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A New Independence Day

On August 31, 1991 the Supreme Soviet (roughly the equivalent of parliament during the Soviet Union) voted to make the Kyrgyz Republic an independent country. Since then, the day has been commemorated with parades and other various patriotic fanfare in … Continue reading

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The Greenest City in Asia

Bishkek has often billed itself as “the greenest city in Asia.” There is a lot of truth in the claim. The Soviet-style north-south, east-west grid of the city is punctuated by large, lush parks that intersect with government buildings, apartment … Continue reading

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