Category Archives: Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Worried about Unrestricted Travel from China

Following Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev’s December 14-17 visit to China, the government announced that it plans to abolish the visa regime for Chinese citizens. Local analysts and residents are worried about unabated Chinese expansion as a result of this policy. Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Economy and Industry, Arzybek Kozhoshev, who was part of the Kyrgyz [...]
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Kyrgyzstan Looks to Curb Radical Islamism

Worried about the growth of religious extremism and fundamental Islam in Kyrgyzstan, authorities are introducing new measures in handling religious affairs. But experts say the real root of radicalism in the country lies in its many social problems. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev met with the Director of the State Religious Affairs Commission, Orozbek Moldaliyev, on [...]
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Kyrgyzstan Beefs Up Border Security

With threats of terrorist attacks on the rise, Kyrgyzstan has decided to reinforce its border patrols. Local residents living along borders say eliminating bribery and solving territorial disputes could help secure the country’s frontiers better. Prime Minister Temir Sariyev, addressing a state meeting in Bishkek, urged law enforcement authorities to strengthen border security. “The country’s [...]
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Kyrgyz Courts Come Under Scrutiny

Recent studies carried out in Kyrgyzstan found that a majority of Kyrgyz residents do not trust the country’s judicial system, leading to discussion among analysts regarding how Bishkek should address the numerous systemic problems in the judiciary. A study by the International Republican Institute found out 63 percent of respondents did not trust the judicial [...]
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The U.S. Belatedly Remembers that Central Asia Exists

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Kyrgyzstan on the first leg of a five “Stan” tour just a week after the visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who returned to Tokyo with $26 billion in contracts. This will be Kerry’s first visit to Central Asia and the first-ever visit by a [...]
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