Posts Tagged ‘Bishkek’

The past few days have seen the rule of Kurmanbek Bakiyev dissolve into riots, gunfire, and confusion.  For those of you who are interested, the revolution is being tweeted.  I have tried to collect relevant people on Twitter here:

Also, check my direct Twitter feed as I will be retweeting relevant posts as much as possible.  Here are a couple to check out whether I retweet them or not:

  • David Trilling of Eurasianet is on the ground in Bishkek, has up-to-the-minute tweets, and is a very strong reporter;
  • The new interim president of Kyrgyzstan, former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva, is also tweeting (on background I’ve heard from knowledgeable people that she is smart and a democrat, so fingers crossed);
  • Mirsulzhan’s tweets have been really informative, which is unsurprising since he’s a Kyrgyz political scientist; and
  • Check the #freekg hashtag on Twitter, which is aggregating all of the relevant links.

Some of these tweets are in Russian, but Google Translate — http://translate.google.com/#ru|en| — works a charm to get a rough and ready translation in seconds.

Trilling’s latest piece for Eurasianet, “Bishkek Hesitant as Otunbayeva Forms New Government,” gives a very good sense for how things are now in the Kyrgyz capital.


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