freedom in the country.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Kyrgyzstan: Court Freezes Accounts of Troubled Media Outlets.

A court in Kyrgyzstan has frozen the bank accounts of two media outlets facing libel lawsuits mounted on behalf of the president by the General Prosecutor's Office. Bishkek city court on March 22 ruled that assets belonging to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz service, Radio Azattyq, and news website Zanoza.kg should be frozen pending ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Central Asia's Offshoring Machine: From the US to Ukraine, via Kyrgyzstan

Shutting down the machine would necessitate Washington owning up to its place in the cycle.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyz Village Life Not So Tranquil In Shadow Of Uzbek Training Ground

Residents of a Kyrgyz border village say a nearby Uzbek military training ground is making their lives unbearable.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Paul Manafort and the Kyrgyz Connection

Who says a corruption scandal is ever really over? An old Kyrgyz banking scandal shows up in Manafort's Ukraine dealings.

- The Diplomat - US

Lawmaker: Documents show Trump aide hid payments from pro-Moscow Ukraine party

A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan. The new documents, if legitimate, stem...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Washington Post: Trump aide hid payments from Ukraine party with Moscow ties

A Ukrainian lawmaker on March 21 released new financial documents allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman to President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan. The post Washington Post: Trump aide hid payments from Ukraine ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

China, Kyrgyzstan vow to upgrade military ties

China and Kyrgyzstan have expressed their intention to upgrade bilateral military ties, the China Military Online website reported on 20 March. "Bilateral relations have reached an unprecedented high level," General Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission, was quoted

- Jane’s - US

Kyrgyzstan: Authorities Respond to Freedom March With Detentions

Hundreds of people went onto the streets of Kyrgyzstan's capital over the weekend to demonstrate in support of free speech — only for many of them to be detained by police. The rally in the center of Bishkek on March 18 was prompted by a wave of libel lawsuits filed on behalf of President Almazbek Atambayev that media ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Former Newspaper Owner Threatened With Arrest

The former owner of Kyrgyzstan's largest newspaper — which has tacked away from its formerly sparky reporting style since a court-ordered takeover in 2015 — is being targeted for arrest. After nightfall on March 17, a group of officers with the finance police attempted to forcibly detain 70-year old Alexander Kim at his ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyz American Foundation Kicks Off with a Concert

The Kyrgyz American Foundation is staging a concert in New York on March 16, driven by the belief that music, rather than words, can often be more effective in building connections among people. For the foundation's co-founders, Azamat Sydykov and Jonathan Levin, the March 16 event, titled Sounds of Kyrgyzstan in New York,' ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Reject Ban on Hunting Endangered Animals

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan has narrowly rejected legislation that would have made it illegal to hunt endangered animals until 2030. Opponents of the bill, which was defeated 56 to 52, argued that the ban could cost the country money in lost tourist revenue. They also said the legislation would do nothing to solve the problem ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Russian Embassy Throws Pro-Kremlin Reporter Under the Bus

Russia's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan has in a startling break from custom declined to come out in defense of a Russian reporter expelled from the country. Unprecedented might be putting it too strongly, but for the Russian Foreign Ministry to willingly throw a reporter for a Kremlin-supporting news outlet under the bus is a ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Kremlin-Friendly Reporter Expelled

A journalist for a fiercely pro-Kremlin news agency has been expelled from Kyrgyzstan in a move that has political observers in the Moscow-friendly nation scratching their heads. Grigory Mikhailov, an editor with Regnum website, posted an update on Facebook on March 13 to say he was returning to Russia from Kazakhstan after ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyz President Takes on Media in Lawsuits

In recent days a handful of lawsuits have been filed against two Ata-Meken lawyers and two media outlets.

- The Diplomat - US

Kazakhstan Drags Feet on $100M Aid to Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan is dangling more than $100 million in financial support in front of struggling neighbor Kyrgyzstan, but the transfer is reportedly being hindered by a combination of bureaucratic muddling and a turn of diplomatic ill-will. The fate of the funds, which have been earmarked to smooth integration within the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Kyrgyzstan's top prosecutor has accused two major media outlets of insulting the president by spreading false information' about him and has said her office will pursue damages in court. Indira Djoldubayeva said on March 9 that the General Prosecutor's Office will seek damages amounting to 26 million som from Radio Azattyk, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Women March for Their Rights

Dozens of people in Kyrgyzstan's two main cities used the occasion of International Woman's Day on March 8 to gather in solidarity with victims of domestic violence. The holiday is typically a light-hearted affair in Kyrgyzstan and the rest of the region — an occasion for men to lavish flowers or other gifts on their ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyz Presidential Politics: Scaling a Mountain of Rumors

There are more rumors than answers coming out of Bishkek these days.

- The Diplomat - US

Kyrgyzstan: Challenging Submissive Stereotypes

Women may wear hijab, but they refuse to be pigeonholed. Eliana-Maryam Satarova is editor-in-chief of Umma, Kyrgyzstan's only Muslim affairs magazine, established two years ago to counter stereotypes about the community. The glossy quarterly has proved popular among younger Muslims for its progressive stance and support of ...

- IWPR - UK

Kyrgyzstan: Female Convicts Face Harsh Future

Experts say that jailing women has far-reaching societal repercussions. The day starts early at Kyrgyzstan's only women's prison. Around 300 inmates are woken at 6.30am at the facility in Stepnoe, a village close to Bishkek. The youngest convict is 15 while the oldest is over 70. Most have been convicted of murder or fraud. ...

- IWPR - UK

Questions Over Arrest of Kyrgyz Opposition Figure

Authorities accused of a selective use of the law when dealing with opponents. Supporters of detained opposition lawmaker Omurbek Tekebaev have warned that his arrest is nothing more than an attempt by President Almazbek Atambaev to settle scores with the veteran politician. Tekebaev, who heads the Ata Meken faction,  was ...

- IWPR - UK

Kyrgyz Divorcees Left Out in the Cold

Women left to raise children on their own with no support from their ex-husbands. 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, ...

- IWPR - UK

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 ...

- IWPR - UK

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