Articles by Bagila Bukharbayeva



Putin Balks at Protocol to Limit Executions

  • 18 January 08
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin has again refused to commit Russia to a key international protocol aimed at reforming the European Court of Human Rights, a top Council of Europe member said Thursday.

Fears of Turmoil as Kyrgyzstan Votes

  • 17 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyz voters cast ballots for a new parliament Sunday in elections that many fear could cause further political turmoil. Opposition groups say President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's government plans to falsify the elections in an effort to oust his staunchest rivals from the legislature.

Fears of Turmoil as Kyrgyzstan Votes

  • 17 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyz voters cast ballots for a new parliament Sunday in elections that many fear could cause further political turmoil. Opposition groups say President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's government plans to falsify the elections in an effort to oust his staunchest rivals from the legislature.

100 Volumes of History To Shed Light on Stalin

  • 07 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Historians have announced the start of a project to increase understanding of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's rule and help Russians come to terms with one of the grimmest pages of their history.

100 Volumes of History To Shed Light on Stalin

  • 07 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Historians have announced the start of a project to increase understanding of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's rule and help Russians come to terms with one of the grimmest pages of their history.

Mayor Bans the Phrase 'I Don't Know'

  • 06 September 07
  • The Associated Press
The mayor of a west Siberian oil town has ordered his bureaucrats to stop using expressions such as ""I don't know"" and ""I can't"" -- or look for another job.

A Dark Secret Amid the Boom

  • 30 August 07
  • The Associated Press
The 15-year-old twins sleep among trash and dirt in a nook under a railway platform and spend their days at a Salvation Army shelter in a grim Moscow neighborhood.

Kyrgyz Pressuring U.S. Over Air Base

  • 05 June 07
  • The Associated Press
Alexei Mischenko's job driving a garbage truck at the U.S. military base here doesn't just provide him with a steady income of $200 per month. It offers him a front-row seat for a high-stakes, international political struggle.

6,000 Urge Bakiyev to Quit in Bishkek

  • 12 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of opposition supporters gathered in the main square in Kyrgyzstan's capital Wednesday to press President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to resign.

Kyrgyzstan Faces Unrest 2 Years On

  • 23 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Two years after an uprising drove out his predecessor, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev himself is facing the threat of mass protests.

Tantalizing Hints of Coming Change

  • 23 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Russia and the West watch with interest as Turkmenistan prepares to elect its first new leader in two decades.

Almaty Ignores Uprising Anniversary

  • 18 December 06
  • The Associated Press
n a cold December day 20 years ago, Bakhytbek Imanqozha and his four friends went around student dormitories in Almaty, knocking on every door and urging everyone to come out and stand up for their rights.

Religious Leaders Meeting in Almaty

  • 12 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Religious leaders gathering in Kazakhstan for a two-day forum opening Tuesday are scheduled to discuss tolerance, even as concerns mount over the increasingly hostile treatment of religious minorities in the country.

Daughter Annoys Nazarbayev

  • 27 June 06
  • The Associated Press
The Kazakh president's eldest daughter has an arsenal any politician would envy: a political party, a seat in parliament and control over the country's biggest media group.

Kazakhs Put First Satellite in Space

  • 19 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Kazakhstan sent its first satellite into space Sunday in the country's first step toward fulfilling its ambitions to join the club of space-exploring nations.

Scientists Start Tracking Sturgeon Via Satellite

  • 14 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Three men struggle to lift a squirming, nearly 2-meter, gray fish with a pointy nose and distinctive jagged spine and spill it into the green waters of the Caspian Sea.

1,000 Defy Ban to Rally in Almaty

  • 27 February 06
  • The Associated Press
About 1,000 demonstrators defied truncheon-wielding riot police Sunday in Kazakh stan's largest city, pushing ahead with a banned march to the main square to commemorate a slain opposition leader.

Kyrgyz Prepare for Key Vote

  • 07 July 05
  • The Associated Press
Meder Usenov led anti-government protests in this southern city three months ago, throwing punches at police officers and urging crowds of demonstrators not to back off.

Uzbek Rights Activist Is Detained in Kazakhstan

  • 06 July 05
  • The Associated Press
An Uzbek human rights activist who criticized a recent bloody government crackdown on protesters has been arrested in neighboring Kazakhstan following a request from Uzbekistan to deport him, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Baikonur Launch Site Turns 50

  • 03 June 05
  • The Associated Press
Five decades after Soviet engineers turned a wind-swept corner of the remote Central Asian steppes into a secret missile launch site, President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, commemorated the anniversary of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday.

Kygryzstan Orders Uzbek Refugees Out

  • 24 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyzstan has forced scores of refugees who fled Uzbekistan after it exploded in unrest to return despite fears they could face cruel treatment, a Kyrgyz official said Monday, as other refugees vowed to go home voluntarily to demand their government's ouster.

Uzbek Troops Regain Eastern Town

  • 20 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Residents claim about 200 government troops moved in overnight, with some saying they had heard sporadic gunfire.

Oil Giants Fear Kazakh Changes

  • 18 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Western investors flocked to oil-rich Kazakhstan after the Soviet collapse. Now they worry that the leader under whom they have been building up their businesses here for more than a decade might be on his way out.

Hundreds Dead in Uzbek Uprising

  • 16 May 05
  • The Associated Press
About 500 bodies have been laid out in rows at a school in the eastern Uzbek city where troops fired on protesters to put down an uprising, a doctor in the town said Sunday, corroborating witness accounts of hundreds killed in the fighting.

Sense of Freedom, Then Gunfire

  • 16 May 05
  • The Associated Press
The crowd in the city square was listening to speaker after speaker complain about living conditions and government policies.

Riots Give Way to Tense Standoff

  • 23 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Opposition supporters and police officers formed joint patrols to keep order in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city of Osh, while President Askar Akayev on Tuesday pledged he would not impose a state of emergency amid mounting pressure for his resignation over allegations of fraud in recent parliamentary elections.

Kyrgyzstan's President Gets a Loyal Parliament

  • 15 March 05
  • The Associated Press
The opposition and Western observers say Sunday's elections were far from fair.

Ruling Tajik Party Heads for Victory

  • 01 March 05
  • The Associated Press
The party of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov appeared headed for an easy victory Monday amid allegations of vote-rigging and other breaches during a weekend parliamentary election.

Conversion Sees a Rare Success

  • 31 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Of the dozens of defense plants built in Kazakhstan to supply the Soviet military machine, most are struggling to keep their doors open and production lines running.

Kazakh Vote Falls Short, Observers Say

  • 21 September 04
  • The Associated Press
European observers said Monday that parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan fell short of international standards, with irregularities during ballot counting leading to a delay in announcing the results.