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Local Communities in the South of Kyrgyzstan Discuss Importance of Religious Tolerance for Peace

Religion has been increasingly penetrating our everyday life. Over the past twenty years we have turned from the country of total atheism to an islet where the various faiths, traditional as well as imported from abroad, peacefully coexist. Situation with religion in Kyrgyzstan remains ambiguous.&nbmore

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Passing the Baton of Democracy in Kyrgyzstan

by Kori Udovički 24 October 2011 - Presidential elections will be held on 30 October in the Kyrgyz Republic—a poor, landlocked country in post-Soviet Central Asia. This vote will be Central Asia’s first presidential election in which the incumbent faithfully respected a fundamentally democratic conmore

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Saving unique fish in Issyk Kul

"I used to be a fisherman – like 10 to 15 percent of the people living in my district," said Ulan Abdyldaev, a fishermen from the Kuturga village located north of Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. "We used to go out into the lake, put up our nets and catch a lot of fish, mainly chebak andmore

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Setting Ground Rules for Investments in Hydro Power

“It’s just plain and dry land for now, but I hope in several years this land will be green and employ hundreds of farmers,” says Asan Halbekov showing the 2,000 hectares of land in Toguz-Bulak Village located in the far west of Kyrgyzstan’s Batken Province. “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, tmore

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The Road to Peace

A 2,100-meter long road that connects three villages of Kenesh village district in the south of Kyrgyzstan has not been renovated for the last 30 years. Villagers tried to fix it from time to time with their own funds but collecting money has always been a painful process because of tensions betweenmore