Soviet-Era Registration System Fosters Discontent in Kyrgyzstan

Approximately 4,000 families squat in the barren, sprawling Ak-Jar settlement outside the Kyrgyz capital. (Photo: David Trilling)

Azim Pasanov’s home on the outer limits of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, has no water and no electricity. Eighteen years after he moved there, his life remains unsettled.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet’s Central Asia news editor.

Soviet-Era Registration System Fosters Discontent in Kyrgyzstan

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