From ethnic violence to free elections, the young people of Kyrgyzstan’s hopes and fears for the future. It’s been a turbulent year for the remote, mountainous nation of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. As the country reeled from ethnic violence, the government pushed through a groundbreaking referendum – to amend the country’s constitution and bring in parliamentary democracy, the first of its kind in Central Asia.
I traveled to Kyrgyzstan for the historic poll, and discovered a new generation taking charge of political life. They’re known as the “Post Soviets”, those born entirely after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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