Bakyt Asanov is a Bishkek-based editor and television host for RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and host of the Experts' Analysis TV program. Bakyt specializes on political issues in Kyrgyzstan and the rest of Central Asia. He joined RFE/RL in 2011.
The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions applied against Moscow by the West as a result are hurting the economies of countries with close ties to Russia, such as Kyrgyzstan.
While hundreds of thousands of Kyrgyz citizens travel to Russia and Kazakhstan in search of work, many wonder why jobs at home are being taken by Chinese.
From the moment protesters began climbing the gates outside the Kyrgyz parliament building on October 3, doubts began to surface about what they were really there for.