«Let’s not breed!» How the Kyrgyz government poisons dissenters

Country/area: Kyrgyzstan

Organisation: Kloop Media

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 20/04/2021

Credit: Saadat Tologonova, Ekaterina Reznikova


 Saadat Tologonova has been a correspondent for the data department of Kloop Media since 2020. Since 2017, the coordinator of the Osh office of Kloop. Ekaterina Reznikova is an investigator, programmer, editor of the Kloop Media data department.

Project description:


 Insults and even calls for reprisals against political opponents in the entourage of the President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov are not uncommon. To reveal this, we analyzed thousands of posts, comments, publications in groups. Of these, more than a hundred publications contained hostile statements against the opposition and activists. Dozens of such posts belong to associates and supporters of Zhaparov.

Impact reached:

 In my opinion, Zhaparov's supporters have stopped persecuting the opposition and activists on social networks less. They began to hide under fake accounts. Readers began to recognize Zhaparov's people and write comments that they do not believe them.

Techniques/technologies used:

 Scraped comments on social networks analyzed them. They scraped accounts that were in support of President Zhaparov. Supporters were identified, their connections with the president and his wife. Some of them said that they were led by the President's wife and paid for it. Also that fakes work for the president.

What was the hardest part of this project?

 It was difficult to identify the connections of the owners of accounts in social networks with the President of Kyrgyzstan and his entourage.

What can others learn from this project?

 Less reference to the opinions of the president's supporters. Fight more fakes, hate speech against individuals. And to convey to society that what the president of the country and his supporters are doing is wrong.

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