KYRGYZSTAN : No obstacles to russian press in Kyrgyzstan – Premier

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Felix Kulov says that there are no obstacles to the Russian-language press in Kyrgyzstan.

“There are no obstacles to the Russian presence in our information space, the activity of Russian-language mass media or the information needs of
Russian-speakers in Kyrgyzstan,” Kulov said in an address to an international conference “Russian-Language Press in Central Asia and Information
Support of Compatriots”, which is underway in Bishkek..

“We do not want Russia to withdraw from our information and cultural sphere. We should join our efforts towards creating conditions for a mutually acceptable Russian information presence in Central Asia,” he said

Kulov urged reporters to “bring down the emigration mood among Kyrgyz Russian-speakers.

“We don’t want citizens, irrespective of their nationality, to leave our country,” he said.

Opposition journalists asked the heads of the above-mentioned printhouses for help in printing their newspapers.
Presidential elections are scheduled for December 4.

Meanwhile, Vremya-Print director Yelena Burmistrova has refused to comment on the matter but acknowledged that the contracts with the newspapers were terminated on the printhouse’s initiative.

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