Kyrgyzstan Risks Riling Russia with Tribute to Historical Tragedy

In the summer of 1916, tens of thousands of ethnic Kyrgyz, facing forced conscription by the Russian Tsar and violence from Cossacks, fled over mountains in Kyrgyzstan’s eastern Issyk-Kul Province to China. Kyrgyz opposed to growing Russian influence and control are demanding this resistance and flight be researched, recognized and labeled genocide if necessary. (Photo: David Trilling)

Kyrgyzstan is preparing to mark the centennial of a historical tragedy that nationalists in Bishkek are portraying as a Russian-led genocide. The commemoration is causing unease in the Kremlin.
 

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Chris Rickleton is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan Risks Riling Russia with Tribute to Historical Tragedy

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