Presentation of Kyrgyzstan
The Interim Country in central Asia known as Kyrgyzstan is dealing with nationwide turmoil that many feel will not subside for years to come. This has stemmed from its ethnically fueled separation of the north and south, its economy and its newfound independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before the fall of the Soviet Union and sometime after the documentary described Kyrgyzstan as a “state in waiting” and the “Switzerland of Asia”. This quickly changed when Kyrgyz took over the majority of government jobs, and two thirds of the Russians left in consequence. The internal Kyrgyzstan system is dealing with a type of government and economic corruption that is criminally fueled with unethical leaders.
The development of Kyrgyzstan took a U-turn when the Soviet Union took over. The Russification of Kyrgyzstan changed its very core even till this day. The interviews with the people of this country showed how much they would welcome Russian authority of the state once again, most likely due to the failure of keeping a moral government. One of the interviewee’s statements argued that it is fascism not democracy, which brings to question the validity of the root of democratization for countries going through similar turmoil.
The former president Bakiyev set in place a government ran on corruption that has seemingly torn the country apart to the point of no return. In April 2010, when the people spoke out against Bakiyev and took to the streets they were hoping for change, not the unfortunate outcome of violence and lives lost. This violence didn’t stop there, either. The government’s sheer internal and external instabilities resulted in an ethnically incited conflict between the Uzbeks and Kyrgyz which displaced mostly the Uzbeks in Osh. The conflict questions whether the intervention of Russia would be beneficial to not only cease the turmoil and stabilize the state but fulfill the desire of the people of Kyrgyzstan.