Relations between Bishkek and Moscow are on the upswing with the inauguration of a pro-Russian president in Kyrgyzstan. Even so, Kyrgyz labor migrants in Russia are facing a new challenge.
Almazbek Atambayev took the presidential oath on December 1, and, in his inaugural address, he called for greater interethnic harmony. He also emphasized that his administration will work to strengthen ties with Russia. “Of course, our strategic partner is Russia,” he said.
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Chris Rickleton is a Bishkek-based journalist.