Photos gathered from social media and friends of the ethnic Kyrgyz students gone missing in China.

Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Musicians, folklorists, and storytellers disappear after being forced back to China.

CHOLPON-ATA, KYRGYZSTAN - SEPTEMBER 4, 2016: Hollywood actor Steven Seagal (R) and people in traditional dress in a specially built village setting, Kyrchin, at the 2016 World Nomad Games. Viktor Drachev/TASS (Photo by Viktor DrachevTASS via Getty Images)

Hawk Hunting, Goat Carcass Chasing, and Steven Seagal at World Nomad Games, in Photos

Goat carcasses, hawk hunting, bone throwing, and Steven Seagal: The World Nomad Games in photos.

A Kyrgyz police officer patrols next to the Chinese embassy in Bishkek on August 30, 2016.

A van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan on August 30, wounding three people, authorities said. / AFP / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO        (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)

Questions of Responsibility Loom After Attack on Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Chinese and Kyrgyz officials are investigating who launched a suicide bomb attack on the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek.


NGOs Avert Russian-Inspired Restrictions in Central Asia’s Only Democracy

After a grassroots campaign, Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers struck down a controversial “foreign agents” law.

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A Perfect Storm in Central Asia

For years, the five ex-Soviet republics have enjoyed surprising stability. But Russia’s economic crisis is shaking their foundations.

Horses are tethered to a rope at a pasture of the Suu-Samyr plateau, 2,500 meters above the sea level, along the ancient Great Silk Road from Bishkek to Osh, some 200 kilometers from Bishkek, on August 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO        (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)

Note to Self: Don’t Make Horse Penis Jokes in Kyrgyzstan

A Scottish gold miner may have been arrested for mocking a traditional Kyrgyz dish on Facebook.

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Central Asia’s Island of Democracy is Sinking

Next week’s elections lay bare the failure of Kyrgyzstan’s revolutionary dream.

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Dashcams For Freedom

How Central Asians are fighting for their rights, one YouTube clip at a time.

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