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Kyrgyzstan: Fine for spitting raises hackles
Offenders could face fines of up to $80.
Jan 8, 2019
Kyrgyzstan Instagram star comes of age and flies the nest
The Internet’s vast potential for self-expression seems more relevant in Central Asia than ever before.
Jan 7, 2019
Kyrgyzstan: Low-energy president ducks responsibilities
Jeenbekov's end-of-year presser was a shrug-heavy event.
Dec 20, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Whimpering ex-president clutches at straws in political showdown
Atambayev is changing his tune as he tries to scope out allies.
Dec 12, 2018
Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Roza Otunbayeva, discusses China, her successors, and regrets
The first woman to lead a Central Asian country discussed China, her successors’ rivalry, and regrets from her time in office.
Dec 5, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: MP’s brother swept up in Xinjiang crackdown
Askar Yunus worked at the Academy of Social Sciences of Xinjiang.
Dec 4, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Communities stand fast in a valley of death
Villagers would rather risk landslides than gamble on the government’s offer to relocate.
Dec 3, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Officials muted in first words on Xinjiang crackdown
The country's lively civil society is unlikely to be so circumspect.
Nov 27, 2018
Kyrgyzstan’s capital, once an island of green, drowns in smog
Poor urban planning has exacerbated the smog from coal stoves and car exhaust.
Photos by Danil Usmanov
Nov 23, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Skies over Kumtor gold field darken once more
The PM is talking about renegotiating a deal reached only last year.
Nov 23, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Presidential rift widens over campaign irregularity allegations
Atambayev has renewed hostilities with Jeenbekov following a phony stalemate.
Nov 19, 2018
Farmers in Kyrgyzstan try to capitalize on global quinoa fad
Getting Kyrgyz-grown quinoa onto the international market is proving tough.
Nov 14, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: As political winds change, iconic newspaper again tussled over
Investigators are looking into whether the change of ownership at Vecherniy Bishkek in 2015 was legal.
Oct 31, 2018
Selfies, social media and the absurdities of Kyrgyzstan politics
High-altitude heckling led to an unlikely reunion of one-time foes.
Oct 24, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: State textbooks embrace post-truth, post-grammar ethos
Everybody involved is frantically trying to shift the blame
Oct 16, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Talk of visa waiver for Chinese tourists sparks ire
Opponents of the move worry it will lead to an influx of unregistered laborers
Oct 12, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Government treads water after social ministry meltdown
One top official got into trouble for taking along relatives to work trips overseas
Oct 12, 2018
Can Kyrgyzstan’s president take a joke?
Jeenbekov has been at pains to strike a different note from his thin-skinned predecessor, but some habits seem hard to break.
Oct 10, 2018
Kyrgyzstan’s ancient walnut forest living through uncertain times
Overgrazing and climate change are hurting a unique ecosystem in southern Kyrgyzstan.
Oct 9, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Presidential immunity-stripping talk reawakened
The MP pushing the move says he has ex-President Almazbek Atambayev in his crosshairs
Oct 1, 2018
Kyrgyzstan’s ombudsman pick: a sign of the times?
Tokun Mamytov is a former KGB agent who previously served two deposed presidents.
Sep 28, 2018
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan: Goat polo hits the big screen
The movie could help bring this exotic sport to a wider audience
Sep 24, 2018
Feminist song draws supporters and death threats in Kyrgyzstan
Pleas for civility and respect from Zere Asylbek, a songwriter in Bishkek, have been drowned by rage over her clothing.
Sep 18, 2018
Photo essay | Following Kyrgyzstan’s nomads
The Arsanaliev family travels to the same summer pasture every year.
Sep 13, 2018
Perspectives | Kyrgyz pop stars succor Kyrgyzness
Kyrgyzstan’s radio waves are a stage for twisting and pulling at the notion of national identity.
Sep 13, 2018