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‘Generals for Peace’ honors businesspeople   

BISHKEK (TCA) — A global association of military generals has formally recognised local and international businesspeople for their commitment to cultural understanding and peace in Kyrgyzstan. 

The International General Association (IGA) held a reception at Genatsvale Restaurant, in the Vefa Centre, Bishkek, on Saturday, 24 November, to thank Marat Akhmedjanov, Silk Road Media publisher; Marina Bashmanova, of K2, and director of the Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival literary contest; Nick Rowan, editor-in chief of Open Central Asia magazine; and Mikhail Sherstobitov, Genatsvale director. 

IGA director Anatoly Skargin and guests including ex-Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Amangeldy Muraliyev, presented certificates to the four, who had all participated in the Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literary Festival (24-25 November), with fellow IGA ambassador General Asylbek Aidaraliev also in attendance. 

Mr Rowan, on accepting his certificate, said that he hoped the book forum was very much in the spirit of shared cultural understanding, not only in the Central Asian region, but also worldwide. 

General Skargin has also previously arranged for Second World War veterans from Kyrgyzstan to visit the Manas Transit Centre, in commemoration of the sacrifice of all nations during the conflict. 

The association, also known as Generals for Peace, is made up of 22 generals from countries including Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, and France, as well as an international network of honorary members. 

For more information about IGA, telephone +996 (312) 90-1200 / 39-23-42; or +996 (557) 388-388, visit or email   

Caption:   Amangeldy Muraliyev (left), honorary member of IGA and ex-Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, presents a Certificate of an Honorary Member of the Generals for Peace association to Marat Akhmedjanov (right), Silk Road Media publisher (