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Feared Kyrgyz Prosecutor on Chopping Block
Six months into his term, President Jeenbekov is putting his own stamp on the country, dismaying his predecessor.

Superpower Chess Games in Central Asia
Washington may be giving up on Kyrgyzstan, China ups its game in Tajikistan, and both keep a watchful eye on Moscow.

Kyrgyzstan Celebrates National Hat Day
The new holiday reveals patriotic sentiments in a country where national traditions are on the upswing.

Kazakhstan Tightens Squeeze on Media
Astana reinforces its status as a no-go area for independent media, while ostensibly more open Kyrgyzstan cracks down on opposition TV station.

Warming Spell Forecast on Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border
Troubled region welcomes readiness to address longstanding grievances on both sides.

Bigamous Kyrgyz Cleric Is Unrepentant
The popular ex-mufti insists that polygamy is tradition, sparking a debate on the role of Islam in the officially secular state.

Changed Status of Central Asian Big Cat Might Have Been Premature
Although no longer endangered, snow leopards remain on the list of threatened species.

Kyrgyz Culture Minister Victim of Mummy’s Curse
Self-professed psychics claimed the spirit world demanded the return of the centuries-old woman’s preserved remains.

Kyrgyzstan Won’t Let Astana Off the Hook
Government adds an unmet aid pledge to its list of grievances with Kazakhstan, although some progress made on border dispute.

Jeenbekov Scores Surprise First-Round Win in Kyrgyz Election
Observers note procedural problems, praise orderly transfer of power.