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Nurjamal Djanibekova

Kyrgyz Lawmakers Mull Forcing Officials to Wear Kalpaks

A pair of lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have drafted a legislative bill that...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Kyrgyzstan: Ecologists Run Billboard Experiment to Test Dirty Air

An environmental group in Kyrgyzstan’s capital is running an unusual experiment to...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Coup Plotters on Hunger Strike

Opposition politicians in Kyrgyzstan serving prison sentences on charges of coup-plotting have...

Kyrgyzstan: President Drops Libel Damages Claim

Kyrgyzstan’s president has agreed to drop his claim to libel damages from...

Kyrgyzstan: Freeze Turns to Hot Fury Over Bishkek's Power Plant Failure

Aigul Dogdurova, a 43-year old native of Bishkek, cannot remember anything like...

Kyrgyzstan: Capital Freezes as Power Plant Breaks Down

Residents of Kyrgyzstan’s capital endured a teeth-shatteringly cold weekend following a malfunction...

Kyrgyzstan: Music Teacher Suspended Over Alleged Sex Tape

Culture officials in Kyrgyzstan have suspended a respected singing teacher at the...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Kyrgyzstan: Notorious High-Ranking Customs Official Fired

A notorious high-ranking customs official in Kyrgyzstan has been fired in a...

Kyrgyzstan: Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

Local officials and religious leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan ritually sacrificed a sheep...

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Demand Halt to Glacier Mining

The government and the activist community in Kyrgyzstan are at loggerheads over...

Kyrgyzstan: Convicted Opposition Politician’s Brother Murdered

The younger brother of a recently convicted opposition figure in Kyrgyzstan has...

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Case Opened Against Losing Presidential Candidate

Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have opened a criminal case against the runner-up in...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Kyrgyzstan Rejecting Kazakhstan’s $100 Million Aid Package

In the latest fit of pique in a seemingly unending diplomatic row,...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Kyrgyzstan Eats Some Crow, But Kazakhstan Still Annoyed

The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry —...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Releases Writer Accused of Offending Muslims

A court in Kyrgyzstan has released a writer previously jailed on charges...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian...

Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Bulldozer Silenced With YouTube

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have filed criminal charges against a veteran politician...

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Orders Closure of Opposition TV Channel

A court in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on August 22 ordered the closure of...

Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking Mission

The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, flew to neighboring Kyrgyzstan on...

Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August...

St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold...

Kyrgyzstan: Reporter Canned After Asking President Tough Question

A journalist for an online news website in Kyrgyzstan says he was...

Did Kyrgyzstan Get Sold a Hydropower Pup?

Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a...

Kyrgyzstan Bars Entry to Respected Russian Rights Activist

In a sign of the growing political chill descending over Kyrgyzstan, authorities...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Finds Against Newspaper, Activist, Orders Them to Pay $260,000

In a blow against press freedom in Kyrgyzstan, a court has found...

Kyrgyzstan: Male MPs Ditch Parliament During Discussions on Women’s Rights

When it came time to discuss the rights of women and girls...

Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative

An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing...

Kyrgyzstan Investigates Journalist for Reporting on Ethnic Tensions

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic...

Kyrgyzstan: Tree-Chopping Divides Greens and Urban Planners

Without warning, city workers descended on a leafy street recently in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawmaker Proposes Stripping Reporter of Citizenship

A lawmaker in Kyrgyzstan has devised a new threat for journalists whose...

Lawsuit Against RFE/RL’s Kyrgyzstan Service Called Off

Kyrgyzstan’s General Prosecutor on May 31 suspended its libel lawsuit against RFE/RL’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Seeks to Limit Election Observation

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have passed legislation that will greatly limit the rights...

Kyrgyzstan: Movie Teaser Sparks Morality Debate

A recently released minute-long music video promoting an upcoming movie in Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Hapless Authorities Defeated by Lawless Traffic

Erbol and Alimbek, a pair of third-graders and lifelong friends, were on...

Kyrgyzstan: President Calls on Prosecutor to Withdraw RFE/RL Lawsuit

In a partial change of heart, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has advised...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawyer Fights to Dub Libel Suits Unconstitutional

A lawyer in Kyrgyzstan is mounting a legal appeal with the Constitutional...

Kyrgyzstan: President Bolsters Protections Against Domestic Violence

Kyrgyzstan has in a landmark decision adopted legislation designed to provide greater...

Kyrgyzstan: Four Opposition Politicians Jailed for “Coup Attempt”

A district court in the capital of Kyrgyzstan has convicted four opposition...

Kyrgyzstan: Religious Authorities Order Closure of Illegal Madrasas

A representative for the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Struggles to Reduce Landslide Threats

On the night of March 26 in the village of Nichke-Say in...

Kyrgyzstan: Jailed Opposition Politician Reportedly Attempts Suicide

Officials in Kyrgyzstan have said that opposition politician Sadyr Japarov, who was...

Kyrgyzstan: Police Suggest Expelling Foreigners Without Courts

The Interior Ministry in Kyrgyzstan is pushing for new rules that would...

Kyrgyzstan: The Low-Key Prelude of an Opposition Crackdown

Before the security services in Kyrgyzstan came for Omurbek Tekebayev, there were...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Expels Free-Thinking MP

One of the youngest and most active members of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has...

Kyrgyzstan: Authorities Respond to Freedom March With Detentions

Hundreds of people went onto the streets of Kyrgyzstan’s capital over the...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Reject Ban on Hunting Endangered Animals

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan has narrowly rejected legislation that would have made it...

Kyrgyzstan: Women March for Their Rights

Dozens of people in Kyrgyzstan’s two main cities used the occasion of...

Kyrgyzstan: Jailed Opposition Leader Sees Crash Link to Arrest

The jailed leader of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Ata-Meken party fired back at the...

Kyrgyzstan: Showdown Deepens Between Government and Opposition

The crowd that gathered on Bishkek’s Ala-Too Square on February 27 was...

Kyrgyzstan Goes Bananas for Citizen No. 6 Million

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