Having had to endure a number of high-profile corruption scandals and government crises in recent months, the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan put its economic and political woes aside on August 31 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of its secession from the Soviet Union. RFE/RL was in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek for the Independence Day festivities.See the photos on RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz website as well.
Kyrgyz officials accuse religious authorities of colluding with a controversial Islamic group to send young children to foreign religious schools. Some families with children in the program are taking exception.
BISHKEK — Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev says his government strongly supports a project to build a trans-Asia railway to connect his country to both China and Uzbekistan.
RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service interviews Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.
Enjoy @Radio_Azattyk’s photos of #Kyrgyzstan’s Yurta: Universal House of Nomds!
Kyrgyzstan’s Yurta: Universal House Of Nomads
This week’s pictures by Vlad Ushakov, a photographer for RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service, offer another tour of Kyrgyz traditions. Today we spotlight a Kyrgyz jurt, the traditional housing of Kyrgyz nomads. Venera Djumataeva, director of Radio Azattyk, says that, “the special shape of jurts assures ideal energy at every point inside of each jurt.” In summer time, as Djumataeva recalls, people build jurts in their back yards, and many serve as cafes or meeting places…[See the rest of the photos as part of our Facebook “Friday Photos From…” gallery.
Abbas Atilay, a photo correspondent for Radio Azadliq and Torokul Doorov from Radio Azattyk, have won three photography awards from Transitions Online for depictions of “Everyday Life” and “Arts and Culture.” Atilay’s submission also won TOL’s overall photography award for 2011…[READ MORE]
Kyrgyzstan’s state penitentiary service says that more than 400 inmates who were on a hunger strike over prison conditions sewed their mouths shut overnight after authorities decided to force-feed them.