Author: Aysha Akhmedov

A raid was held in Bishkek to improve the territories of construction sites. The press service of the City Hall reported. According to it, the work is being carried out on behalf of the mayor Aibek Dzhunushaliev. The municipal inspection for control over the improvement of the City Hall, together with the Department of State Architectural and Construction Control, checked compliance with safety requirements on construction sites, the aesthetic appearance of fences, possible facts of the location of additional building elements outside the designed construction area, unauthorized storage of waste, destruction of existing roads and sidewalks due to the installation of utility networks, as well as the availability of car washing devices at the exit from the construction site. A total of 16 objects were checked.…

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The Elechek, Kyrgyz female headwear, was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage on December 6. According to the Organization, the decision was made unanimously at the 18th session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is taking place from 4 to 9 December 2023 in Kasane, Botswana. Of the 60 nominations presented this year, the nomination “Elechek, Kyrgyz female headwear: traditional knowledge and rituals” is one of 18 nominations recognized by international experts as the best and well-prepared. Work on the preparation of this nomination was carried out by the Ministry…

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International projects of the Russian Ministry of Education – Russian Teacher Abroad and Power of the Mind – will be continued in the new academic year in Kyrgyzstan. 120 teachers will work in 51 schools of Kyrgyzstan under Russian Teacher Abroad Project, the Ministry of Education said. “The Power of Mind Project will continue also, where Russian teachers will offer additional classes in advanced study of physics and mathematics. The student exchange program is continuing, when children from Kyrgyzstan go to the Interdom International School in Ivanovo for 3-month training program,” Russian Deputy Minister of Education Denis Gribov said at…

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The country’s third repatriation was carried out with the help of the US, the UN and the Red Cross. he government of Kyrgyzstan has said 95 wives and children of ISIL (ISIS) fighters have been repatriated from internment camps in Syria. “The humanitarian mission on August 30, was carried out to repatriate citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic staying in a camp in northeast Syria,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday. “Thirty-one women and 64 children who are Kyrgyz citizens were transferred from Syria to Kyrgyzstan,” the ministry added, highlighting that as a part of this mission, the…

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An American court found that Mukhtar Ablyazov stole money from BTA Bank and laundered it in the United States. This is stated in a statement published on the official website of BTA Bank. On July 31, 2023, Judge John G. Költle, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, reportedly ruled in favor of BTA Bank JSC against Triadou SPV SA for over $193 million. The court’s decision follows a December 2022 jury verdict that held Triadou liable for embezzlement and illicit enrichment. “In addition to the jury’s verdict, the judge, after studying the case…

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The Bishkek City Court has rejected an appeal filed by Salkynai Alimbaeva, the wife of jailed Kyrgyz opposition politician Ravshan Jeenbekov, against her pretrial detention. Alimbaeva was arrested in late May on charges related to the alleged illegal purchase of two parcels of land in Bishkek last year. Alimbaeva insists that the charges are ungrounded. Alimbaeva’s husband was arrested along with more than 20 opposition politicians, activists, and journalists in October last year over their protest against a controversial border deal with Uzbekistan. They were accused of planning riots, a charge they reject as politically motivated.

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Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov has signed into law a property amnesty bill that the government says is aimed at increasing domestic and foreign investment in the Kyrgyz economy and decreasing the level of the so-called “shadow economy.” According to Japarov’s website, the Law on Voluntary Legalization and Amnesty of Personal Assets, which was approved by the Central Asian nation’s lawmakers in early May, would cover money and property, even if illegally obtained, as a means of attracting property and assets of individuals to the nation’s legal economy. Opposition politicians and some public figures have criticized the bill, saying it contradicts Kyrgyzstan’s constitution, the…

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One of several West African players living in Kyrgyzstan, 37-year-old Tagoe says he dreams of developing a football culture in the poor Central Asian country. “My dream is to have them play in English premiership, in Spain, in Russia,” Tagoe told AFP in English, referring to the young players. It is an ambitious task in a country not known to be a major football nation. Mixed martial arts and wrestling are among favourite sports in Kyrgyzstan, and much of the country still lacks adequate sporting facilities. Tagoe arrived in Kyrgyzstan from Russia when he was in his early 20s and…

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Kyrgyz have always treated headwear with special respect. Disrespecting someone’s headwear was equated to humiliation of its owner. Number of rules regarding headwear exist to this day: one can not sell his headwear or pass it to someone else; you shouldn’t play with it or put it on the ground; when taking off, both hands should be used. In the house, headwear is usually kept in a place of honour. Traditional headwear kalpak and elechek reflect the national identity and have special status. Kalpak, or ak kalpak, is a male headwear made of felt. Ak kalpak is worn at work,…

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When she arrived in Moscow over a decade ago, Venera Toktorova endured the typical fate of immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, taking on a series of tough, low-paid jobs. Today, after years of hard work, she is a successful entrepreneur who owns two restaurants, and the only Kyrgyz movie theatre in the city, which she co-founded. In a lively café filled with Asian music in Moscow’s east, a woman watches the comings and goings of the servers with an authoritative eye, while checking her mobile phone from time to time. Wearing a light-coloured dress and her hair neatly tied back, Venera Toktorova,…

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