The time for a new “old Soviet Union”?

The Russians have a saying: “Moscow wasn’t built at once”. Apparently the Kremlin is employing the same concept in its foreign policy in Kyrgyzstan. At least that is the impression one is left with observing how patiently Moscow has been crafting a government it is now happy with. It all started, as local observers argue, with the April 2010 events, which were “inspired” by the Kremlin following the “trick” ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev tried to play on Dmitriy Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. The trick mentioned is receiving money from the Russians for the Kambar Ata hydro-electric power station in exchange for…

Still An Island of Democracy?

According to the recent report of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Kyrgyzstan seems to remain an “island of democracy” in Central Asia (term coined by Askar Akayev – first President of the Kyrgyz Republic).  Kyrgyzstan ranked 106 in the Democracy Index and was included in the so called “Hybrid regimes” section, while all of its immediate neighbors in the region: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan fell in the “Authoritarian regimes” section.

Secrets from the White House – Azimbek Beknazarov Presents New Book

Translation of Ekaterina’s post (RUS) On 11 December, Kyrgyzstan’s deputy Prime Minister Azimbek Beknazarov presented his book “Аксы ыйы – улут кайгысы” (The Tears of Aksy: A Nation’s Tragedy). Contrary to journalists’ expectations, not everyone from Kyrgyzstan’s political establishment was in attendance. A few politicians and human rights activists came to congratulate the vice-premier, but mainly those who are the subject of his book, or were involved in the events described. It is the second installment in Beknazarov’s trilogy on the history of a young, sovereign state. The cover shows the snow-capped mountains of Kyrgyzstan, and the 617 pages of…

Developing Leaders in Kyrgyzstan

Translation of Mirbek’s post (RUS) On 18 December, the American University in Central Asia (AUCA) hosted an event called Development Leadership Day, a one-day seminar for university students in Bishkek, during which companies from various sectors of the economy conducted training sessions focused on the theme “how to become a leader in today’s world.” The event gave young people an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of companies, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and find out about career opportunities in Kyrgyastan’s job market.

Kazakh Bloggers Discuss Religion

Translation of Askhat’s post (KAZ, RUS) Because Kazakhstan does not have a clear religious policy, it has become the norm that everyone is entitled to his or her own perspective on faith. As it was twenty years ago, no one is really bothered by this multitude of views, which is evidenced by the debate on religion and traditions, which recently spilled over into the blogosphere. The discussion was sparked by the Kara Zhorga dance, which has become popular in the country in the last few years.

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