Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Victory Day Approaches

By R.B. Moreno

Above: regalia marking Soviet victory over the Nazis adorns downtown Bishkek's Ala-Too Square, where the charred remains of Kyrgyzstan's former tax ministry can also be seen. The building was damaged during riots that ousted Kurmanbek Bakiyev from power less than a month ago. Along with Victory Day on May 9, Kyrgyzstan celebrates Labor Day and Constitution Day this month. TV channels have been airing both remembrances of protestors killed during April's uprising and interviews with World War II veterans, whose numbers continue to dwindle. In a village park outside the capital, meanwhile, a stern memorial reminds passersby of what happened 65 years prior.

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