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The study focused on the creation and online distribution of content by banned extremist groups in the Central Asian region.

The main materials of the study were the analysis of 1,610,164 religious messages in social networks and a field study with 4,005 respondents .

The results of the study show how religious extremists choose the target audience, content distribution channels, and the impact of content on the target audience.

Based on the data obtained, 5 policy briefs and 5 communication strategies for the countries of Central Asia were prepared.


You can learn more about and download prepared materials on our website , Internews website and


Collection of articles and works of participants of the international scientific and practical conference "Secularism, secularism, religiosity in the post-Soviet space: historical, legal, philosophical and ideological aspects", held on October 23-25, 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


It is intended for a wide range of readers dealing with and interested in issues of religion, secularism, law, politics and education.

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The purpose of the study was to identify a wide range of personal, social, economic and ideological factors that led to the recruitment, radicalization and mobilization of individuals, as well as the reasons for the subsequent return to Kyrgyzstan.

The study is based on 58 in-depth interviews with FTIs (Foreign Terrorist Fighters) and their families in the Middle East conflict zone, as well as 8 interviews with experts from various fields.

As a result, psychological, social aspects, problems of education (including religious education), family, economic and migration factors were identified. The role of social networks and information channels in the spread of extremist ideology was recorded.

The conclusions of the study include recommendations to state institutions, PVE actors, religious and international organizations .

The work was carried out by the RCRS and the Public Council under the State Penitentiary Service together with the University of Nottingham (Great Britain) with the support of the Hedaya Center.

The study includes many other aspects of the issue, which can be found in this publication .


To the 50th anniversary of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Bishkek and the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Chair for the Study of World Culture and Religions at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University named after. B. N. Yeltsin hosted an international scientific conference "Christianity in Kyrgyzstan: history and modernity."

The event was divided into 6 thematic sessions, where scientists, clerics and specialists from Russia, Italy and Kyrgyzstan made presentations.

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