Bishkek city official Beishenbek Abdrazakov says the monument is at the entrance to the Boom Gorge on the Bishkek-Balikchi highway, which links the capital to Lake Issyk-Kul. The ceremony is scheduled for August 25.
Abdrazakov says the monument honors the memory of some 100,000 people who died after a series of anti-Russian uprisings in Central Asia -- either at the hands of Cossacks, or while attempting to reach neighboring China.
The flight that followed the uprising is known in Kyrgyzstan as "Urkun," or exodus.
A photo gallery of images from the Urkun expedition (Flash required)
Central Asian Cinema
EAST OF THE WEST: On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.
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