Month: June 2014

New UNESCO string of world heritage monuments includes 6 Kyrgyz sites

Culture and education are just as important, if not more important, for the global community to survive and advance as trade and industry – let alone politics. With this in mind, the UN organisation for culture, science and education UNESCO has declared remains of ancient sites along the old Silk Route in Central Asia part of the “world cultural and historic heritage/” Kyrgyzstan is set to profit from it, for UNESCO’s recognition includes access to funds to rehabilitate and further explore the ancient sites. “UNESCO has registered several historical monuments in Kyrgyzstan,” 24.kg reported [] referring to the Assistant...

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Alstom on the move in Kyrgyzstan: will it be Dom Perignon or Coca Cola?

25/06’14 – Since they opened a branch office in Bishkek in summer last year, Alstom has cautiously built up a certain profile for itself in Kyrgyzstan. In how far the bright outlook of the French celebrated construction giant in Kyrgyzstan could be blurred by its upcoming merger with America’s General Electric, however, is something that should remain scrutinized for months if not years to come.   “Today Alstom inaugurated its first office in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,” a company press release on the occasion was to read. “Representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic, the...

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After hot water cut, Bishkek’s centre remains without gas in July

25/6’14 – After a period of almost a month without hot water, now central Bishkek is in for a month with no gas available. While for households this is more bearable than living with cold showers, in particular restaurants might have trouble serving their customers properly – especially with the take-off of the tourist season. “As part of preparation for autumn and winter season 2014-2015 the Kyrgyz gas company plans to cut off gas from 1 July 2014 to 1 August 2014 in the center of Bishkek necessary for repair works,” AKIpress [] reports. “The repair works will be...

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“Operation Slaughter” in Odessa and eastern Ukraine: US/EU-designed rehearsal for Central Asia?

It has long been assumed that during the uprising against the abusive Bakiyev regime in April 2010, the deadly gunfire causing dozens of killed and hundreds of injured came from the roofs around Bishkek’s Ala-Too Square, surrounded by government premises. Only this year, during a long-pending trial aiming at bringing those responsible (as far as they are still in the country) to justice, witness reports revealed that there have been mysterious gunmen among the crowd, aiming not at the snipers on the roofs but at the crowd itself. Who they were, remains a mystery but recent events in Kiev...

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“Economy of Kyrgyzstan to keep growing – and so does the number of deprived

Economic growth for Kyrgyzstan, which stood at a record-high 10.5 per cent in 2013, is set to continue over the upcoming few years though at a more modest pace, recently updated state forecasts tend to indicate. The division of wealth between various social layers, however, staunchly continues to favour the wealthier and keep the poorer stripped to the bone. The latter, which comprise a staggering one-third proportion of the population, are a time bomb under social stability in the form of “crimes of despair” which in itself signifies a threat not just to the economy as such but to...

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