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Photorealism (Images from Kyrgyzstan)

Posted in kyrgyzstan by Karaka on 18 June 2010

I know, I know, I link to The Big Picture at least a couple of times a month. But the editor does wonderful work compiling these images on controversial or current affairs, and it’s some breathtaking photojournalism. Take, for example, this week’s spread on Kyrgyzstan.

Uzbek refugees seen in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, near the border with Uzbekistan, Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Faruk Akkan,CHA)

Ethnic Uzbeks walk between tents at a refugee camp in the village of Yorkishlak on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border on June 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

A Kyrgyz Interior Ministry forces officer conducts house-to-house searches in the Anoshin neighborhood in the city of Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander Merkushev)

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  1. Alec said, on 19 June 2010 at 11:04

    Uzbek refugees seen in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh,

    Perhaps unintentionally, this caption shows the root of these events. Osh had a sizable Uzbek minority for centuries before Stalin’s Commissariat of Nationalities deliberately redrew boundaries so to separate ethnic groups which could conspire against him.

    Kyrgyzstan is, formerly, the Kyrgyz Republic with the implication that’s it for ethnic Kyrgyz first.

  2. Karaka said, on 21 June 2010 at 12:16

    Alec, there’s no firm understanding of the origin of this violence, whether it was criminal organization, Bakiyev supporters, or straight up ethnic violence. I agree that the Uzbek population has been marginalized in Kyrgyzstan due to the USSR redrawing the lines of soviet states along somewhat arbitrary lines. But I would be cautious about saying that this whole thing is solely the result of Kyrgyz ejection of Uzbeks from its borders. That is far from clear.

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