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Padecky: In Santa Rosa and far from home, Kyrgyzstan wrestler turns focus to mixed martial arts

Their voices were soft, quiet, respectful, the kind you hear in a library, the kind which make the speakers purposely invisible. David Terrell and Aiaal Lazarev weren’t betraying their subject matter. Coulda been talking about doing laundry.


Kyrgyzstan: Omurbek Babanov’s Canceled Return

Kyrgyz politician and former presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov canceled plans to return to Kyrgyzstan after several days of intense commotion following his announcement that he would come home. Babanov has been abroad since fleeing Kyrgyzstan in November 2017 in the wake of his failed president


Russia and Kyrgyzstan: New Stage in Relations

On 28 March 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan. His Kyrgyz counterpart, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, called the trip historical. Media outlets have primarily focused on agreements, reached via negotiations between the two leaders, on the expansion of the te


President of Kyrgyzstan meets with UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko

Upon arrival in her native Kyrgyzstan for the first time in eight years, Valentina Shevchenko was given a hero’s welcome by fans, fighters, and politicians alike. Flanked by her coach Pavel Fedotov and her mother, Shevchenko arrived at the Manas airport on April 7, where she was greeted by swarms of


Why Was Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov in Germany?

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov landed in Germany in April 14 for a two day official visit. The trip is Jeenbekov’s first to Germany after becoming president in 2017 and comes almost exactly four years after his predecessor, Almazbek Atambayev, made the trek to Germany. The results of the trip


Measles cases rose nearly four-fold in first quarter 2019: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of measles cases worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 to 112,163 against the same period last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, citing provisional data.


Kyrgyzstan revealed in beautiful landscape photos

Dutch landscape photographer Albert Dros visits Kyrgyzstan and returns with incredible images. See the beautiful photos he took in this former Soviet republic.


Kyrgyzstan’s neighbours have too little politics, but it has too much

AT THIS TIME of year the wild cherry blossom spreads from the valley floor up the flanks of the mountains that form the glorious backdrop to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s laid-back capital. Kyrgyzstan itself used to be the democratic flower of Central Asia, surrounded by hulking autocracies. But democracy h


8 wild and beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan

The cities of Kyrgyzstan are filled with Soviet-style buildings, sprawling markets, and ornate mosques. However, outside of the bustling, metropolitan streets of Bishkek and Osh, wonder awaits: A journey deeper into the wilder parts of Kyrgyzstan treats the senses with turquoise alpine lakes, toweri


How wild landscapes of Kyrgyzstan seduced photographer Albert Dros

Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan (CNN) — It's darker than dark. A solid beam of torchlight punches through the blackness ahead where giant, unseen towers of rock point up to a night sky crazed with billions of stars.


Martijn Doolaard Photographs Extreme Cycling in Kyrgyzstan’s Winter

All photos by Martijn Doolaard. Used with Creative Commons permission. Bitten by the travel bug and now craving for an adventure of a lifetime? That’s exactly what our featured travel photography project will inspire in you today. If you have a great love for the outdoors and are keen on embarking o


“Nomad Cowboys” share experiences at the Playhouse

JACKSON, WY — Sports commonly bring people together across cultures, languages, and geography. And it was a sport, Kok-Boru, that unified people from the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) and little ol’ Wyoming.


Kyrgyzstan Urged To Drop Charges Against Anti-Putin Protesters

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Kyrgyzstan to drop the case against a couple who is facing criminal charges for staging a peaceful protest ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putins visit to Bishkek last week.


A Spring Split for Kyrgyzstan’s Major Party?

Kyrgyzstan’s dominant political party is splitting. With parliamentary elections expected in October 2020, the shattering of the Social Democratic Party (SDPK) has implications for the balance of power in the state.


Kyrgyzstan President Appoints Chief Of Anti-Terrorism Center

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has appointed Mirlan Turgunbekov as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Central Asian country's National Security Committee. "President Jeenbekov has signed a decree appointing Turgunbekov as deputy chairman of the State National Security Committee and dire


The Teenage Investigative Reporters Taking on Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

For Bektour Iskender, a death threat from government security services arrived at just the right time. In its first four years, nobody paid much attention to Kloop, the scrappy youth news organization of “strange teenagers who write about politics” that he founded. That changed in 2010 when Kloop pu


Putin views Russia’s military base in Kyrgyzstan as stability factor for Central Asia

BISHKEK, March 28. /TASS/. The presence of the Russian military in Kyrgyzstan makes a considerable contribution to strengthening the republic’s defense capability and ensuring security in Central Asia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after negotiations with his Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Jee


Shepherding In A New Life In Kyrgyzstan

Iskak Askarov worked in Russia as a builder before returning home to use the money he earned there to set up a sheep farm in his native Kyrgyzstan. He employs a shepherd and gets extra help from family during the busy lambing season.


Batken is the oblast with the highest percentage of children enrolled in pre-school education, according to the last published data

Bishkek, 12 April 2019.- The Batken Oblast is hosting a regional conference on “Promoting the importance of early childhood development and pre-school education for all children” on 12-13 April, under the auspices of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government of Kyrgyzstan in the Batken re


How this elite climber keeps finding new heights to explore

Before Beth Rodden became known as the "climbing mom," she was one of the world's top climbers. Between 2000 and 2008, Rodden and her then-partner Tommy Caldwell knocked off routes other climbers found impossible. When they first teamed up in 2000, both were up and coming stars in the climbing world