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March 23-29, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Kyrgyzstan
Posted on March 31, 2015

Compiled by Caitlin Murphy

Report Content:

  1. Society
  2. Politics

All articles translated from Russian, unless otherwise indicated*

1. Society, Privately-owned media, Accessed on March 25, 2015
A. Mamataliev: Local authorities perceive growing threat of extremism

  • Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Abdyrakhman Mamataliev noted a rise in extremism at a meeting of law enforcement agencies from the Talas region of Northwest Kyrgyzstan.
  • In the presentation he gave Mamataliev indicated that there was insufficient response by authorities to the growing religious extremism in the region.
  • The issue of combatting rising extremism was coupled with combatting drug trafficking. 
2. Politics, State-owned media, Accessed on March 23, 2015
“Those who want to abolish the official status of the Russian language are criminals.”

  • The quotation was taken from a statement made by the Head of the Department of International Journalism Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University.
  • The head of the National Commission on State Language, Egemberdi Ermatov, told reporters that that state was considering, based on proposals made by a group of researchers, to abolish the constitutional state of the Russian language as one of Kyrgyzstan’s official language.
  • The state is already imposing the rule that government workers must pass a fluency test in Kyrgyzstan.
  • One of the reasons given for demotion of Russian, is that certain groups see Russian as only useful in Bishkek, but no where else in Kyrgyzstan.
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