Happy Riders’ Day! I mean Women’s…

Apparently Ms Otunbayeva does not realize that riding two horses at a time is not that easy as it may seem when one watches a circus acrobat doing so. It not only takes many long hours of exhausting training, but also those horses do not have their own strategic reasons for letting one to stand on their backs. But Bishkek is not mindful of that is trying to ride two horses named “Moscow” and “Washington”. One of the first steps the prime minister of a new kind—the top political figure kind after the political reforms that is—Almazbek Atambayev did was…

Int’l donors: you can’t force affected population to move – official

“History is made up of repetitions.” I personally don’t buy that. However, certain events make one re-think whether people living during following decades/centuries after a certain event have their own brains. The Nazi party won a landslide victory in the early 1930s after rallying about the German state’s unity and future (not immediate) prosperity for the Aryan race. Everyone else—the French, the British, the Jews, the Communists—were guilty in the lack of resources and low living standards in the poor post-Weimer Germany and they had to be exterminated, killed, driven out and enslaved.

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…

Teachers say they want to teach the Kyrgyz gov’t a lesson

It is funny how teachers in Kyrgyzstan do not see the real economic situation in the country and continue demanding to boost their salaries. Those who are supposed to be source of enlightenment and knowledge fail to evaluate the current budget’s limits. It is funny that teacher throughout (!) the country are posing the same demand. Or is it funny, and there is no invisible hand behind the educators’ rallies? The rallies are popping up in various parts of the country like an avalanche trace. Bazar Korgon teachers were first to take to street demanding to increase their salaries up…

Home away from home – hotel. No home at home – Osh?

Kyrgyzstan is a signatory to numerous international and UN conventions on human rights and liberties. Hence the celebration of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December every year. Unfortunately, this year’s Day is exactly half-a-year “late”; maybe the inhumane atrocities in the south would not have happened if there was so much attention the issue is enjoying these days. The state directorate for rebuilding Osh and Jalal-Abad reports that 30 damaged (!) houses in the south were not restored because “the owners were not present and were not included into the list of needy”… Of course, they had to…

Uzbekistan: “Other” Uzbeks used to appease “own” Uzbeks?

Uzbek citizens have been showing interest in the fate of ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan. The latest occurrence was reported by BBC when a Bukhara-based human rights organization has raised the issue of orphan children who lost their parents during the massacre in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Fergana.RU reported earlier that a group of human rights activists staged several rallies in Tashkent in support of their ethnic Uzbek colleague in Kyrgyzstan who was sentenced to life imprisonment. Uzbek President Islam Karimov told the UN General Assembly in September that an international inquiry was to be carried out into the June events. These were…

The revolution is for the enjoyment of the select few!

Somebody help me understand the logic in the Kyrgyz justice system’s actions. Another 17 ethnic Uzbeks were sentenced to life-long imprisonment by a rural court and two were sentenced to 25-year-old conviction for allegedly killing 16 people and destroying several vehicles. This is only a case in a number of cases where ethnic Uzbeks were imprisoned for life or for long periods for alleged killing of other citizens. The logic that I am failing to understand here is the fact that Human Rights Watch highlighted police’s and army’s involvement in the June massacre and brutality power-wielders employed to put down…

We’re back!

As of this morning, major operating system problems have been solved. There’s a hefty backlog of posts that need to go up, especially about the parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan, not to mention new material, including a series from Annasoltan on blogging in Turkmenistan. It’s going to take a little while, but don’t worry, neweurasia’s English site is indeed back!

Imprisonment of Uzbeks continue in Southern Kyrgyzstan

A spree of court trials continue raging in Southern Kyrgyzstan: a local court is going to consider the case of killing a local police chief and his driver in an Uzbek-strong neighborhood; two ethnic Uzbek residents were sentenced for writing SOS signs “thus instigating Uzbeks against Kyrgyz”; and four ethnic Uzbek clerics were sentenced for four years of imprisonment for calling out the call for prayer before its time “in order to call local residents to interethnic clashes.” It is no surprise that those being tried are all ethnic Uzbeks because both the national committee for investigation into the events…

It IS possible to seat on two chairs simultaneously… Look at me!

This is the second time in modern Kyrgyzstan’s history when its president meets an American counterpart. Kyrgyz President Roza Otumbayeva shook hands with U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama in New York on 24 September. A similar case had taken place in 2002 when ex-President George W. Bush received our ex-President Askar Akayev in the White House to discuss the then recently established NATO-led Manas anti-terror coalition’s air base just about 30 miles away from Bishkek.

And in the end, there shall stand only one…

In yesterday’s interview with Moscow-based Fergana.RU news agency, one of the (many, many) political figures has kicked in with several pre-electoral comments reading which one concludes he’s going to kick out (many, many) figures and personalities he is unhappy with. The “kicker” politician is Kamchibek Tashiev who was once himself actually booted out of the emergencies minister’s office. Long story short, let us see and comment on what the “savior of South” has to say. The ex-minister calls the OSCE police advisory group the “so-called policemen” and say he’s against them, as we have written before. According to Mr Tashiev,…

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