ASIA/KYRGYZSTAN - The Kyrgyz government announced a program to combat Islamist extremism

Thursday, 15 December 2016


Bishkek (Agenzia Fides) - Kyrgyzstan is preparing to create an anti-terrorism state program that will in particular aim to increase both preventive and repressive measures to fight the expansion of religious extremism in the Kyrgyz society. The news was reported a few days ago by Deputy Prime Minister Zhenish Razakov, stressing that the program will be aimed mainly at curbing the spread of extremist religious ideologies among young people.
The fight against religious extremism - refers Russian media - is presented as a priority of the current political leadership of the former Soviet Republic. According to the State Committee for National Security, more than 600 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, including entire family clans with women and children, have moved to the Middle East to join jihadist groups and their militias. Jihadist ideology took root first in the southern regions of the Republic, only to find acceptance also among the residents of the northern regions such as Issyk Kul and Naryn. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 15/12/2016)