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Kyrgystan and Kazakstan

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    Posted: 19 Apr 2011 at 22:20
At least to the eye of the outsider, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz are two nations with very similar origins and culture. However, the impression we get from the press coverage of Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan is radically contrasting.

Most of the press coverage of Kygystan seems to be associated with its social, economic, and political problems:
- corruption in politics, followed by a coup in 2010
- ethnic violence against the Uzbek minority, and a growing feeling of xenophobia
- "thug culture" breeding in the schools, and taking over the streets, and business
- a return of bride-kidnapping

Most of the press coverage of Kazakhstan seems to be associated with its economic growth and increasing foreign investment.

Are these two countries really heading down paths that are that different?
What could be explained for these differences?


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Any press coverage of Kazakhstan is mainly in a tone of ridicule; first because of 'Borat' (Sacha Baron Cohen) and secondly because its President 'won' +95% of the vote in a recent election.
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Yes, the situation in two countries is "radically contrasting." To put it simple, the Kazakhstani leadership is much more reasonable and sane. The Kyrgyz administration, especially under Bakier, was complitely irrational by basically robbing their own country to the last penny. That doesn't have anything to do with cultural similarities between Kazakhs and Kyrgyz, their leaderships are just totally different.
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