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    Central Asia
     Jun 18, '14


Kyrgyz bazaar faces Russia, China choice
By Chris Rickleton

Kelechek, a dusty new settlement on the fringes of Central Asia's largest bazaar, is brimming with doubt. The village's name means "future" in Kyrgyz, but residents aren't sure it has one.

As Russia strives to consolidate its economic union in formerly Soviet territories, the sprawling Dordoi Bazaar not far from the village is experiencing dark days. "If Dordoi dies, Kelechek migrates to Moscow," says Tursun Melisov, a 32-year-old porter at the sprawling bazaar. "It has already started." Even as this



latest wave of labor migration gets underway, approximately 1 million Kyrgyz are working abroad.

Dordoi is still full of locals stocking up on cheap goods from China and elsewhere. But supplying domestic consumers has never been Dordoi's central purpose. The real money is in re-export. More ...

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org. Click here for the original article.

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