Kyrgyzstan Police Seize Guns from Gang
13 March 2014
Central Asia Online
BISHKEK – Authorities in southern Kyrgyzstan detained and prosecuted 12 suspected organised-crime ring members in the first two months of 2014, the Interior Ministry (MVD) said in a statement March 12.
The anti-organised crime police in the south, during January and February, solved 48 crimes, including multiple counts of illegal drug possession and other offences, the MVD said. The police also seized various illegal weapons and reminded the public that citizens who... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyz Authorities Seize Guns in Crime Prevention Measure
27 June 2013
Central Asia Online / AKIpress
BATKEN OBLAST – Authorities in Bazar-Bashy, Batken Oblast, recently seized several firearms from local residents, AKIpress.org reported June 26.
Police seized one illegally stored firearm and temporarily confiscated seven legally registered firearms from one man, media reported.
Authorities in several Batken Oblast villages intend to prevent the storage of weapons and munitions by the general public as a crime prevention measure, Kyrgyz Interior Ministry spokesman... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyzstan Govt Considers Ban on Carrying Guns While Drunk
20 June 2013
Central Asia Online
BISHKEK – Kyrgyz lawmakers June 19 reviewed the third reading of a bill that would bar citizens from carrying guns while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, the parliamentary press office said. Bills require parliamentary approval in three readings before they may reach the president.
The bill, if it becomes law, also would prohibit carrying guns in schools, bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, and government buildings, Kenjebek Bokoyev, chairman of the... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyzstan Officials Consider Ban on Carrying Guns at Govt
26 March 2013
24 News Agency (Kyrgyzstan)
BISHKEK - At least 58 MPs have firearms in the amount of 164 units. Irina Karamushkina, member of SDPK faction stated today at a meeting of the Committee on Ethics and Regulations referring to the Interior Ministry's data.
According to her, four of them are women. "These are honorary and hunting weapons. But I think we should ban carrying of guns in the Parliament building. This object is guarded by officers of the 9th detachment of the State Committee for National... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyzstan Officials Alarmed by Small Arms Proliferation
15 June 2012
A spokesman at Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry has acknowledged that only about half of the small arms that went missing during the country's 2010 political and ethnic violence have been accounted for. The "huge number" of weapons floating about is "enough to carry out another revolution in the country," believes the chairman of parliament's defense and security committee.
Bishkek's 24.kg news agency reported this week that security forces lost about 1,200 small arms... (GunPolicy.org)
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1/3 of Femicides Committed With Gun in Latin America and Caribbean [ES]
2 March 2012
RT-TV Novosti (Russia)
[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.]
El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer.
El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (GunPolicy.org)
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Smuggling of Small Arms in Central Asia Is Endemic - British Expert
2 August 2011
Journal of Turkish Weekly (Turkey), Transcript
British intelligence analyst and journalist Richard M. Bennett says the Fergana Valley is extremely vulnerable to the covert smuggling of arms and drugs, despite the official reports of Central Asian governments denying its highlighted status. Mr. Bennett told JTW that Russia has been responsible for an overwhelming amount of illegal arms circulating in ex-Soviet Central Asia. In his view, Russia's military intelligence (GRU) is the mastermind of major trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)
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Belarus Ratifies CIS Accord on Illegal Gun, Ammunition Trade
30 May 2009
BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Belapan (Minsk), Transcript
MINSK — Belarusian MPs have agreed to ratify the agreement on cooperation between the CIS member-states in counteracting illegal production and sales of firearms, ammunition, explosive substances and devices.
Belarusian Deputy Interior Minister Syarhey Hureyew said that the agreement was signed on 14 November 2008 in Chisinau by Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to ensure effective joint struggle against crime, including... (GunPolicy.org)
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Former Soviet States Plan Database of Gun Runners, Illicit Arms Dealers
11 April 2008
BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax, Transcript
A joint CIS database of transnational criminal groups involved in illegal arms trafficking will be created, the press service of the Minsk-based CIS Executive Committee has told Interfax.
"This is stipulated by a draft agreement on cooperation in combating the illegal manufacturing and sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices, which has been discussed by the committee's expert group," the press service said.
Chief of the committee's anti-crime... (GunPolicy.org)
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Small Arms in Kyrgyzstan: Post-revolutionary Gun Trade and Proliferation
20 March 2007
ReliefWeb / Small Arms Survey, Web Page
The ousting of President Askar Akaev from power in March 2005 has resulted in a deteriorating security situation and an increase in the demand for and use of small arms in Kyrgyzstan.
The Small Arms Survey study published in 2004 (MacFarlane and Torjesen, 2004) found that small arms were less of a problem in Kyrgyzstan than commonly assumed: few families owned arms; demand was limited; and trafficking was modest. While the proliferation of small arms may pose a... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyz Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Themselves to Carry Guns
14 December 2006
BISHKEK — Kyrgyz lawmakers on Thursday approved a law allowing them to possess firearms. Most of the deputies believe that they need arms for self-defense.
Opposition lawmakers repeatedly stated that they had been often threatened by unidentified persons. The law provides for lawmakers' keeping firearms after quitting office.
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev refused to sign the bill several days ago, but the parliamentarians overcame his veto on Thursday.
The issue... (GunPolicy.org)
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Kyrgyzstan Loosens Gun Law, Allows Shooting to Protect Private Property
16 November 2006
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Businessmen in Kyrgyzstan have welcomed a new law making it legal for them to use weapons to defend their property. However, there are a number of grey areas in the law which NBCentralAsia commentators say need to be defined more clearly — including what actually constitutes property, and what the police and courts should do when a violent incident takes place.
On November 14, the Kyrgyz parliament passed a bill amending current criminal and civil legislation to... (GunPolicy.org)
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Small Arms Race in Kyrgyzstan is a Growing Concern for Authorities
8 June 2006
IRIN (UN News)
OSH, Kyrgyzstan — The spread of small arms in Kyrgyzstan has become a growing concern for government officials and law enforcement agencies responsible for combating rising crime in the Central Asian state.
"The problem is clear: illegal proliferation of small arms has a tendency to grow. This becomes a threat to public order and results in the growth of criminal incidents and assassinations," said Col. Ravshan Abdukarimov, deputy chief of staff at the Kyrgyz... (GunPolicy.org)
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Hunting Guns: A Country Awash With Guns?
9 March 2004
It is commonly believed that Central Asia is awash with arms and that gun possession and trading is linked to other security problems in the region: trafficking in drugs and people, the criminalization of the police and security forces, religious fundamentalism, and ethnic rivalries. One influential report, published in 2002 by the UN's Institute for Disarmament Research, suggested that "the existence of a considerable infrastructure for illicit small-arms trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)
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New Report Shoots Down Assumptions About Gun Proliferation
1 March 2004
Times of Central Asia
KYRGYZSTAN — A new report counters preconceptions that Central Asia is a "hotbed of gun proliferation and misuse." The study uses Kyrgyzstan as a case study and finds that, despite suffering from socio-economic problems and ethnic tensions, there is little evidence that this has led to increasing violence and gun proliferation. Neil MacFarlane is a professor of international relations at Oxford University in Britain and the co-author of the report, titled "Kyrgyzstan:... (GunPolicy.org)
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Gun Ownership Less Serious Than Previously Believed
19 February 2004
A new survey on gun ownership in Kyrgyzstan raises questions about widely held assumptions concerning Central Asian security conditions. The study found that guns are less prevalent in Kyrgyz society than previously believed. The findings suggest that Kyrgyzstan should not be lumped together with "its friction-prone neighbors" when considering the potential for conflict in the region.
"Small arms are less of a problem in Kyrgyzstan than commonly assumed; few families... (GunPolicy.org)
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Study Finds Less Small Arms in Kyrgyzstan Than Previously Thought
19 February 2004
News Central Asia
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — A report released yesterday by Small Arms Survey, a Geneva based study group, shows that small arms are less prevalent in Kyrgyzstan than in neighboring countries, countering the conventional wisdom that the entire Central Asian region is a hotbed of gun proliferation and misuse.
According to "Kyrgyzstan: A Small Arms Anomaly in Central Asia?", Kyrgyzstan experiences low levels of civilian gun violence, has no major weapons smuggling, and small... (GunPolicy.org)
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