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Avalanche Kills Belgian Tourist In Kyrgyzstan

A Belgian woman has been killed by an avalanche in Kyrgyzstan's northern Issyk-Kul region, local authorities said on February 20. According to the authorities, 34-year-old Klartje Cuyckens died near Boz-Uchuk gorge on February 19.


Meet the woman fighting to create a new wave of DIY filmmaking in Tajikistan

Since the end of its bitter civil war in 1997, Tajikistan has witnessed a creative exodus. Economic stagnation, rising authoritarianism, cultural conservatism, and isolation from global dialogue have forced the majority of the country’s best and brightest outside of its borders. Anisa Sabiri is dete


3-D Secure arrives in Kyrgyzstan with GPayments

GPayments, a leading provider of payment authentication solutions, announced today its collaboration with Interbank Processing Center (IPC) of Kyrgyzstan. GPayments is providing IPC with ActiveAccess to use as its 3-D Secure Access Control Server (ACS) hosted solution for its client banks. The proje


Russia warns United States against intervention in Venezuela

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against any interference, including military, into Venezuela’s internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two.


Majlis Podcast: The Challenges For Disabled People In Central Asia

Living with disabilities in Central Asia presents many challenges. Tight state budgets and social stigmas make integratingin society tough for many disabled people. RFE/RL's Media-Relations Manager Muhammad Tahir moderated a discussion on the problem. This week’s guests were all people who are worki


Preliminary Hearings Into Kyrgyz Officials' Corruption Case Begin

BISHKEK -- Preliminary hearings have begun in Kyrgyzstan into a high-profile corruption case against eight close allies of former President Almazbek Atambaev, who was in power from 2011 to 2017.


Will There Ever Be A Full Reunion Of DAVID LEE ROTH's 'Eat 'Em And Smile' Solo Band? STEVE VAI Weighs In

Guitar legend Steve Vai says that the timing just hasn't been "quite right " for a proposed reunion of VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth's solo band following the cancelation of their November 2015 performance at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood.


Foreign Citizen Detained In Kyrgyzstan On Terrorism Charges

BISHKEK -- A foreign citizen has been detained in Kyrgyzstan on suspicion of planning to create a criminal group for conducting a terrorist attack in the country, the State Committee for National Security (UKMK) says.


Russia will exit INF nuclear pact in six months: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will exit the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in six months as part of a symmetrical response to the United States’ pullout, the Interfax news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.


Putin focuses on bilateral relations at talks with Kyrgyz president in Sochi

Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin — MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. At an informal meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral and regional issues with his Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronb


Majlis Podcast: What Was Lavrov Looking For In Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, And Turkmenistan?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov paid official visits to Kyrgyzstan on February 3-4, Tajikistan on February 4-5, and Turkmenistan on February 5-6. It was an interesting choice for the Russian foreign minister to tour the three smallest countries in Central Asia but not visit Kazakhstan or Uzbe


Russia backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the crisis in Venezuela could only be solved by getting the authorities and the opposition to talk to each other, the RIA news agency reported.


These Soviet-Era Spas Are Still Accepting Guests

At the Aurora sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan, a Kyrgyz wrestler is about to take a swim in the pool before visiting the on-site gym for a workout. Crimea is home to the most splendid sanatoriums in the former Soviet Union, including the Foros sanatorium.


Kyrgyz Court Jails Man For Using WhatsApp To 'Incite Ethnic Hatred'

BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- A court in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Batken has sentenced a local man to four years in prison after convicting him of inciting ethnic hatred with posts on the WhatsApp messaging application.


Kyrgyz Republic: Weak Growth Despite Emerging Regional Opportunities

The fall/winter 2018 edition of the biannual Kyrgyz Republic Economic Update outlines the economic situation in the country as well as the medium-term development prospects. Real GDP growth slowed to 3.1 percent during January-November 2018, down from 3.7 percent in the same period during 2017. This


Two Kyrgyz Opposition Politicians Released On Parole

BISHKEK -- Two Kyrgyz opposition politicians who were jailed on charges of attempted power seizure have been released on parole. Kubanychbek Kadyrov and Bektur Asanov were released after their lawyers' motion to grant them early release was accepted, Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court said on February 12.


Afghan War Casualty Report: Feb. 1-7

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casu


Press review: Vietnam likely to host Trump-Kim, Trump-Xi summits and Russia goes cashless

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Washington banks on Vietnam in its trade talks with China. US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could meet in late February. Washington earlier said that work was in progress to lay the groundwork for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Acc


Can His Teen Investigative Reporters Battle an Anti-Press Regime?

Journalism has taken Bektour Iskender through revolutions, death threats and even a crowdfunded space venture. For Bektour Iskander, a death threat from government security services arrived at just the right time.


Moscow takes Western hubris in stride, says Lavrov

BISHKEK, February 4. /TASS/. Moscow can see Western countries’ reluctance to communicate on equal footing on various platforms but is calm about it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University on Monday.