A video now circulating on social media platforms in Kyrgyzstan is highlighting a persistent and problematic trend – the intimidation of Kyrgyz women by self-styled conservative patriots, both at home and abroad.
In the footage, reportedly filmed at a nightclub outside the Russian capital, Moscow, two Kyrgyz women are seen being shoved and insulted by a group of male compatriots indignant at them for consorting with non-Kyrgyz men. Desperate to avoid the grilling, one of the women attempts to shield her face. “Why are you so shy to show your face to the camera, and yet not shy to go to the restaurant with an Azerbaijani?” one person in the group of men can be heard saying.
One of the women explains that she was consistently disappointed by the behavior of Kyrgyz men, and that was why she had begun to date other nationalities. “My boyfriend was Kyrgyz. He started dating a Russian girl and now they live together in my apartment,” the woman says.
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Anna Lelik is a Bishkek-based reporter.