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Asel Kalybekova

Kyrgyzstan Weighs Uncertainties of Feeding Russia

Not long ago, Russia was one of the primary markets for Kyrgyzstan’s...

Bishkek Journal: I Want an Interview, Not a Date

When I knock on the door of yet another Kyrgyz politician, civil...

Kyrgyzstan: Yurt Preschools Reach Nomadic Children

At first glance, it looks like another iconic felt yurt in a...

Russia Holds Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Dreams Hostage

Summer is supposed to be the one season when people in Kyrgyzstan...

China Asks Kyrgyzstan to End 23-Day Roadblock

The Chinese Embassy in Bishkek has called on the Kyrgyz government to...

Kyrgyzstan: Nationalists Again Pushing “Foreign Agents” Bill

Nationalists are renewing efforts in Kyrgyzstan to secure vague legislation to require...

Kyrgyzstan: Doctors Alarmed as Parents Shun Vaccination

Aisha, a mother of five, takes her seven-month-old son Ismail with her when...

Kyrgyzstan Ponders the Impact of Russia’s Citizenship Law Amendments

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation recently offering fast-track citizenship to Russian...

Kyrgyzstan: Police and Protestors Clash over Gold Exploration

Protestors in Kyrgyzstan’s northwest have clashed with police and blocked a major...

Tajikistan: Farmers Say City Livestock Ban Breeds Corruption

Twenty-seven-year-old Manucher has spent every day for the past six years cleaning...

Tajikistan: Power Plant Produces Heat and Anger

When Bibiradja Ochildieva, a resident of Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, stepped into her...

Kyrgyzstan: Slow-motion Oil Spill Threatens Issyk-Kul

A slow-motion ecological calamity is unfolding at Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. An...

Kyrgyzstan: Off-Radar Gold Mine Sustains Mountain Village

A generation after independence from the Soviet Union, most villages in Kyrgyzstan...

Tajikistan: Even the Government Won’t Hire Recent College Graduates

This July, authorities in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, subtly made it known they...

Kyrgyzstan Wins Sweet Praise at International Honey Contest

Anyone who has visited Kyrgyzstan won’t be surprised by this news: Kyrgyzstan,...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Media Activist Takes on Bishkek City Hall

Late at night, Aibek Baratov is driving around Kyrgyzstan’s poorly lit capital...

Kyrgyzstan Q&A: Author of “Foreign Agents” Bill Seeks to Thwart “Sabotage”

The lead author of a controversial bill that would label most of...

Kyrgyzstan: Spring Riots Spoil Summer Tourist Season

Olga Gotovshikova stares out at Lake Issyk-Kul from her shore-front guesthouse. Last...

Kyrgyzstan: Is Gazprom Deal a Blessing or Curse for Bishkek?

To reduce its vulnerability to being squeezed by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on...

Kyrgyzstan: Former “Prince” Dodges US Prosecution

Officials and lots of citizens in Kyrgyzstan are reeling from news that...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride Kidnapping Not Just a Rural Phenomenon

Seven years ago Aijan was walking home from her waitressing job in...