Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions.
so far, so good. . . until
In July 2005 Kurmanbek Bakiev was elected president and began manipulating parliament to gain new authoritarian powers. He routinely harrased journalists and political opponents and, In July 2009, was re-elected in a campaign that “failed to meet international standards.”
In June of 2010, attacks, fueled by ethnic tensions between minority Uzbeks and Kyrgyz nationals, erupted taking the lives of 2000 Uzbeks and displacing 80,000.
After the violence raged four days Russian troops were sent to stabilize the situation.
Conditions for Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan are dire and future outbreaks of ethnic violence are likely around the corner.