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Foreigners in Kyrgyzstan: ‘Will We Be Banned, Too?’

International researchers and NGO workers in Kyrgyzstan are starting to wonder if their time is running out. 

As Kyrgyzstan’s nationalism metastasizes, foreigners who have studied the ethnic bloodletting last summer – and offered recommendations for how to move the country beyond the threshold of more violence – are under increasing attack from local lawmakers and journalists. (Western commentators and other “outsiders” consider these accounts unbiased; many local politicians brand them pro-Uzbek.) Parliament has unanimously declared one prominent investigator persona non grata for reporting that more Uzbeks died than Kyrgyz. 

It seems only a matter of time before the new authorities resurrect censorial former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s blacklist, and begin adding names.

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Foreigners in Kyrgyzstan: ‘Will We Be Banned, Too?’

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