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Life Sentence For Bakiev's Son

The son of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for embezzling millions of dollars of state funds. More

Kyrgyz Politician Detained On Drug Charges

Kyrgyz authorities say they have detained a political party leader who is suspected of trafficking illegal drugs. More

Antigay Group Breaks Up Bishkek Dance Gig

A group calling itself "Kalys," Kyrgyz for "arbitrator," has disrupted a scheduled performance of the Ukrainian dance group "Kazaky" in Bishkek. More

Russian Ambassador Against 'Putin Pub' In Bishkek

Russian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Andrei Krutko, has protested the new "Putin Pub" restaurant in Bishkek. More

WATCH: Members of the gay community in Kyrgyzstan say they already face hostility and violence, and they fear that the situation will worsen. (Reuters)

Video Kyrgyz Pass 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Lawmaker Kurmanbek Dyikanbaev told RFE/RL on October 15 that 79 deputies voted for the legislation, while seven voted against it. More

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Islamic State: 'Coming For Every Central Asian State'?

As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More

Video Zombie Nazi Invasion: Russian Video Warns That Racism Resurrects Fascism

Xenophobia is widespread in Russia according to public opinion polls. A new video by a rights group says it leads to fascism. More
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'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change.
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