Month: July 2014

Exercises in Kyrgyzstan bring CSTO forces closer to the danger zone

Following exercises in the southern Ural mountains just weeks ago, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have now moved their activity to the north of Kyrgyzstan, in the neighbourhood of Russia’s military base near the town of Kant. Drills in the area are to last from July 29 till August 1. It could be suggested that insinuations that the Ural drills were an indirect signal that Russia would not hesitate to mobilise its Central-Asian allies in case of a confrontation with western-backed Ukraine have motivated the CSTO alliance to demonstrate that Afghanistan rather than Ukraine has priority in attempts to...

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Bishkek Orthodox bishop told to say his prayers

In most countries of the world, cardinals and archbishops who act as heads of national branches of the Roman Catholic Church have diplomatic immunity, side by side with the so-called nuntius who acts as ambassador on behalf of the sovereign state of Vatican City – both the tiniest independent state in the world and one of the richest – hence the worldwide display of pomp and circumstance. The Russian Orthodox Church, however, though not exactly poor by itself, has far from such widespread privileges. Hence, the current head of its branch in Kyrgyzstan, Bishop Sergey Cazhu Fedorisy, is now...

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Electricity supplies: Kyrgyzstan braces for a dark winter

In June this year, the Ministry of Industry and Energy proposed to raise tariffs for subscribers using a three-phase input up to 1.2 som from July 1. For other consumers the tariff would remain the same at 0.7 som for household consumers, and 1.5 som for industrial enterprises (1 euro = approx..75 som). A new law authorised the government to determine tariff settings without previous consent of both Parliament and the President, with, however, the former preserving the right to intervene and correct government measures related to it.   Electricity consumption in Kyrgyzstan is on a major-scale increase –...

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Kyrgyzstan participates in CSTO ground exercises

With America’s troops and their auxiliary forces from other NAto member states having all but completely pulled out of Afghanistan, the world holds its breath as to whether or not regional powers will manage to constrain the threat of terrorism and other plagues in the world today by themselves. Instrumental in this regard is regional cooperation, the best example of which was demonstrated last week in joint exercises by armed forces in Central Asia, held in the southern Ural mountain range at a safe distance but very much with current threats further to the south in mind.   “Russia...

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Radioactivity spotted on Japanese cars popping up in Bishkek

If you have just bought a second-hand car made in Japan and one morning you look in the mirror to see your eyes shining green, there could well be a connection. “A total of 70 used cars imported from Japan and found to have increased levels of radiation are being stored in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and cannot be sent back,” a recent article [http://www.kabar.kg/eng/analytics/full/10481] from AutoWeek posted on Kyrgyzstan’s national newss agency Kabar read. “Car retailers in Kyrgyzstan, who have been importing significant numbers of used cars from Japan for resale in the country, have been finding cars that exhibit...

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