Also by Venera Djumataeva
March 20, 2015
Kyrgyz Mercenary Details Russian Military Role In Ukraine
A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has spoken in detail about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov says Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region -- and that Moscow has stepped up the provision of heavy weaponry.
August 26, 2013
Muslim Missionaries Make Kyrgyz Inroads Through Bangladeshi Madrasah
The Tablighi Jaamat, a conservative Sunni Islamic movement, has been conducting missionary work in Kyrgyzstan for years. But reports that the avowed pacifistic group is expanding its reach among impoverished youth by offering free education abroad is raising concerns among Kyrgyz authorities.
June 27, 2011
Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva Is One Of A Kind
Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva -- a former foreign minister, diplomat, and longtime opposition figure -- is a very different leader compared to her predecessors in Kyrgyzstan and counterparts in Central Asia. RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service Director Venera Djumataeva looks at the achievements and failures of Otunbaeva's first year in office.
March 08, 2010
In Kyrgyzstan, Polygamy's Rise Takes Its Toll On Women
The institution of marriage is ideally meant to bring a sense of comfort and security to its partnership. But a rise in polygamy among increasingly devout Central Asian Muslims is changing the rules about family life -- and leaving many women vulnerable and betrayed in the process.
February 23, 2010
Russian-Kyrgyz Relations Encounter A Chill
Relations between longtime allies Russia and Kyrgyzstan seemed as close as ever when Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev announced that the U.S.-run, Manas air base outside Bishkek would be closed. But a year later, the two are in open disagreement.
December 11, 2009
'89 Kyrgyz Protests Verged On Ethnic Conflict
Kyrgyzstan today is still a place where people of different ethnicity live together peacefully. But in the summer and fall of 1989, it really seemed as if things could turn out far worse. I don't think we realized the danger of the fire we were playing with.