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Erbor Omuraliev: Youth is an army for radical organizations

Internal and external factors complement each other in the radicalization of the youth in Kyrgyzstan. Orientalist scholar, postgraduate student of the Kyrgyz National University, Erbol Omuraliev, said at the round table discussion «Radicalization of the Population in Kyrgyzstan: Why the Youth Chooses Negative Projects.»

«It is believed that radicalism appeared in the post-Soviet space after the collapse of the Union. But in fact, the very first and brightest foci of this threat appeared during the war in Afghanistan. It showed what tragic and irreversible consequences the excessive religiosity, illiteracy, low living standards, isolation of the society from the rest of the world can have,» he said.

According to him, the internal factors include excessive democracy after the collapse of the Union.

«Radicalism most often covers the young people. It has always been used not only in the history of Kyrgyzstan, but also in the world history. This is an army, that is why young people get into the field of view of the radical organizations,» he said.