Support The Moscow Times!

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Uzbeks of Blockading Village

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Kyrgyzstan said Uzbekistan had barred access to a Kyrgyz exclave inside its territory, the latest manifestation of border tensions between the Central Asian neighbors.

Border officials in Kyrgyzstan said Wednesday that the blockade has been in place for almost a week, depriving residents of the village of Barak of food supplies.

A clash on the border earlier this month resulted in injuries on both sides.

During that incident, Kyrgyzstan's border guards said they had come under attack from residents of the Uzbek exclave of Sokh, inside Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz authorities have since been hindering access to Sokh, creating hardship for its residents.

(AP)

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.