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Kidnapped, raped and wed against their will: Kyrgyz women’s fight against a brutal tradition
At least 12,000 women are still abducted and forced into marriage every year in Kyrgyzstan. But pressure is growing to finally end the medieval custom

Mauro Mondello

30, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘I’m scared of being killed’: sex worker activists speak out
Rights defenders describe threats and abuse while working to protect their communities

Interviews by Sarah Johnson

12, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Sex workers fighting for human rights among world’s most ‘at risk activists’
Exclusive: Front Line Defenders report says rights defenders working in sex industry face ‘targeted attacks’ around the world

Sarah Johnson

12, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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'Not enough work, not enough money': can this Kyrgyz village survive without tourists? A picture essay
Life was hard in this remote area of central Asia, until tourism offered new hope. Then Covid-19 struck and the tourists stopped coming

Karen Cirillo

04, Jan, 2021 @7:45 AM

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Ex-prisoner Sadyr Japarov confirmed as Kyrgyzstan president
Nationalist politician jailed for kidnapping to lead country until elections next year

Theo Merz in Moscow

16, Oct, 2020 @9:39 AM

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Covid-19 intensifies elder abuse globally as hospitals prioritise young
Older patients turned away or left untreated, while domestic abuse is also rising, leading charity reports

Hannah Summers

30, Jun, 2020 @6:15 AM

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Kyrgyzstan's former president detained after violent clashes
Previous attempt to arrest Almazbek Atambayev led to fighting between soldiers and his supporters

Andrew Roth in Moscow and agencies

08, Aug, 2019 @2:20 PM

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Blackpool FC, a Kyrgyzstan money-laundering conviction and a non-takeover
Valeri Belokon thought he had the go-ahead to take over Blackpool from Owen Oyston but a court hearing in Kyrgyzstan – which he says ignored natural justice – has the club in limbo

David Conn

18, Oct, 2018 @5:49 PM

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‘The decline of Russian dominance is striking’: readers respond from the Stans
Guardian Cities readers on the rise of the shopping mall, rivalry between oil-rich Kazakhstan and its rural neighbours – and even a defence of dictatorship

Guardian readers

20, Oct, 2017 @11:41 AM

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Биз баарыбыз кайсы бир даражада курмандыктарбыз':Эмнеге Бишкектеги гей клубтар жабылды
ЛГБТ пропаганда Кыргызстандын борбору коп убактан бери Орто Азияда эркиндиктин байрагы болуп келген. Коомчулук, кол салуулар жана зордуктардан улам, коркуунун астында жашайт

Кейт Арнолд Бишкектен

20, Oct, 2017 @11:27 AM

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'All of us will be victims at some point': why Bishkek's only gay club closed
The Kyrgyz capital was long a liberal beacon in Central Asia – until a ban on ‘LGBT propaganda’. With attacks and rapes on the rise, the community is scared

Katie Arnold in Bishkek

19, Oct, 2017 @11:04 AM

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Insta-stans: the cities of post-Soviet Central Asia captured on Instagram
From the stunning ancient cities of the Old Silk Road, to the ornate metro system of Almaty, social media allows people who live in or pass through the ‘Stans’ to share glimpses of their cities with the world

Elle Hunt

17, Oct, 2017 @7:52 AM

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