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Russian troops marched down Bishkek’s main thoroughfare on May 9 for the first time since Kyrgyzstan’s independence from the Soviet Union. They were there to celebrate a common victory in World...
Sukhrab Bazarbaev, 42, is a self-employed butcher with two shops in Tokmok, a city of 50,000 people in northern Kyrgyzstan. One of the country’s small Uighur minority, he sells only halal beef,...
The year-long unrest and conflict in Ukraine that first escalated and then subsided had repercussions from Turkey in the west to Kyrgyzstan in the east, with governments attempting to...
There are three ways Central Asian guest workers travel to Russia, the magnet that draws millions of Kyrgyz, Tajiks and Uzbeks each year. The most expensive is by plane. Train is less pricey. Bus...
It was a local Uzbek reporter and friend who accompanied me to the famous Osh bazaar in Kyrgyzstan’s southwest during my first visit in June 2006. The sprawling shopping complex – centuries ago a...
Men in fatigues face off across a small bridge inside a gorge: On the higher ground, a dozen Kyrgyz special forces and border guards are encamped in an apricot orchard; less than 15 meters away, a...
Istanbul's city center exploded in protest during the summer, Syria's civil war continued through the year, the targeting of undocumented workers in Russia intensified, and America's use of the...
American airmen at the Manas air base, outside Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, have begun packing. They'll be gone by next summer, together with their fleet of refueling tankers.
Central Asian migrant workers in Russia are dealing with tough times. So it’s no surprise that those working out at a mixed martial arts gym in an industrial part of Moscow’s Donskoy District are...
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