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Reputed Chechen-Kyrgyz Crime Boss's Sister Detained In Russia

A sister of a reputed crime boss from Kyrgyzstan, Aziz Batukaev, has been detained in Russia and charged with drug possession. More

Kyrgyz, Uzbeks Die In Moscow Fire

Eight Kyrgyz citizens, including one child, were killed when a fire swept through a textile workshop in northeastern Moscow over the weekend. More

Critic Of Kyrgyz Government Official Flees Country

A critic of a top Kyrgyz government official has fled the country to avoid paying a large fine. More

Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev attends the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival held at the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in March 2012.

Kyrgyz Ex-President Skips Brother's Burial

Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev will not be attending his brother's burial in Kyrgyzstan. More

Police officers detain a protester in Moscow last year. According to Freedom House, 2015 saw Russia and other authoritarian regimes "crack down harder on dissent."

Report: Biggest Slide In Freedom In A Decade

The worst year in global freedom in a decade saw Russia and China cracking down more due to "fear of social unrest" and particularly bad rankings for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, the rights monitor Freedom House reports. More

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Bad Time In Central Asia

The writing has been on the wall for Central Asia for months now -- an economic crisis was coming to Central Asia and there was no way of avoiding it. To discuss this new reality of Central Asia, today and for the foreseeable future, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service assembled a panel discussion. More

Kyrgyzstan Revokes Hydropower Deal With Russia

As expected, Kyrgyzstan's parliament has revoked an agreement with Russia to construct hydropower plants. Energy independence appears to be a long way away for Kyrgyzstan. More
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Kyrgyzstan, Russia Spar Over Child-Organ-Trafficking Accusations

A diplomatic ruckus is brewing between Russia and Kyrgyzstan following reports that Russian officials rescued two ethnic-Russian children in the Central Asian country from organ traffickers.

It's Not Just About The Horse Penis, It's About The Gold Mine

Kyrgyz were variously enraged and bemused after a British expat working at a foreign-owned gold mine jokingly compared a beloved local equine delicacy to a "horses penis." Michael McFeat is already paying a price for the perceived slur.
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