Category: Kyrgyzstan


Convicted Former Top Kyrgyz Officials Transferred To Different Prisons

BISHKEK — Two former Kyrgyz prime ministers convicted on corruption charges stemming from their involvement in a 2013 project to modernize the Bishkek Thermal Power Station have been transferred to different penitentiaries. The State Penitentiary Service (JAMK) said on April 22 that former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison, […]


Kyrgyzstan Asks China For Debt Relief Amid Economic Strain Of Pandemic

Kyrgyzstan has asked China for debt relief as it struggles with the economic shocks of the coronavirus pandemic.President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s office said on April 14 he had asked Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a phone call to consider “easing and prolonging payments on Kyrgyzstan’s external debt to China.”The request was made “considering the negative impact […]


RFE/RL Calls For Accountability After Allegations Of Threats Against Kyrgyz Journalist

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has called for Kyrgyz authorities to investigate allegations by a former customs officer that his ex-boss urged him to bring a Kyrgyz Service journalist from the U.S.-funded broadcaster back to Kyrgyzstan “dead or alive.”Emilbek Kimsanov made the allegation in an undated video that was posted on Facebook on April 10 by […]


RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, Partners Win Top Criminal-Justice Reporting Award For Kyrgyz Expose

A joint team from RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP,) and the Kyrgyz news site Kloop has been awarded the 2019 Tom Renner Award from U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) for a series of stories exposing massive outflows of cash from Kyrgyzstan, one of the world’s poorest countries. The […]


IMF’s Georgieva Says World In Recession, Urges Funds for Emerging-Market Nations

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva says the global economy has already been thrust into a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic and she urged countries to respond with “very massive” spending programs to avoid a flood of bankruptcies and debt defaults in emerging markets.Georgieva, a Bulgarian economist, told a news conference on March […]


Former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev’s Trial Over Deadly Clashes To Start On March 23

BISHKEK — The trial of former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev and 13 co-defendants over deadly clashes with security forces last year at Atambaev’s compound in a Bishkek suburb is set to begin March 23.The Birinchi Mai district court in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, ruled earlier in March that it will start the high-profile trial behind […]

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