"In elections held on Oct. 30, 2000, President Askar Akayev easily won reelection with nearly 75% of the vote. The election, however, was marred by allegations of fraud, diminishing Kyrgyzstan’s claim to be the centerpiece of central Asian democracy. Once a popular leader, Akayev's standing has diminished as a result of accusations of nepotism and corruption.
In elections held on Oct. 30, 2000, President Askar Akayev easily won reelection with nearly 75% of the vote. The election, however, was marred by allegations of fraud, diminishing Kyrgyzstan’s claim to be the centerpiece of central Asian democracy. Once a popular leader, Akayev's standing has diminished as a result of accusations of nepotism and corruption.
In 2001, Kyrgyzstan permitted troops from the U.S. and seven other nations to be stationed in the country in support of the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in neighboring Afghanistan. In 2002, construction of a large U.S. airbase began outside of Bishkek. In Feb. 2003, a controversial referendum expanded Akayev's powers, and in June Parliament granted him lifelong immunity from prosecution.
February and March 2005 parliamentary elections were judged by international observers and opposition leaders to be flawed, and they set off violent protests in the country. On March 24, as the protests spread to the capital, President Akayev fled the country, and he announced his resignation on April 4. Opposition leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev served as interim president and prime minister until the July 10 election, in which he won the presidency with 88.7% of the vote. Felix Kulov became the prime minister. An opposition leader, he had been imprisoned by former president Akayev until the March 24 coup.
"BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Anti-government unrest rocked the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday as thousands of protesters stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor’s office and looted state TV headquarters.
At least 17 people were killed and least 180 wounded in clashes, the government told the Associated Press, while Reuters reported that an emergency services official said more than 50 people may have been killed.
The eruption of violence upset the relative stability of this mountainous former Soviet nation, which houses a U.S. military base that is a key supply center in the fight against the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan....
Bishkek Uprising: Riots trigger new revolution in Kyrgyzstan?
"Kyrgyzstan's President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has reportedly left the country after thousands of protesters, calling for him to step down, clashed with police. The opposition claims one hundred people have been killed, but the country's Health Ministry, says the number of dead is 40. For more analysis RT talks to Erica Marat, a research fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington DC.
беспорядки "Kyrgyz protests" "Kyrzgyz riots rally" "Central Asia" протесты демонстрация"
" BISHKEK, KYRGYSTAN (ANS) -- A Christian believer in the former soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, where protesters are demanding the removal of President Bakiev and his family members from power, is asking fellow believers in the West to pray for the leaders, people, and the Church in that country.
Demonstrations in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan
CNN reports that at least 35 people have been killed and 400 wounded in fighting between demonstrators and police in Bishkek, the capital of this central Asia nation.
The network explained the fighting erupted amid political unrest between opposition forces and the government triggered by clashes in Talas, where some opposition leaders were arrested.
It also stated that Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev sent a decree to parliament for the imposition of a curfew as demonstrators clashed with police in Bishkek.
Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.
Writing in an e-mail to ANS, the believer, who wised to remain anonymous out of concern for his safety, says: "As I sit in my home in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, I can hear the gunfire from just a few streets away.
"There are reports that up to twelve people have been killed, and at least as many seriously injured. The people are demanding the removal of President Bakiev and his family members from power."
The writer says there has not been this much unrest in Kyrgyzstan since the “Tulip Revolution” in the Spring of 2005.
"It was at that time that a violent revolution brought about the removal of President Akayev," the writer said.
The writer went on to say that discontentment has been growing rapidly as the costs of utilities have more than doubled, and in some cases quadrupled.
"Yesterday I learned of a new 'tax' has been announced on gasoline. Last night, leaders of the opposition were arrested, Temir Sariyev being detained as he arrived by plane from Moscow. Three others, Almazbek Atambayev, Omurbek Tekebayev and Isa Omurkulov, were also arrested.
"Television stations, newspapers, and some internet sites have been closed or blocked due to what U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon labeled as the repression of free speech and the media," the writer said.
The writer also stated that American soldiers at the U.S. Transit Center in Manas, 30 kilometers from Bishkek, have been put on high alert.
"Protests in Talas and Naryn, other major cities in Kyrgyzstan, are also being reported as violent. The Prime Minister announced on television that about 100 people were injured in an uprising in Talas last night," the writer said.
"As the crowds began forming in the center of Bishkek, I witnessed expensive cars speeding away as rocks and bricks descended upon them. Now smoke is ascending from burning military vehicles, which surround the 'White House.' I see wounded people being carried away, and those nearby tell me to let the world know what is happening."
The writer concluded that, "After having just celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this past Sunday, it is quite a reminder for us that true peace will never come to this world until the return of the Prince of Peace. "
"Kyrgyzstan (MNN) ― An apparent violent Revolution has taken place in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Thousands of protesters took to the streets protesting high energy costs and government corruption.
According to reports, President Bakiyev reportedly fled the capital on his plane, while the opposition declared it was forming its own government.
How is it affecting the evangelical church? Joel Griffith with Slavic Gospel Association says, "It seems to be more political than religious in some of the anti-government opposition taking place, but these things have ripple effects that are unforeseen. That's certainly a prayer, that it would not affect evangelical churches."
The situation is fluid. Bakiyev became the president in 2005 in what was called The Tulip Revolution. Since he's taken office, the economy has taken a turn for the worse and corruption has been rampant.
The Bakiyev government was responsible for proposing religion laws restricting religious freedom. "Kyrgyzstan was noticed for having a a relatively light hand on evangelical churches, but we've seen just numerous efforts to crack down."
Griffith says, "Right now we want to be in prayer for the evangelical churches. They're certainly under pressure enough in Kyrgyzstan and these other republics. We need to be praying that Lord would protect them and sustain them in the midst of this and give them opportunities for the Gospel in the midst of the unrest."
Support SGA's work in the region. Go to our Web site. "
"Home to stunning mountain scenery including toothy-edged, snow-covered peaks, and lush rivers valleys, some adventure travelers feel that Kyrgyzstan is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. .."
"Kyrgyzstan (formerly Kirghizia) is a rugged country with the Tien Shan mountain range covering approximately 95% of the whole territory. The mountaintops are perennially covered with snow and glaciers. Kyrgyzstan borders Kazakhstan on the north and northwest, Uzbekistan in the southwest, Tajikistan in the south, and China in the southeast. The republic has the same area as the state of Nebraska.
"..The ethnonym "Kyrgyz", after which the country is named, is thought to originally mean either "forty girls" or "forty tribes", presumably referring to the epic hero Manas who, as legend has it, unified forty tribes against the Khitans. The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan symbolizes the forty tribes of Manas.
When we got to the border the police said we couldn't cross and were told to go back. They made a big X with their arms like road closed. We pointed to the city lights ahead and motioned like we wanted to sleep and said "hotel". By sign language they seemed to say go sleep but come back tomorrow. My Lord is saying, "Go on"!
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Lake Toktogul: Carried the 12-foot cross in these high mountain valleys. The walk is fabulous. Snow-capped mountains and a lush green valley surround us. The people are of the Mongolian and Chinese type. People live in tents or small hut and were afraid of us except when we approached them very slowly. When we spent the night parked near some houses the people came bringing us food. When we ate it they would return with more. I almost burst from drinking so much yogurt and sour milk. There are cowboys in beautiful dress. Often the cattle or sheep herds totally block the highway. I stopped walking today and we drove high over an 11,765-foot mountain pass. It was a difficult road with huge rock and rock slides. The snow along the roadside was very deep. We had our first flat, tore a big hole in the tire climbing rocks in the road.
Thank you Jesus, we made it to the border with Kazakhstan.
During much of 1992 my wife, Denise and I carried the cross through Russia and all of the former USSR. The USSR was just breaking up after the fall of communism. We only had a tourist visa for two weeks in Russia and no permit for the Land Rover and no visa for any of the other countries! Jesus got us through all the borders and checkpoints with no visa or permit. We made it through over 250-armed roadblocks. God led us to places to fill up with gas, as only a few gas stations were open the entire trip. We went from extreme cold and snow to the desert heat all in one historic and glorious trip. The impossible had happened. The cross was carried in all the USSR. All glory to God. Many were saved as the cross was carried in all of these nations.
Denise drove the 4x4 Land Rover. She would drive up the road a few miles and wait for me to arrive carrying the 12-foot cross. I would have something to drink and eat and then walk on. In most of these nations we would drive part of the way and then carry the cross a few days or a week or so. We had Bibles and gospel material in Russian and local languages. The Land Rover was also towing a small trailer with food and the gospel materials. We carried many cans of gas on the Land Rover and inside was a stove. We slept in a pop-up tent on top the Land Rover. When we left England we drove and went by ship to Finland. We crossed over to Estonia and made a complete loop around the USSR and then drove back via Poland and back to England. We drove almost 11,000 miles and I walked many hundreds of miles in the USSR.
In order we carried the cross in the following countries:
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Trans-Dnestr, Moldova, Crimea, Abkhazia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Siberia and Russia.
Jesus did it. All glory to God.
A Pilgrim follower of Jesus,
Luke 18:1 "
Rebecca St. James - Concert In Kyrgyzstan
" More than six months after a violent mob broke into a Baptist church in southern Kyrgyzstan, and four months after a second violent attack, no one has been prosecuted for either attack, local Baptists have complained to Forum 18 News Service.
Kyrgyzstan is in Central Asia, west of China.
Local Baptists told Forum 18 News Service they are upset about the way they are being treated. Forum 18 reported that the state Religious Affairs Committee has refused the church registration, and asked the police to stop what it called the church’s "illegal" activity.
Officials refuse to defend the church’s rights, Forum 18 reported, stating that the local population hates the Baptists. Aleksandr Nikitin, pastor of the Baptist church in Osh and Baptist coordinator in southern Kyrgyzstan, told Forum 18 that the situation for Baptists in the village remains "depressing."
Kyrgyzstan & Islam
"Looking at the country of Kyrgyzstan & how Islam has now come to dominate that which previously had a strong Christian influence. It is a mountainous country, even at places more beautiful than Switzerland, but more wild and rugged...probably the best kept secret for travelers and tourism"
"Kyrgyzstan (MNN) ― Kyrgyzstan's refugee crisis continues to balloon, with over 100,000 Uzbeks fleeing a deadly purge over the borders.
Five days of violence are evident in the smoking ruins of the south.
Joel Griffith with Slavic Gospel Association explains, "The ethnic Uzbeks were supportive of one side or another in this coup that took place which overthrew the previous president. I think some of that has caused some of the ethnic tensions to come to bear."
In southern Kyrgyzstan, the majority of people are ethnic Uzbeks and Muslim, and many have remained loyal to Kurmankbek Bakiyev, the former president, ousted in April. The provisional government in Bishkek fears he provoked the ethnic tensions in order to put himself back in power.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is meeting with central Asian officials to try to end the bloodshed. Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan's interim government extended a state of emergency throughout the Jalalabad region.
According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada, ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks are typically assumed to be Muslim, whereas ethnic Russians are considered Christian. This can cause added problems for Muslims who desire to convert to Christianity.
With the movement of thousands of people and unrest, what kind of impact will there be on SGA's ministry? Griffith says so far, so good. "The impact on evangelical churches in Kyrgyzstan has been minimal. We are trying to establish some contact with our resources over there to find out exactly what the situation is for them on the ground. We've heard nothing thus far that causes us immediate concern."
SGA is still assessing their best response. The humanitarian crisis is looming, but Griffith says, "We certainly are calling for intercessory prayer for believers in that region, that the Lord would not only protect and sustain them during this unrest, but also that there would be opportunities for the Gospel."
There will be plenty of opportunity to help SGA with funds. For now, click here for prayer requests. "
"Kyrgyzstan (MNN) ― As a result of ethnic violence that broke out between Uzbek and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan, thousands of people are on the run. As many as 100,000 refugees have fled to Uzbekistan to escape.
Food for the Hungry's Emergency Relief Unit is currently determining the best way to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled to Uzbekistan. Relief will likely include food, hygiene kits and temporary shelter. When they do decide on a course of action, Food for the Hungry will work through its ministry partners and friends to help those who have been displaced.
Pray for Food for the Hungry's decision, especially as their presence will also provide the hope of Christ to many. Pray also for the countless refugees who have been forced at a moment's notice from the homes they knew to a different land. Pray that believers who are fleeing would be a comfort to many and would use this opportunity to point refugees to refuge in Christ.
If you would like to help Food for the Hungry in their efforts to come to the aid of these refugees, visit www.fh.org.
To learn more about the recent swell of violence in Kyrgyzstan, click here. "
"Kyrgyzstan is tucked into Central Asia’s geographical vortex amid a massive knot of colliding mountain ranges. Monster mountains and their associated scraggy valleys, glaciers, gorges and ice-blue lakes dominate over 90% of the country. Keen on trekking or horse riding? Just pick a range – there’s plenty to choose from – such as the Pamir Alay range in the Alay Valley or the Central Tian Shan. In true nomadic style, spend the nights camped under a star-crowded sky or bed down in a yurt. Be warned though, the Kyrgyz are renowned for their hospitably and guests are often treated to fermented mare’s milk and bowls of fresh yogurt."
Beautiful Kyrgystan scenery