Between praise and persecution: Civil society in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s civil society has been renowned in Central Asia and beyond for its influence and activism. But with the sudden rise of a new populist president, civil society’s freedom and room for manoeuvre is becoming more and more limited. How does liberal-democratic civil society regard the turbulent political and social events that the country is going through? How does civil society see its own role in the development of Kyrgyzstan? And finally, what is civil society’s view on cooperation with the international donor community?

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