Breaking news Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:10:35 +0600 60 No talks on deploying Kyrgyz troops to Syria Bishkek, June 23 / Kabar /. Official negotiations on deploying troops of Kyrgyzstan to Syria are not conducted, Secretary of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic Temir Zhumakadyrov told.

He stressed that the information that negotiations are under way to send military Kyrgyzstan to Syria is incorrect. According to him, this issue was discussed at the CSTO level, however, it was a question of sending only the peacekeeping contingent to the de-escalation zone in Syria.

"This issue was raised only at the level of the permanent council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and has not yet been continued. At this stage, we haven’t received any official offers, accordingly, any negotiations are being conducted.," Zhumakadyrov explained.

Recall that the Russian media published information that Russia proposed deploying troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to monitor the de-escalation zones in Syria. In particular, the media referred to the head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov and spokesman for Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin. The Turkish official said that this issue was discussed during negotiations with the Russian President's special representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:40:09 +0600
Video news 23 06 17 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:08:46 +0600 Deploying of Kyrgyz troops in Syria was not discussed during Kyrgyz President’s state visit to Russia - MFA Kazan, June 23 / Kabar /. The deploying of Kyrgyz troops in Syria was not discussed during the state visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to Russia, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev told journalists in Kazan.

Recall that the Russian media published information that Russia proposed deploying troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to monitor the de-escalation zones in Syria. In particular, the media referred to head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov and spokesman for Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin. The Turkish official said that this issue was discussed during negotiations with the Russian President's special representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev.

The Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic said that in general, the issues related to regional security are being discussed at different levels of international and regional associations.

"In particular, this issue was discussed within the framework of the CSTO at the initiative of the Russian side. There were consultations, but this issue did not receive any development," Abdyldaev said.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:43:22 +0600
Song-Kol lake in Kyrgyzstan Song-Kol is an alpine lake in northern Naryn oblast of Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m, and has an area of about 270 km2 and volume of 2.64 km3. The lake's maximum length is 29 km, breadth about 18 km, and the deepest point is 13.2 m. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. There are no facilities on the lake, but local herders will provide supplies and rent yurts. The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:49:48 +0600
Earthquake jolts Jalal-Abad oblast Bishkek, June 23 / Kabar /. An earthquake was registered 27 kilometers south-east of the city of Jalal-Abad, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

Today at 07:55 local time seismic station of the Institute of Seismology of Kyrgyzstan registered 3.5 magnitude earthquake in the epicenter.

The earthquake was located in the territory of Kyrgyzstan, 3 km west of the village of Kalta, 27 km south-east of Jalal-Abad, 55 km north-east of Osh city.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:33:54 +0600
Russia proposes deploying Kazakhs and Kyrgyz to Syria Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reportedly said Thursday that Russia had proposed deploying troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to monitor the de-escalation zones in Syria agreed to last month.

RIA Novosti confirmed the report, with the head of the State Duma defense committee, Vladimir Shamanov, saying Russia was in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

In early May, representatives from Iran, Russia, and Turkey agreed to set up four so-called de-escalation zoneswithin which there would be a halting of hostilities between rebel groups and Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The agreement was reached during a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan but neither the Syrian government nor rebel groups signed on.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in early May, as the agreement was supposedly going into effect, “We do not accept a role for the United Nations or international forces to monitor the agreement.”

The proposal to deploy Central Asian forces makes a (small) degree of sense (if we ignore the questions of capability and experience entirely). Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are both members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a potential vehicle for such a deployment. While the Syrian government, via the foreign minister, rejected the idea of international forces, it may change its tune for Russia’s pet military alliance. As one Syrian opposition leader, Ilyan Masaad, told RBC, the deployment would not happen without Damascus’ consent. He indicated three criteria for picking the source of the monitors: a Muslim country, not involved in the conflict and amenable to Moscow and Damascus’ position. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan fit that bill.

But neither Astana nor Bishkek has any real experience in the field of monitoring a ceasefire in the midst of a horrendous civil war.

Both countries have participated in UN peacekeeping operations, but in a miniscule capacity. As of May, for example, Kazakhstan has an active contribution of five military experts to UN missions; Kyrgyzstan has 14 police, three military experts, and two troops contributed. Not exactly a deep well of experience on the international stage.

The CSTO — founded in 1992 and comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan — has never gotten seriously involved in a regional or global security crisis (for example, the Tajik Civil war, the war in Afghanistan, the 2010 ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan.)

Even if Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were to deploy independently, rather than under the auspices of a military bloc, it would be a difficult sell on the homefront. Illustrative here is Kazakhstan’s 2011 flirtation with deploying troops to Afghanistan to join the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The proposal — to send four officers on six month rotations to ISAF headquarters in Kabul — died in the Kazakh Senate, however, with Kazakh veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan among the loudest protesters against the plan.

We’ll see what shakes out from the discussions between Moscow, Astana, Bishkek and Damascus. Regional analysts will be keeping an eye on Russian inducements — debt write-offs, aid packages, business deals — and how the proposal sounds as it filters through the Kazakh and Kyrgyz publics.

Another Syria summit is expected to take place in Astana in July.

The diplomat

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:04:41 +0600
Saudi Development Fund grants Kyrgyzstan $ 30 mln Bishkek, June 22 / Kabar /. The Saudi Development Fund will grant Kyrgyzstan $ 30 million for construction of schools, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reported.

Deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh considered the bill "On ratification of the Credit Agreement between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Saudi Development Fund for the construction of public schools signed on May 17, 2017 in the city of Jeddah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The aim of the project is to develop the educational sector and ensure the country's needs for educational services, as well as to meet the growing number of students by building and equipping several schools in different regions of the country. It is planned to build 16 schools in different regions of the country, with a capacity of 150 to 550 pupils.

It should be noted that the Saudi Development Fund provides 112.5 million Saudi riyals (approximately $ 30 million) to finance the project with the following terms: interest on the loan - 1% per year; loan maturity is 25 years, including a 5-year grace period. The loan will be repaid once in a half year, on May 15 and November 15 each year, starting from 2022 to 2042, and will not make a big burden on the state budget.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:46:38 +0600
Bashkortostan to implement a number of projects in Kyrgyzstan Ufa, June 22 / Kabar /. Bashkortostan has a number of projects in the field of construction of logistics centers and a number of industries that would like to implement in Kyrgyzstan, leader of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov said during a press conference following the meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who is visiting Russia.

He said that economic issues between Kyrgyzstan and Bashkortostan are of secondary importance. "In the first place - spiritual and cultural development. We are really close people - Bashkirs and Kyrgyz," he said.

Khamitov added that the issue of economics should be considered in terms of growth in imports and the provision of tourist services.

By the end of 2016 the trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Bashkortostan amounted to $ 30.7 million. Export amounted to $ 29 million, imports - $ 1.7 million.

Kyrgyzstan occupies 31st place in the foreign trade turnover of Bashkortostan with a share of 0.5%, among the CIS countries - the 5th place with a specific gravity 3.1%.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:21:20 +0600
Atambayev visited the Moscow Cathedral Mosque Bishkek, June 22 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev visited the Moscow Cathedral Mosque and met with chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin, the press service of the President reported.

During the visit, President Atambayev accompanied by Ravil Gainutdin and representatives of the Muslim clergy of Russia, looked round the prayer halls, the conference hall of the mosque, as well as the exhibits of the Islamic Museum located inside the cathedral mosque.

Then Atambayev held a meeting with Ravil Gainutdin.

Greeting the Kyrgyz President, he stressed that the visit of Almazbek Atambayev is a great honor and support. "Your state visit to Russia is very important, and your visit to our mosque is considered brotherly. This is your support of the Muslims of Russia in our activities, "Gainutdin said.

During the meeting, topical issues of interaction between the Muslim clergy of the two countries in counteracting contemporary challenges and threats, primarily radicalism and extremism were discussed.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:26:49 +0600
Chairman of the State Registration Service of Kyrgyzstan appointed Bishkek, June 22 / Kabar /. Dogoev Dastan is appointed the chairman of the State Registration Service at the Government of Kyrgyzstan. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov, the Government’s press service reported.

Previously, Dogoev served as deputy chairman of State Registration Service.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:16:27 +0600
World Yoga Day marked in Bishkek Bishkek, June 22 / Kabar /. The World Yoga Day is celebrated in Bishkek’s oak park on June 21.

The event was organized by the National Federation of Yoga of Kyrgyzstan.

According to Irina Popova, Executive Director of the National Federation of Yoga of the Kyrgyz Republic, their organization has been existed for 9 years and since 2014, they hold a yoga day every year.

"In our troubled times, yoga is like an island of salvation, because people come and have a rest," Popova said.

She recalled that the main holiday with the support of the Indian Embassy will be held on July 1 in Bishkek.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:42 +0600
Driving license of EEU countries will be valid in Russia Moscow, June 22 / Kabar /. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed that the driver's licenses of the Eurasian Economic Unions states-members to be recognized on the territory of Russia, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev said during the meeting with compatriots in Moscow within the framework of his state visit to Russia.

He said that during a meeting with chairman of the Russian government, he asked about the driving license of Kyrgyzstanis.

It should be noted that since June 1, the driving licenses rights of Kyrgyzstanis are considered invalid in Russia.

"Today I asked Dmitry Anatolyevich this question. He instructed that the driving licenses of the EEU countries were valid in the territory of Russia," Atambayev said.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:09 +0600
Kyrgyz President met in Moscow with compatriots Moscow, June 22 / Kabar /. Within the framework of the state visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to Russia, a meeting with compatriots took place in Moscow.

In general, 250 people came to the meeting with the president. Basically, questions were asked about the difficulties of transporting freight 200 (human remains), delaying the construction of the Trade House in Moscow, a high penalty for late registration, the ability to have two passports and many others.

The head of state, in turn, promised to solve all the problems.

During the five-day state visit Almazbek Atambayev also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He will also visit Bashkortostan and Tatarstan.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:56:16 +0600
By 2020, ethnic Kyrgyz can have two citizenships Moscow, June 22 / Kabar /. By 2020, ethnic Kyrgyz will be allowed to have two citizenships.

During the meeting with compatriots in Moscow within the framework of the state visit to Russia, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev said that there is really such a problem.

Kyrgyz citizens complained that in Russia the penalty for delay in the renewal of registration is from 2 to 5 thousand roubles, in Kyrgyzstan it is 10 thousand soms.

"We were afraid to give dual citizenship before. This problem should be considered and the Constitution revised. By 2020, we will be able to change and make sure that Kyrgyz working and living abroad can have the passport of Kyrgyzstan. This will concern only ethnic Kyrgyz," the President said.

In addition, the President said that after retiring, he intends to be engaged in the problems of migrants and will visit several regions of Siberia in early autumn.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:32:10 +0600
Ryan Koupal's 40 tribes backcountry offers Asia's most exotic yurt trips Wake up, drink coffee, eat breakfast, climb outside to ski—it’s a classic yurt-trip experience. But instead of emerging into Colorado’s snow-covered aspens or British Columbia’s blanketed conifers, you awake in a high-mountain pasture where 12,000-foot peaks surround the yurt’s traditional woolen-felt cover. It is the farthest out, most exotic yurt-based ski setting imaginable—and that is exactly what Ryan Koupal set out to create in Kyrgyzstan seven years ago.

Koupal—who lives outside of Boulder, Colorado—first visited Central Asia in 1999, staying along the Karakoram Highway near the China-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. The wild, untouched region immediately intrigued him, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he began guiding high school and college students in that part of the world for the cultural education program Where There Be Dragons. As he led trips in China and Laos and later organized tours as a program director, Koupal became hooked on Central Asia.

By the time he visited Kyrgyzstan in 2008, he had decided to build his own operation. So he mixed his previous work at Where There Be Dragons with his long-time passion of splitboarding and founded 40 Tribes in 2010.

That name comes from a Kyrgyz epic poem that recounts the story of Manas, a national hero who united the area’s original 40 tribes to defend the land against invading Chinese. Eventually, those tribes became the Kyrgyz people who now offer great influence on 40 Tribes guests. “From the beginning it has been a goal of ours to highlight Kyrgyz culture and the hospitality that is associated with it,” Koupal says. “One thing I’ve learned about the Kyrgyz people—in particular, the guys that we’re working with—is that they will never give up. If something needs to get done, they will figure out a way to do it.”

That mindset helped Koupal through his first year in business, as he dealt with issues like political protests and hauling a yurt into the Kyrgyz Mountains using Soviet-era trucks, horses, sledges and manpower.

It’s not just the mountain yurts that are remote, the whole experience is. Clients fly Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, and drive six and a half hours to the village of Ichke-Jergez, located in northeastern Kyrgyzstan. There, they stay with a village family before skinning four miles to the yurts. “We have a lot of clients who say that they have never felt so off the map,” Koupal says. “You have Kazakhstan to your north and huge, 20,000-plus-foot peaks to your east. You feel like you’re at the edge of the Earth.”

Being the world’s farthest country from an ocean, Kyrgyzstan has an extreme continental snowpack. Luckily for Koupal, the 40 Tribes base camp sits above Lake Issyk Kul, the world’s second largest alpine lake, which offers plentiful lake-effect snowfall. “It’s very interesting to ski, that’s part of the lure of skiing there,” explains Ptor Spricenieks, a lead ski guide with 40 Tribes. “I’ve skied everywhere, but this is the closest you can get to skiing on liquid, because it’s so bottomless.”

Koupal employs two families during the season, including their primary local partner, Kasidin Munaev, who currently works at the yurt camp. Koupal plans to someday promote Munaev to tail guide. “He’s a super strong skier and…comes out touring with us every day,” Koupal says. “We are hoping he will be able to fill tail guide [and] through further education, a lead guide role. He has the potential to become Kyrgyzstan’s best backcountry ski guide.”

Koupal is also looking to help the village on a larger level. “We’re potentially working with a U.S. development agency… to get a snow culture center established,” Koupal says. “It would provide avalanche and mountain weather-related forecasting in our zone to benefit the different operations that are over there.”

In addition to weather forecasting, Koupal is busy growing 40 Tribes beyond Kyrgyzstan. He began taking clients to Svalbard, Norway two years ago and, last winter, to Georgia on the Europe-Asia border. This upcoming season, he’ll expand into Kamchatka in far-eastern Russia.

But even as Koupal develops 40 Tribes in new areas, Kyrgyzstan has left its mark since his first trip to the region. And between the bottomless powder and wild, untrammeled peaks, he plans to continue returning to the Kyrgyz highlands.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:59:24 +0600
Uzbekistan-Tajikistan trade turnover surges The trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan has increased greatly in the past two years.

This was announced at an intergovernmental meeting in Dushanbe June 21, headed by Tajik First Deputy Prime Minister Davlatali Said and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rosikulov, Asia-Plus News Agency reports.

In 2016, the trade turnover between the two countries hit $69 million, which is almost 6 times more than in 2015. In January-May 2017, the trade between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan exceeded $70 million.

The intergovernmental meeting was attended by businessmen of the two countries, who urged the two governments to cancel or simplify visa regime introduced in 2000. They noted that this will favor development of bilateral trade and economic relations.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:29:21 +0600
Days of Culture of Kyrgyzstan in Russia opened in Moscow Moscow, June 21 / Kabar /. Days of Culture of Kyrgyzstan in Russia are opened in Moscow. The official opening ceremony was timed to the state visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to the Russian capital.

The gala concert was held in the Grand Kremlin Palace, which gathered thousands of Kyrgyzstanis across Russia.

Coordinator of the concert program Darika Asylbasheva told journalists that they made a unique program that will be interesting to all viewers without exception.

"All the masters of Kyrgyz art take part. The concert program covers several genres, including folklore, opera and variety genre. In total, more than 200 people came from Kyrgyzstan," she said.

Asylbasheva added that Days of Culture include not only a concert, but an exhibition, and a show of Kyrgyz cinema.

During the opening ceremony, the opening speech was delivered by Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic Tugelbai Kazakov. He greeted everyone at a concert dedicated to the Days of Culture of Kyrgyzstan in Russia.

"Exactly 25 years ago, Kyrgyzstan and Russia established diplomatic relations. However, the common historical and cultural relations last for centuries. Today's event, first of all, is aimed at strengthening the cultural dialogue between our countries, preserving mutual enrichment, linking and developing unique cultures of the peoples of Kyrgyzstan and Russia," he said.

In turn, also at the opening, the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoi said that Kyrgyzstan is homeland.

"I was born in the city of Kant. My homeland is very important for me as Russia is, it has become for me a spiritual homeland. This country unites a lot and gives much to my fellow countrymen who are sitting here today, "he said.

Days of Culture of Kyrgyzstan will last 15 days.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:00:05 +0600
French Ambassador is positive about Taza koom project Bishkek, June 21 / Kabar /. Head of the President’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic Sapar Isakov met with Ambassador of France to Kyrgyzstan Michael Roux, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

Sapar Isakov emphasized that the development of friendly partnership with the French Republic is one of the priority directions of Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy. He stressed that the two countries had a warm relationship.

The head of the President’s Office also stressed the importance of further strengthening of cooperation between the countries, expanding and deepening mutual spheres of trade and economic cooperation, adding that the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the GSP + will give impetus to the development of such cooperation with all countries of the European Union.

Michael Roux said that active work is continuing to develop trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

He also expressed his positive expectations from Taza koom program. He said that this kind of digital road project in France was introduced in 2015. Then the current French President Emmanuel Macron headed the Ministry of Economy and was a member of the group that proposed the project, he said.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:41:59 +0600
Atambayev and Medvedev discuss prospects for further development of cooperation Moscow, June 21 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev today met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as part of his state visit to Russia, the press service of the Kyrgyz President reported.

The head of the Russian government warmly welcomed Almazbek Atambayev.

"You already had talks with the Russian President. I know that they were multifaceted, characterizing the multifaceted cooperation between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Cooperation is developing, despite the economic difficulties that each country has. Nevertheless, the ties between the countries are strengthening, the economy is improving in both states," Medvedev said.

The head of the Russian government stressed projects that are now being implemented jointly both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union.

"I express the hope that your visit will serve to strengthen bilateral cooperation and friendly relations between our peoples," the head of the Russian government said.

In turn, Atambayev noted that he was very glad to meet and discuss the current issues of cooperation and outline plans for the future.

During the meeting, topical issues of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation and prospects for further cooperation were discussed.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:20:37 +0600
New logistics center set up in Aravan for farmers Osh, June 21 / Kabar /. New logistics center for sorting, cleaning, packing and storing fruits and vegetables is opened in Aravan region of Osh oblast with the financial support of USAID through the project "Agrogorizont" by private entrepreneur Avaz Abdurakhimov, the Osh oblasts administration reported.

Currently 20 people work in this logistics center. The capacity of the center is 6 thousand cubic meters. The logistics center is able to sort, clean and pack from 10 thousand tons to 30 thousand tons of products per day. In the future, it is planned to increase the number of workers to 50 people.

"This logistics center is the largest in the southern region of Kyrgyzstan and from 2018 plans to purchase vegetables and fruits from farmers in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken oblasts with subsequent export to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union," the report said.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:40:35 +0600
Stephen Hawking Says Earth Is Under Threat and Humans Need to Leave Stephen Hawking has warned that Earth is under threat and repeated his belief that humans must leave in the next few centuries if we are to survive as a species.

“The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive. The threats are too big and too numerous,” he said, according to the Evening Express. “Our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate. We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change. Rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation and decimation of animal species. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot.”

Hawking made the comments as part of his keynote address at the Starmus Festival in Norway. The event celebrates science and music, and aims to help the public get a better understanding of complex science.

The professor has made similar dire warnings about the fate of mankind in the past, but in his latest comments, he addressed several specific issues he feels are the biggest threats and talked about how we might become a multiplanetary species.

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Stephen Hawking sits onstage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York City, on April 12, 2016. Hawking, the English physicist, warns humanity needs to become a multiplanetary species to ensure its survival.
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Hawking said that in the past, when humans have faced “similar crises” in terms of resources, they moved to new parts of the world: “Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the New World,” he said. “But now there is no new world. No Utopia around the corner.

“We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth,” he said.

The Milky Way is home to an estimated 100 billion planets. Of these, millions, if not billions, are “potentially habitable,” meaning they could have the right conditions to host life, including a stable climate that allows liquid water to exist.

Hawking noted there are an estimated 1,000 stars within 30 light years of Earth, so if just 1 percent of these were Earth-like, we would have 10 candidate planets to move to. Hawking also said he believes humans will have developed the technology for interstellar travel within the next 200 to 500 years.

“Human colonization on other planets is no longer science fiction. It can be science fact,” he said. “The human race has existed as a separate species for about two million years. Civilization began about 10,000 ago, and the rate of development has been steadily increasing. If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.”


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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:15:40 +0600
Launching telemedicine project discussed in Bishkek Bishkek, June 21 / Kabar /. Head of the Kyrgyz President's Office Sapar Isakov met with UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo, the President’s press service reported

During the conversation, the sides discussed the implementation of projects related to the social sphere.

Yukie Mokuo said that the high-level forum on Taza Koom program, in which President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres took part, was very successful. She also spoke about UNICEF projects, which are interfaced with the Taza Koom program.

During the meeting, the sides expressed readiness for cooperation in the spheres of education and healthcare, in particular, in launching the project in the field of telemedicine.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:55:03 +0600
The woman behind the whips in Kyrgyzstan’s horseback fighting sport KYRGYZSTAN’S NATIONAL SPORT, Kok Boru, is a male-dominated affair. Even the equipment, used by players on horseback to fight over possession of a goat carcass, is made by men. But one woman refuses to accept these traditional gender roles. Not only is Gülnara Asiz Kyzy the only female horsewhip maker in the capital Bishkek – maybe even in the whole country – but she is also considered one of the best.

Gülnara Asiz Kyzy says her defiance stems from her own experience of Kyrgyzstan’s deeply patriarchal society. The 51-year-old has escaped two abusive marriages and has vowed to live the rest of her life without men. She hopes to inspire others to do the same in a country where nearly a third of women aged 15-49 are victims of domestic violence, and few manage to escape.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:48:00 +0600
Astana International Airport to bear the name of President Nazarbayev The Astana International Airport has been renamed into the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, Kazinform reported citing to Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper.

The decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on renaming the airport was published in Kazakhstanskaya Pravda and Yegemen Kazakhstan newspapers on June 20, 2017.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:26:54 +0600
Atambayev’s state visit to Moscow Bishkek, June 21 / Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev met on Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin within the framework of his state visit to Russia.

At the beginning of the meeting, there were ceremonies of handshaking and photographing, acquaintance with the delegations of the two countries.

Further Atambayev and Putin held talks.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:19:24 +0600
40 tribes: Backcountry riding in Kyrgyzstan When Ryan Koupal first visited the China/Kyrgyzstan border in 1999, he was deeply intrigued by the rugged, remote Tien Shan Mountains. So, after graduating in 2003 with a degree in Mandarin Chinese from Middlebury College, he returned to the Tien Shan while leading programs for Where There Be Dragons, a study-abroad program for high school and college students.

A longtime snowboarder, Koupal merged his two passions in 2010 when he founded40 Tribes Backcountry Adventures, a guiding operation based in Kyrgyzstan. For the last five seasons, he’s spend nearly two months in Central Asia, organizing backcountry trips for international clients alongside Kyrgyz locals, Canadian splitboard guide Greg Johnson and ski mountaineering legend Ptor Spricenieks.

We caught up with Koupal in Colorado’s Berthoud Pass backcountry last March, after he returned to his Boulder home from two months in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains.

Backcountry: How’d you end up in Kyrgyzstan?

Ryan Koupal: I spent some time on the Kyrgyz/Chinese boarder a long time ago—I stayed in a Kygryz yurt settlement in far Western China back when I was a student in a Where There Be Dragons summer program. I was totally blown away by how wild Western China was. We were on the western side of the Tien Shan Mountains, and I wanted to get in there and see what really was going on.

BCM: What’s the significance of the name, 40 Tribes?

RK: There are a couple stories regarding the origins of the Kyrgyz people. In Kyrgyzstan they have an oral epic called Manas, and Manas is their national hero. The story is that he united the 40 tribes of the area to defend their homeland against invading Chinese.

BCM: What are the mountains and the snow like where you’re operating?

RK: It’s a lot like Colorado in the sense that it’s a continental climate, and geographically it’s very similar to Colorado. You have super dry areas and then areas that are just caked with snow. Average elevation is, I believe, somewhere around 3,000 meters. What we get in our zone is lake-effect snow because we’re right at the edge of Issyk Kul Lake, which is the second largest alpine lake in the world.

BCM: Tell me about your involvement with the local people.

RK: We’ve established a partnership with a village that sits right at the base of the mountain we operate in called Ichke-Jergez. We chose this spot because of the location of the village and the direct, pretty-easy access it offers to the mountains. The villagers use the mountains year round for gathering firewood and hunting, so we run into them a lot in the mountains. They stop in to the yurts for tea and stuff like that. In the yurts we do a full-on, traditional Kyrgyz menu. It’s pretty meat heavy—lots of mutton and potatoes.

We have two local guys who live with us season-long at the yurts to help run the show. We do the guiding, and those guys help do everything around the yurts. One of the guys is from the village, and we use his home as our home-stay. Clients come in and, night one, we do a home stay with them.

BCM: Where are most of your clients coming from? Are they looking just for good snow or a wild, totally different experience?

RK: Both. People are just starting to hear about this place and, especially from Europe, it’s becoming a popular travel destination. Kyrgyzstan has done a lot to boost their tourism industry, and that’s critical right now to their economy. They’ve opened up their visa policies and most nationalities can come and stay now, visa-free, for 60 days. As far as our clientele goes, it’s mostly European. We’ve had a lot of Kiwis, a few Aussies, very few from North America.

BCM: Tell me about the hardboot snowboard setup you’re on.

RK: It’s a super-unique setup but starting to catch on. The idea is that, in a hardboot setup, you’re much more set up for what splitboarding can entail: a lot of touring, actually skiing on your splitboard skis, kicking steps, wearing crampons, doing the whole ski mountaineering thing. I got on a hardboot setup back in 2006, really early on when there wasn’t much hardboot gear available. Then I linked up with some guys here in Colorado at Phantom Splitboard Bindings who are really working to advance hardboot splitboard technology.

BCM: When you’re not in Krygyztan for those two months, what else are you doing?

RK: It keeps me busy year round. I’m handing all aspects of the company, doing all the administrative stuff, doing all the marketing, basically everything outside the on-the-ground stuff that’s handled by our local partners. We just went over this past fall to scout the rivers and we may, starting as early as this fall, start working on the fly fishing side of things. It wouldn’t be yurt based but more like a rugged, overland journey.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:41:16 +0600
Kyrgyzstan, Russia sign 11 documents Moscow, June 20 / Kabar /. Within the framework of the state visit of President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev to the Russian Federation, a ceremony of signing bilateral documents took place.

The press service of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic said that the following documents were signed:

- Declaration on strengthening the alliance and strategic partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation;

- Agreement between Kyrgyzstan and Russia on the development of military-technical cooperation;

- Agreement between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Government of the Russian Federation on the legal status of representative offices of competent authorities in the field of migration;

- Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Government of the Russian Federation on writing off of Kyrgyzstan's debt to Russia on previously granted loans dated September 20, 2012;

- Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Russian Federation) on cooperation to ensure epidemiological well-being of the plague;

- Memorandum on cooperation between the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation;

- Agreement on cooperation between the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic and the National Research Technological University (Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education);

- Memorandum on cooperation between the State Agency of Antimonopoly Regulation under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Training and Methodological Center of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation in the field of providing advanced training and professional retraining of specialists;

- Agreement between the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation and the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization International Training and Methodological Center for Financial Monitoring on cooperation in the field of personnel training on countering the legalization (laundering) of criminal proceeds and financing of terrorist or extremist activities;

- Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the State Cartographic and Geodetic Service of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Russian Federation);

- Memorandum between the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:31:51 +0600
Atambayev: I cannot imagine the future of Kyrgyzstan without Russia Moscow, June 20 / Kabar /. “Russia has granted Kyrgyzstan significant financial aid, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev said today during a press conference on the results of talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Atambayev said that a protocol was signed on Russia writing off all of Kyrgyzstan’s debts. “And when we discussed the agenda today, we saw that we have practically no differences – just plans and prospects for the future. Since joining the Eurasian Economic Union, we have seen a sharp increase in trade – by 23 percent, as you observed, and the growth of money remittances from our migrant workers. Most importantly, we see that the lives of the Kyrgyz citizens who work here have become much easier. It is good that we are seeing quick results, because we remember the massive attack in our country and some other countries aimed at preventing Kyrgyzstan from joining the Eurasian Economic Union. We see that joining has lived up to our expectations. Of course, much work remains to be done, but we can feel the support of fraternal Russia in this area as well,” he said.

The Kyrgyz leader said that he is pleased that managed to maintain close cultural ties. “Of course, we need to further strengthen them. Today, the Days of the Kyrgyzstani Culture kick off in Russia with a big concert at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses. This is an excellent opportunity to reinvigorate this activity,” he said.

Atambayev also he is also pleased to have the opportunity to visit Bashkortostan and Tatarstan.

“As you may be aware, my wife was born in Russia, and she is probably even more pleased at the prospect. There are members in our delegation with Russian roots as well. We have managed to maintain a diversity of voices and languages in Kyrgyzstan. I am very pleased, in fact for me it is high praise, Mr President, that a foundation has been laid, as you mentioned, not only for medium-term cooperation. I believe it will last forever,” he said.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:29:15 +0600
Putin stresses the importance of Russian base in Kyrgyzstan for the region Moscow, June 20 / Kabar /. “The presence of a Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan is an important factor of stability and security in Central Asia,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said duringa meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev.

President of Kyrgyzstan is visiting Moscow for a state visit and has already met with the leadership of Russia. On Monday evening the two leaders held a joint dinner, where they discussed the agenda of bilateral high-level talks.

The state visit of the President of Kyrgyzstan will last until June 24.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:05:23 +0600
Russia continues to help the economy of Kyrgyzstan- Putin Moscow, June 20 / Kabar /. Russia continues to help the economy of Kyrgyzstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the press conference within the framework of the state visit of the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to Russia.

He said that the meetings of the two leaders are regular.

“Atambayev comes to Russia often, but this time is different: he is making a state visit. It is symbolic that this visit is being held in the year when we mark the 25th anniversary of Russian-Kyrgyzstani diplomatic relations and the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. In the past 25 years, relations between our countries developed in all areas based on mutual respect and consideration for each other’s interests and have reached the level of strategic partnership,” he said

Putin said that talks with the President of Kyrgyzstan were held in a friendly and constructive spirit.

“We discussed the key issues on the bilateral agenda and also current regional and international matters. The talks we have held with government members and business leaders focused on Russian-Kyrgyzstani relations, primarily trade and economic cooperation. We noted with satisfaction that we have reversed, overall, the negative trend in mutual trade that was caused by global market instability. In the first quarter of 2017, our trade increased by 23 percent. Russian exports to Kyrgyzstan grew 24 percent and imports from Kyrgyzstan by 15 percent. The deliveries of foods and agricultural raw materials, which are vital commodities for Kyrgyzstan, have increased more than 150 percent,” he said.

The Russian leader stressed that Russia continues to help the economy of Kyrgyzstan. He told about the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund, operating successfully, with Russia investing $500 million in its authorised capital.

The fund has provided financing to 28 major projects in Kyrgyzstan. Another 700 diverse projects have received loans in the amount of over $230 million from Kyrgyz commercial banks under the Small and Medium-Sized Business Support Programme.

“In addition, Russia annually provides $30 million to support the state budget of Kyrgyzstan. Since 2012, the cumulative amount of such grants has amounted to $255 million. Russia has allocated another $200 million to adapt the Kyrgyz economy to the terms and conditions of membership in the Eurasian Economic Union,” he said.

Putin also stressed that significant investments in Kyrgyzstan come from Russian commercial organizations.

He also said that money transfers by Kyrgyz citizens working in Russia make a significant contribution to Kyrgyzstan’s economy.

“Last year, the amount of such transfers increased by almost 20 percent and amounted to almost $2 billion, or one-third of Kyrgyzstan’s GDP. Such transfers grew by another 67 percent in the first quarter of this year. Kyrgyz citizens are granted preferential terms for employment, medical care and social assistance,” said Putin.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:58:37 +0600