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Must Kyrgyzstan Choose Between Islam and Stability?

In recent weeks, the mammoth Friday edition of Vechernii Bishkek, the newspaper of record for Russian-speaking Bishkek, has featured two full-page editorials warning that “the future of the secular state” is in danger.

The editorials toe the dominant government line, reciting recent Security Council warnings about a dangerous lack of religious education among imams who could lead Muslims astray, and the number of extremists operating in Kyrgyzstan, as proof of the danger of increasing religious belief in Kyrgyzstan.

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Must Kyrgyzstan Choose Between Islam and Stability?

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