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March 1-7, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Kyrgyzstan
Posted on March 7, 2015

Compiled by Caitlin Murphy

Report Content:

1. Religion
2. Government
3. Crime

*All articles translated from Russian, unless otherwise indicated*


1. Religion, Privately-Owned Media, 2 March 2015
Fundraising for the state policy in the sphere of religion

  • The Kyrgyz government is searching for funding to implement its newly developed religion policy for the year 2014-2020.
  • Currently, the Kyrgyz Constitution allows for religious freedom - An article from 1 January 2015,, explains the new policy and its foundations:
    • The new policy is a response to rising extremist activity globally and in Kyrgyzstan
    • The head of Islamic administration in the country, the Spiritual Administration for Muslims of Kyrgyzstan (DUMK) has revised its charter to include greater transparency for the state
    • Both the government and DUMK want to stress what they call traditional Islam, and traditional Islamic values.

2. Government, Privately-Owned Media, 2 March 2015
Present increases limits on the laws of self-defense in the country

  • The changes to the limits of self defense have been made with the Law “On Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic”
  • As long are there is no excessive force there is no criminal liability for someone acting in self-defense, including of the act of defense resulted in the death of the attacker.
  • There is also no liability for using weapons or animals as part of your defense

Kabar,kg, Privately-Owned Media, 6 March 2015
Vice PM calls for cooperation with Tajikistan

  • On March 7, the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are scheduled to meet about the delimitation and demarcation of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border
  • They will also talk about deepening long-term community economic and cultural ties, and stressing good neighborliness between the Kyrgyz-Tajik people.
  • The undelimited areas of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border have been sites of ethnic violence since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Privately-Owned Media, 4 March 2015
Procurement system in Kyrgyzstan highly corrupt

  • The system of pubic procurement in Kyrgyzstan is one of the most corrupt in the state
  • In an effort to counter this, the government has decided to introduce a new electronic system
  • The electronic system has been introduced on a trial basis
  • The e-procurement process is meant to be transparent, and excludes government intervention.

3. Crime, State-Owned Media, 6 March 2015
The passports of about 50 people in Osh had illegally-obtained passports

  • A Kyrgyz official in Osh has been arrested, suspected of issuing false passports
  • He has been charged with abuse of power, and the illegal issuance of passport, and enter false information for the illegal acquisition of citizenship.
  • Among the 50 people with illegal passports were Uzbek immigrants.
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