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Local officials and religious leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan ritually sacrificed a sheep this week in the hope of stemming the persistent scourge of car accidents along the country’s highways. Their ceremony was only partly symbolic. An imam from...
The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has relinquished leadership of his political party in the wake of a criminal investigation being opened against him. Omurbek Babanov said in a statement on November that he...
The government and the activist community in Kyrgyzstan are at loggerheads over inexorably advancing proposals to legalize mining at a pair of environmentally sensitive glaciers. After opponents of the changes to the law assembled in Bishkek on...
The younger brother of a recently convicted opposition figure in Kyrgyzstan has been murdered, injecting more anxiety into an already sour political climate. Police said masked men burst into Ulan Salyanov’s home in Bishkek and killed him in the...
Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have opened a criminal case against the runner-up in recent presidential elections, the multimillionaire businessman Omurbek Babanov. Officials are accusing Babanov of fomenting ethnic tension and attempting to incite the...
Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its ongoing diplomatic row with Kyrgyzstan by purportedly refusing to sign off on a roadmap on settling a border dispute. Kyrgyz Economy Minister Artyom Novikov revealed on November...
In the latest fit of pique in a seemingly unending diplomatic row, Kyrgyzstan is going through the motions of formally rejecting a $100 million aid package offered to it by Kazakhstan. Speaking to the parliament’s budget and finances committee,...
Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified remains of a woman who may have died around the first century AD to be interred. The campaign to bury the mummy was headed up, among others, by a notoriously volatile...
The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry — about being rude to Kazakhstan. Almazbek Atambayev effected something of an about-face this week, partly rowing back on the harsh comments about Kazakhstan that precipitated an...
A court in Kyrgyzstan has released a writer previously jailed on charges of incitement to religious hatred, downgrading his four-year jail term to a suspended sentence. The Bishkek city court ruling on September 29 means Zulpukar Sapanov will go...