Opposition parties seize power in Kyrgyzstan amid growing geopolitical rivalry in the region

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 8 October 2020

The current seizure of power marks the third removal of a sitting president since 1991 in a poverty-stricken country that is dominated by oligarchic politics and geopolitical rivalries.

Australian government considers removing refugees to Kyrgyzstan

By Max Newman, 14 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan, one of a number of former Soviet Union countries being considered for transferring refugees, ranks among the 50 poorest countries in the world.

Protests in Kyrgyzstan continue

By Clara Weiss, 6 June 2013

Last week’s protests against the Canadian-owned coal mine Kumtor in Kyrgyzstan have spread from the northern district Dzhety-Oguz to other parts of the country.

Kyrgyzstan imposes state of emergency against mine protest

By Andrea Peters, 1 June 2013

The Kyrgyz government imposed a state of emergency in the north of the country to suppress protests against the country’s largest mining operation.

Great power rivalries intensify ethnic conflicts in Kyrgyzstan

By Niall Green, 16 September 2010

In an expression of the deep political instability wracking Kygryzstan, fueled by great power rivalries in the region, an international policing mission scheduled to deploy in the country’s south was postponed on September 2.

Kyrgyz ethnic pogroms leave 2,000 dead, 400,000 homeless

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2010

Bloodshed continued in Kyrgyzstan after ethnic pogroms left thousands dead and 8 percent of the country’s population homeless, and amid continuing political conflict after the April ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Hundreds killed and wounded in ethnic pogroms in Kyrgyzstan

Unrest destabilizes Central Asian region

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2010

Mobs of ethnic Kyrgyz continued to attack ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, bringing the government’s official casualty toll to 124 killed and 1,685 wounded.

Interim government moves to consolidate power in Kyrgyzstan

By Niall Green, 26 May 2010

The interim government in the ex-Soviet republic Kyrgyzstan is attempting to consolidate its rule, implementing a state of emergency in one of the largest cities and postponing promised elections.

Rival factions continue to vie for power in Kyrgyzstan

By Niall Green, 17 May 2010

Over one month since anti-government demonstrations in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev from office, fighting continues between rival factions in the former Soviet republic.

Political instability continues in Kyrgyzstan after president flees

By Niall Green, 21 April 2010

Political tensions between supporters of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the new interim government in Bishkek continue to destabilize this strategically important Central Asian country.

Kyrgyz president flees country

By Andrea Peters, 17 April 2010

The ousted president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has left the country. While his departure has forestalled the possible outbreak of civil war, the political situation remains unstable in the impoverished Central Asian nation.

Kyrgyz opposition struggles to consolidate power

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2010

As fighting continues between supporters of ousted President Bakiyev and of the opposition, a potentially explosive struggle for influence is developing between the US and Russia.

Struggle for power continues in Kyrgyzstan

By Niall Green, 9 April 2010

As President Bakiyev and the opposition groups vie for control, the major powers seek to maintain their interests in Kyrgyzstan, where impoverished workers have risen up against the despotic US-backed regime.

Kyrgyz government falls

By Niall Green, 8 April 2010

The government of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan appears to have fallen. The impoverished state plays a crucial role in Washington’s war in Afghanistan and is a center of intrigue between the major powers.

US outrage over “rigged” elections does not extend to Kyrgyzstan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2009

The rigging of an election, the repression of opposition candidates and the use of police violence against demonstrators has been met with silence and indifference on the part of the Obama administration and the US media.

US-Russia tensions escalate over closure of Afghan supply base

By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2009

The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow.