KYRGYZSTAN

Source: PIB, PTI, The Hindu, The Indian Express, DD News, Lok Sabha Channel, All India Radio

KYRGYZSTAN

Over the past few days, Kyrgyzstan, has seen violent protests. Thousands of participants clashed with police forces in the country’s capital, Bishkek last week. Often referred to as the only democracy in the region, the country is witnessing one of its worst political crises in decades.

  • Kyrgyzstan, also known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • It’s the second-smallest of the five Central Asian states; it occupied 0.9 percent of the Soviet Union.
  • Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
  • The mountainous region of the Tian Shan covers over 80% of the country (Kyrgyzstan is occasionally referred to as “the Switzerland of Central Asia”, as a result).

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