Kyrgyzstan

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, an elderly man sits inside a bus in the station of Moscow, Russia. More and more migrants from the Central Asia are coming come to Moscow in search of work.

Russia’s war creates economic hardships for Central Asian migrants

As the Russian economy starts to slow down because of Western sanctions, migrant workers from Central Asia, who often work low-wage jobs in Russia, have been some of the first to feel the war’s economic impact.

Russia’s war creates economic hardships for Central Asian migrants
The walnut forests of southern Kyrgyzstan sprawl along the tops of steep hills. They are believed to be the largest natural walnut forest on earth.

Kyrgyzstan’s walnut forests dwindle with increased cattle farming, climate change

Kyrgyzstan’s walnut forests dwindle with increased cattle farming, climate change
Many of the Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are adorned with Stars of David.

The Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are fading. But a small Jewish community continues to thrive. 

The Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are fading. But a small Jewish community continues to thrive. 
Citizen scientist Pavel Plotitsyn is on a mission to help citizens gauge air quality in Central Asia, where air pollution is a health major hazard.

This citizen scientist is on a mission to help gauge air quality in Central Asia

This citizen scientist is on a mission to help gauge air quality in Central Asia
Some Afghan students were relocated to the American University of Centra Asia in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan, when Kabul fell to the Taliban.

Some Afghan university students find refuge — and hope — in Kyrgyzstan

Some Afghan university students find refuge — and hope — in Kyrgyzstan
A snow leopard sunbathes in the wild.

Kyrgyzstan’s remaining snow leopards under threat due to climate change, COVID

The Snow Leopard Trust works to protect vulnerable snow leopards that face wide-ranging threats primarily due to climate change.

Kyrgyzstan’s remaining snow leopards under threat due to climate change, COVID
Sooronbay Jeenbekov is shown walking past the blue, yellow and red national flag.

Kyrgyzstan's president says he's quitting to avoid bloodshed

Kyrgyzstan's embattled president said Thursday he was resigning following protests over a disputed parliamentary election, the third time in 15 years that a leader of the Central Asian country has been ousted by a popular uprising.

Kyrgyzstan's president says he's quitting to avoid bloodshed
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and US Vice President Mike Pence participate in their 2020 vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Harris and Pence trade barbs on foreign policy; Russia sees backyard chaos; Brazil cases top 5 million

The US vice presidential candidates battled on Wednesday evening in Salt Lake City with foreign policy topics taking up a solid chunk of time, Russia looks at a handful of chaotic scenes in its backyard — from Belarus and the Caucasus to Central Asia — and Brazil’s reported cases of the coronavirus passed the 5 million mark this week.

Harris and Pence trade barbs on foreign policy; Russia sees backyard chaos; Brazil cases top 5 million
With full-body PPE and disinfecting equipment, a member of the White House cleaning staff sprays the press briefing room the evening of US President Donald Trump's return from Walter Reed Medical Center, in Washington, DC, Oct. 5, 2020.

Trump home from Walter Reed hospital; Kyrgyzstan faces coup; US judge orders Iran payment

US President Donald Trump has returned to the White House, still infectious with COVID-19. Opposition groups in Kyrgyzstan claimed to have seized power in the Central Asian country. And a US judge has ordered Iran to pay $1.45 billion to former FBI agent Robert Levinson’s family.

Trump home from Walter Reed hospital; Kyrgyzstan faces coup; US judge orders Iran payment
A man is shown waving the Kyrgyzstan flag as hundreds of people are crowded below in city square.

Kyrgyzstan cancels parliament election results after unrest

The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan declared the results of the weekend's parliamentary election invalid on Tuesday after mass protests erupted in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and other cities, with opposition supporters seizing government buildings overnight and demanding a new election.

Kyrgyzstan cancels parliament election results after unrest
a little girl and her doll peek through a rusted wall

Need to solve a border dispute? Look to Ethiopia and Uzbekistan

2018 saw positive steps towards resolving some of the world’s most difficult border conflicts, between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and Ethiopia and Eritrea. What lessons can be drawn from these examples?

Need to solve a border dispute? Look to Ethiopia and Uzbekistan
President Atambayev has pushed for alterations in the Kyrgyzstan's constitution.

Who lost Kyrgyzstan's constitution?

An effort to amend Kyrgyzstan's constitution uncovered something shocking: No one knew where the constitution was located.

Who lost Kyrgyzstan's constitution?
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Russia chooses myth over history in new WWII movie

A new state-sponsored movie in Russia commemorates the sacrifice of “Panfilov's 28” in the WWII battle for Moscow. Their story is as iconic for Russians as the flag-raising over Iwo Jima is for Americans. The only problem is, it's not quite true.

Russia chooses myth over history in new WWII movie
A teenage horseman practices his draw between rounds of horseback archery. The event, known as "Atchan jaa atuu," requires riders to shoot at targets while at full gallop.

At the World Nomad Games, top athletes compete in horseback archery, eagle hunting and more

The mission of the World Nomad Games is the revival and preservation of nomadic people's historical cultural heritage.

At the World Nomad Games, top athletes compete in horseback archery, eagle hunting and more
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Russian-style anti-gay legislation has inspired homophobic attacks in Kyrgyzstan

Lesbian, gay and transgender people are feeling the impact of a proposed law that prevents discussion of LGBT issues. The place is Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic that is closely allied with Russia. Kyrgyz gays say the legislation coincides with a wave of homophobia and hate crimes.

Russian-style anti-gay legislation has inspired homophobic attacks in Kyrgyzstan