SPIEGEL Central Asia Special: The New Great Game

SPIEGEL Central Asia Special: The New Great Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2010

In a special series, SPIEGEL explores Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. These countries, once the center of the "Great Game," a bitter struggle over natural resources and strategic bases between the British and Russian colonial powers, are seeing history repeat itself. more...

'A Completely Lawless Place': Kyrgyzstan Has Become an Ungovernable Country

'A Completely Lawless Place': Kyrgyzstan Has Become an Ungovernable Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2010

In the wake of ethnic violence in June that killed almost 2,000 people, Kyrgyzstan has been plagued by violence and lawlessness. Now the country is to become the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia. But is it ready for democracy? By Erich Follath and Christian Neef in Osh, Kyrgyzstan more... Comment ]


'Leading the Country into a Dead End': Former President Slams Kyrgyzstan's Democracy Plans

'Leading the Country into a Dead End': Former President Slams Kyrgyzstan's Democracy Plans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2010

The vast majority of Kyrgyzstan's residents may have voted in favor of the country's interim government and its planned democratic reforms in Sunday's referendum, but the deposed Kyrgyz president is convinced they are harming his homeland. In a SPIEGEL interview, Kurmanbek Bakiyev said the current leaders are "unfit" to govern the country. By Benjamin Bidder in Minsk more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Kyrgyzstan's Interim President: 'We Are Experiencing a New Kind of Terror'

SPIEGEL Interview with Kyrgyzstan's Interim President: 'We Are Experiencing a New Kind of Terror'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2010

Kyrgyzstan's interim president, Roza Otunbayeva, has been struggling to deal with ethnic violence in her country. In a SPIEGEL interview, she claims that supporters of her predecessor Kurmanbek Bakiyev are deliberately trying to stoke conflict and speaks of her efforts to make Kyrgyzstan into a parliamentary democracy. By Benjamin Bidder more...


Kyrgyzstan Falls Apart: Can Democracy Work in Central Asia?

Kyrgyzstan Falls Apart: Can Democracy Work in Central Asia?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2010

Kyrgyzstan was once seen as a model of democracy in Central Asia. Now it appears to have become ungovernable, with tens of thousands of residents fleeing the country after deadly ethnic clashes. Is this the end of democracy in the region? By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more...

Unrest in Central Asia: 'Kyrgyzstan Is On the Brink of Collapse'

Unrest in Central Asia: 'Kyrgyzstan Is On the Brink of Collapse'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2010

With hundreds dead and tens of thousands of refugees, ethnic violence has brought chaos to Kyrgyzstan. Central Asia policy expert Andrea Schmitz told SPIEGEL ONLINE about the history behind the attacks on the Uzbek minority and the wobbly transitional government. more...


Putin's Perils: Revolutions Speed Russia's Disintegration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2005

Following the coup in Kyrgyzstan, resistance and disappointment are growing in Moscow over President Vladimir Putin's troublesome policies. The revolution is spreading in the former Soviet republics and many are now asking how long it will take before it reaches the Russian capital. By Uwe Klußmann and Christian Neef more...