Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Revisited
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The March 2005 protests over rigged parliamentary elections that forced Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev from office were initially hailed as a long-awaited sign of Central Asian democracy in action. But what changed for ordinary Kyrgyz in the year that followed? -- Did the so-called Tulip Revolution meet popular expectations? -- To find out, EurasiaNet recorded six audio-enhanced photo narratives with individuals throughout the country.

Andrei Tsvetkov,
Executive Director,
NTS Television,
Bishkek

"The government promised full freedom for all media, but this process isn't moving forward."

Adakhamjon Khakimov,
Imam,
Imam Ismail Bukhoriy Mosque,
Jalal-Abad

"In Kyrgyzstan, domestic political extremism is stronger than religious extremism. This is the main source of instability."

Tynaim Karatayeva,
Migrant to Russia,
Bishkek/Osh

"Kyrgyzstan is a wonderful country. If they paid us well, no one would leave."

Narbekov Orozbai,
Farmer,
Talas

"The government can't do anything in such a short time. We have to wait, have patience."

Ermek Niyazov,
Founder/CEO,
Ermex Group Company,
Bishkek

"The government doesn't have the right to celebrate the revolution until compensation is paid."

Galina Vershagina,
Schoolteacher,
Karakol

"Teachers are leaving who could do a lot of good for this state. If they were quiet about this formerly, now they're starting to talk about it."

Rinat Maksutov,
Police Captain,
Bishkek

"Society's relationship with the police will change, trust will increase, and, gradually, there will be a different approach."

Khamrokhon Kamilova,
Laboratory Assistant,
Osh

"I do not think it is good that ethnic Uzbeks of Jalal-Abad want to make Uzbek an official language."
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