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At a glance: Kyrgyzstan in 2017
Kyrgyzstan | society | 17:30, 29 December 2017 | 3697

AKIPRESS.COM - With new year's quickly approaching, it's also the time of the year to recollect important events that happened to and took place in Kyrgyzstan in the outgoing year.

2017 for Kyrgyzstan began with tragic event. On the morning of January 16, a Boeing-747-400 cargo plane crashed into a village near Manas airport, Dachi SU. The plane flew from Hong Kong to Istanbul with a stopover in Bishkek for refueling. The plane crash killed 36 people on the ground and all 4 Boeing crew members on board.

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On February 25, Prosecutor General's Office launched criminal case against then-MP Omurbek Tekebayev and other persons based on the statement by Russian businessman Leonid Mayevsky, who claims to have paid him $1 million in exchange for the Alfa Telecom mobile operator company's shares. Tekebayev was arrested upon arrive from Istanbul at the Manas airport.

On February 27, Tekebayev and former Ambassador Duishonbek Chotonov were charged with corruption.

On August 16, 2017 Pervomay district court sentenced former Ata-Meken party leader Omurbek Tekebayev and former Kyrgyz ambassador Duishonbek Chotonov to 8 years in prison and ruled to confiscate their properties. On October 2, 2017 the Bishkek city court upheld sentencing of Tekebayev and Chotonov. Then the Supreme Court on November 21 upheld  sentencing. 

On March 21, Kyrgyzstan celebrated the Nooruz spring holiday and Kyrgyz new year with concerts, fairs, exhibitions and sporting events.

 

On March 25, a former member of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov was detained and taken to the National Security Committee.

He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and taking former Governor of Issyk-Kul Emil Kaptagayev hostage. Japarov was also accused of the organization of violent protests in October 2013 in the Issyk-Kul region with the aim of igniting a political unrest, according to the National Security Committee.

His detention also sparked protests and clashes between his supporters and police on March 25 resulting in the 2-5-days arrest of around 60 people.

Japarov while at remand prison attempted suicide. He was taken to the hospital from the prison on April 2 after he cut his neck with a knife that was used in the prison for cutting products.

 

On August 2, a district court in Bishkek sentenced Japarov to 11.5 years in prison for hostage taking. Then the Bishkek city court upheld his sentencing.

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In early April, a rare for this time of the year snow fell in Bishkek and some regions of the country.

 

On April 7,  April People's Revolution Day was marked on the Ala-Too square.

Early on April 29, a massive landslide killed 24 people in Ayu village of Uzgen district of Osh region, south-western Kyrgyzstan.

The landslide caused by heavy rains destroyed dozens of houses in the village.

A hot weather in Bishkek in May forced the mayor's office to switch on the fountains.

 

On May 9, Kyrgyzstan celebrated the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War and Bishkek residents marched in the Immortal Regiment march.

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyzstanis, including schoolchildren, veterans of the Second World War, Afghan veterans and others took part in the campaign.

 

Kyrgyzstan marked International Day for Protection of Children on June 1. The Bishkek City Administration and the Ministry of Education organized a children's festival in Oak Park for children.

 

On June 25, a mass festive Eid al-Fitr prayer was held on the Old Square of Bishkek. The festive prayer lasted about 2 hours.

On July 24, the annual meeting of then President Almazbek Atambayev with representatives of the media and experts was held in Cholpon-Ata.

More than 70 people took part in the meeting.

On September 1, a festive e Eid al-Adha prayer was held in Bishkek's old squre. Over 30 thousand citizens and guests of the capital gathered for the festive prayer.

 

On September 5, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Kyrgyzstan on official visit. At the airport in Bishkek, he was welcomed by Almazbek Atambayev.

Within the framework of the state visit, the heads of state exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and signed a number of bilateral documents.

After the visit, Atambayev personally accompanied Mirziyoyev to the Manas international airport to say goodbye. 

The Presidents agreed on the state visit of Atambayev to Uzbekistan. In October, Atambayev arrived in Tashkent. The President was met at the airport by the head of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

On October 7, Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Temir Jumakadyv, his assistant and driver were killed in a road accident in the Moscow region.

The funeral was held on 9 October.

 

On October 12, the opening of the new ferris wheel took place in Bishkek. 

 

On October 15, Kyrgyzstan had a landmark presidential vote which saw the first peaceful transfer of power in Kyrgyzstan.

11 candidates run for the presidency. Former Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov won the election with 54.22% of the votes.

He was sworn in as the president on November 24.

 

New president's first foreign trip was to Moscow on November 29. Jeenbekov met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

The heads of state discussed issues of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation, as well as the main directions for further cooperation on a wide range of bilateral partnerships.

 

December 13-14, Jeenbekov paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. He met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in narrow and extended formats.

As a result of the meetings, a number of documents were signed.

 

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