KYRGYZ REPUBLIC –
THE COUNTRY OF
THOUSAND LAKES AND
IN THE HEART OF
and 2 run-away presidents
By Azat Israilov
Slightly smaller than South Dakota.
Over 90% are mountains.
Kyrgyzstan - for 70 years was a part of the
Soviet Union - declared independence in
Population – over 5 million (roughly the
same as in Colorado state).
See Wikipedia for more info.
Several studies point out that Kyrgyz and Native Americans
had general roots – they both originate in Siberia (Russia).
Native Americans came from Siberia about 15,000 years ago.
Kyrgyz = Americans?
Kyrgyzstan is the only country among 15 ex-Soviet countries
and Eastern Europe (and most likely in Eurasia) that made 2
presidents run away in 2005 and then in 2010 during popular
94% of Kyrgyzstan territory are mountains.
That provides many opportunities for climbing, trekking and
skiing surrounded by untouched nature.
Kyrgyzstan is the only country in Central Asia (and among ex-Soviet
countries) to host a US military base since 2001 which was opened
right after the 9/11 events to start military operations in Afghanistan.
US Military Base
Being illegal, Ala kachuu or Bride kidnapping occurs primarily in rural
areas, is an accepted and common way of taking a wife
There are about 14,000 bride kidnappings every year; two thirds are
Ala Kachuu (to take and flee)
Manas epic is the biggest epic literature in the world which was
transferred orally down through generations for over 1000
years. It will take half a year to read it.
KG has the world's largest natural-growth walnut forest.
kok-boru – “blue wolf” in the Kyrgyz language – a popular horse game in
which two teams of riders face off in a field and attempt to carry a goat or
calf carcass into the opposing team’s end zone.
It is the second-largest alpine lake in the world after Lake
Titicaca in South America. Issyk Kul being surrounded by high
mountains never freezes during cold winters.
Issyk Kul lake
Coming from a poor, single mother family Atay (now 23) went
to final rounds of 3 format talent shows, and in 2011 in Chech
Republic he won and got 130,000 USD for the best robot
Kyrgyz = Americans?
Ala kachuu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala_kachuu
US military base http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_Center_at_Manas
Walnut forest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arslanbob
Issyk Kul lake http://diesel.elcat.kg/index.php?showtopic=3680070
10 facts about KG http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/life/cheat-sheet-
American blog about KG
Read Dennis Keen blog about his recent
experience in Kyrgyzstan. It’s very interesting