*Latest*: 14.01.85 Police claim to have arrested the “main suspect” in the shooting of senior police officer Tolkunbek Shonoev, referred to only by his initials K.Zh. K.Zh is being held in a GKNB holding cell. It is not yet clear why the suspect was arrested and what crime he will be charged with.
Head of the Southern Department for Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption (UBOPiK) at the Ministry of the Interior, Tolkunbek Shonoev, was shot in the evening on January 11 as a result of an armed attack. Police working are working with witnesses. Continue reading
Money from Brussels will be spent on the social and economic sectors of the country, as well as on programs for dealing with uranium tailings, said a spokesman for the European Union in Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading
Planned power outages due to a fault in the Toktogul Hydroelectric power station will spread to the Kyrgyz capital, as of December 28, according to staff at the station. Previously, electricity provider Severelectro had promised not to disable power in Bishkek. Continue reading
The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) has denied an “attack” on a member of its staff whose job it was to protect the territory of the parliament. Information about the “attack” was provided by the press service of the Bishkek city police department. Continue reading
The Russian company Gazprom Neft Asia has lowered the price of gasoline at gas stations in Kyrgyzstan, apparently at the request of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy. The oil and gas company itself has not commented on the price change. Continue reading
On December 13 the Kyrgyz parliament adopted amendments to the law “On the State Language” on the first reading. Most changes affect state employees directly, but there are those that can cover almost any citizen. Continue reading
The Kambarata HPP-1 project agreed on between Kyrgyzstan and Russia must be subjected to international expertise, determined a Russia- Uzbekistan intergovernmental commission reported on by CIS news agencies on December 13. Continue reading
Bishkek City Hospital № 4 confirmed on December 11 that they had received a bear trainer suffering from bite wounds, who refused to be hospitalized. The circus has denied this information and has threatened hospital staff with legal action. Continue reading
A Kyrgyz lawmaker has kick-started a debate in Kyrgyzstan about when journalists should and shouldn’t be able to quote a Twitter feed to inform a news report. Continue reading
In Taldykorgan a public hearing was held December 4 on the case of Private Vladislav Chelakh, the border guard accused under nine articles of the Kazakh Criminal Code following the death of 14 members of the border service and a state ranger on May 30.