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Pronunciation: /ˌkɪəɡɪˈstɑːn/
Pronunciation: /ˌkəːɡɪˈstɑːn/ Pronunciation: /ˌkɪəɡɪˈstan/ Pronunciation: /ˌkəːɡɪˈstan/
A mountainous country in central Asia, on the north-western border of China; population 5,431,700 (est. 2009); official language, Kyrgyz; capital, Bishkek. Also called Kyrgyz Republic or (formerly) Kirghizia.

The region was annexed by Russia in 1864, and became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. On the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 Kyrgyzstan became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Independent States

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