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Newsletter for 2010

Photo Essay: Revolution of the Youth in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 On April 7th, 2010, Kyrgyzstan experienced its second revolution in five years. Incensed by rising utility prices, further suppression of the media and growing frustration over government corruption, thousands of Kyrgyz citizens from the provincial regions outside of Bishkek began to pour into the captial city that morning. What started out as a small group of protesters, much like the earlier demonstrations in February and March, quickly grew into pandemonium as hundreds and then thousands of citizens marched into Alatoo Square demanding change.

Photo Essay: Victory Day in Lutsk, Ukraine

In most of the former Soviet Union, May 9 still marks Victory Day, a holiday commemorating the capitulation of the Nazis to the Soviet Union in World War II. Since the fall of the USSR, this holiday has been adapted to align symbolically with new national holidays in many of the former Soviet republics. In Lutsk, a city of about 206,000 in Volynska Oblast in western Ukraine, Victory Day both venerates the city's triumph over the Fascist occupation in World War II and also celebrates the country's independent status.

Ellison Center News

Jarrett Basedow (MAIS REECAS 2009) is currently the country director for IREX Tajikistan, managing a variety of a civil society and education programs.  IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development: