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Anna Lelik

Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Reinstated for Uzbek Activist

Any hope that authorities in Kyrgyzstan might show leniency toward jailed activist...

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo Plane Crashes on Homes Killing Dozens

A Turkish cargo plane crashed outside the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, early...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Sets Precedent With Facebook Ruling

A court in Kyrgyzstan has set a precedent alarming to freedom of...

Kyrgyzstan Relaxes Registration Rules After Outcry

Kyrgyzstan has made an about-face on a recently introduced law requiring foreign...

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the...

Kyrgyzstan Tightens Registration Rules For Visitors

Kyrgyzstan has introduced new migration rules for visiting foreign citizens that limit...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Coalition Collapses in Constitution Row

The government in Kyrgyzstan has collapsed after weeks of sniping between coalition...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Outlaws Underage Islamic Marriages

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan narrowly passed a draft law on October 5 to...

Kyrgyzstan: State's Case on Askarov Crumbling Under Scrutiny

A court in Kyrgyzstan’s Chui region held a hearing on October 4...

Kyrgyzstan: President Rages at Critics of Constitutional Fix

Kyrgyzstan’s president struck a sour and far from statesmanlike note during independence...

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Embassy Hit by Bomb Blast

A car packed with explosives was rammed into China’s Embassy in Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan in New Standoff Over Mountain

Police from Uzbekistan have detained four citizens of Kyrgyzstan in a contested...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Clamor for Constitutional Fixes

With the presidential election coming into view in Kyrgyzstan, parliament is bracing...

Kyrgyzstan: Askarov Given Appeal Hope But Remains in Jail

The highest court in Kyrgyzstan has set an unusual precedent by ruling...

Kyrgyzstan: Askarov Hearing Opens Amid High Nerves

Security was tight in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on July 11 as the Supreme...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreigner Laborers Facing Kyrgyz Language Test

Labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan have complained over the years that they were...

Kyrgyzstan: Supreme Court to Review Askarov Case on July 11

Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court says it will hold a hearing into the case...

Kyrgyzstan: Police Declare Hunting Season Open for Prostitutes

Earlier this week, the recently appointed acting head of police in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Anti-LGBT Bill Hits the Buffers

A draft bill in Kyrgyzstan aimed at marginalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreign Agent Bill Nixed, NGOs Rejoice

After two years of tortuous debates in parliament, civil society in Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Report Exposes Scale of Prison Torture

When the police wanted to extract a confession out of K.D., they...

Kyrgyzstan: Sting Removed From Foreign Agents Bill

In an apparent climbdown, a parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan has hastily rushed...

Kyrgyzstan: China Replaces Russia As Hydropower Investor

Months after breaking off a long-standing deal with Russian companies to build...

Kyrgyzstan: Murky Deals Remain Norm in Parliament

In the months following the cleanest elections ever held in Kyrgyzstan, several...

Kyrgyzstan: Tensions on Border as Uzbeks Muster Forces

A sudden deployment of troops by Uzbekistan along a disputed section of...

Kyrgyzstan: Self-Styled Moral Guardians Operating with Impunity

A video now circulating on social media platforms in Kyrgyzstan is highlighting...

Kyrgyzstan: Newspaper Editor Assaulted in Bishkek

The editor of a newspaper in Kyrgyzstan was assaulted outside his home...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Rejects Reporter’s Lawsuit Against President

As should probably have been expected, a countersuit filed by journalist Dayirbek...

Kyrgyzstan: Drivers in a Tizzy Over Insurance Plans

Bad driving, severe code violations and pervasive corruption among traffic cops are...

Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake Crisis Reveals Cracks in the System

Months after an earthquake shook the Kara-Suu district of southern Kyrgyzstan, families...

Kyrgyzstan: Major Money Laundering Case Exposed

Anticorruption officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have exposed a $58 million money...

Kyrgyzstan Goes Bananas for Citizen No. 6 Million

Kyrgyzstan burst into a frenzy of celebrating on November 26 as news...

Kyrgyzstan: Funds Drying Up for Fight Against TB

With less than two months left before the year is out, tuberculosis...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Media Flexes Muscle, Checks MP Spending

In a cautiously hopeful sign for Kyrgyzstan’s ongoing experiment in parliamentary democracy,...

Kyrgyzstan’s Top Party Plays Down Shenanigans Claims

With campaigning season for Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections almost over, parties are resorting...

Central Asia Battered by Currency Turmoil

Authorities in Kazakhstan have burned through $414 million over two days in...

Is Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament Stalling on ‘Foreign Agents,’ ‘Gay Propaganda’ Bills?

Two illiberal, Russian-style bills passing through Kyrgyzstan’s legislature are moving at such...

Kyrgyzstan: Economic Woes Spur Rising Suicide Rate

Since the beginning of the year, it seems that hardly a week...

Kyrgyzstan: Civic Group Promotes Order on Bishkek’s Lawless Roads

Power and wealth rule on the roads and sidewalks of Kyrgyzstan's capital,...

Kyrgyzstan: Property Records Confirm Misuse of Pentagon Charity Funds

Documents have come to light proving that the beneficiary of a $748,000...

Kyrgyzstan: Nationalist Paramilitary Vows to Fight “Foreign Threats”

A group of nationalist activists has announced it is forming a paramilitary...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Kyrgyzstan: Nationalist Vice Squad Stirs Controversy

A group of men wearing felt kalpak hats raced into a karaoke...

Kyrgyzstan’s Migrants Wary on Russian Economy, but Excited by Closer Ties

It is the holiday season in Kyrgyzstan and thousands of laborers have...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Borrow Russian Technique to Hide Tenders

Last month, Kyrgyzstan’s Education Ministry announced two tenders worth almost $3 million...

Kyrgyzstan Looks to Alternative Fuels Ahead of Looming Winter Shortages

Each winter in Kyrgyzstan the energy situation seems to worsen; blackouts last...

Kyrgyz Moviegoers Push Local Blockbuster with Social Media

It’s not often that a Kyrgyz film wins praise abroad, as an...