The international mailing list for Bishkek

Do you want to stay up-to-date about the latest events in Bishkek and network with the international community in Kyrgyzstan’s capital?

Then you should subscribe to our free mailing list!

Our list is used to promote and organize events, ask or offer help or communicate with the international community in general.

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The list is moderated to avoid spamming and apart from our monthly newsletter, commercial information is forwarded strictly on a ‘interesting for our subscribers’ basis. The list is target at the english speaking crowd, both foreigners and kyrgyzstani. Only subscribers of the list are allowed to post.


Richard Heider Avatar The list is organized and moderated by Richard Heider in his private time. He is Director of Operations and Marketing at the Sierra Group.


The German expat community has been maintaining an active list for many years. Lately the number of internationals posting to this list in english showed that there is a need for a list to target the english speaking international community in Kyrgyzstan. Therefore in April 2014 this list was forked off the German mailing list.





  • Currently (2018-03-11) there are 1093 subscribers on the list.
  • In a typical week there are approx. 20 emails on the list.








Our List uses the Sympa Software

Sympa User’s Guide

SYMPA is an electronic mailing-list manager that automates list management
functions such as subscriptions, moderation, and archive management.

All commands must be sent to the electronic address

You can put multiple commands in a message. These commands must appear in the
message body and each line must contain only one command.

Available commands are:

HELp                                 * This help file
INFO 	<list>                      * Information about a list
LISts                                     * Directory of lists managed on this node
REView 	<list>                      * Displays the subscribers to 	<list>
WHICH                                     * Displays which lists you are subscribed to
SUBscribe 	<list> <name>     * To subscribe or to confirm a subscription to

UNSubscribe 	<list> <email>* To quit 	<list>. <email> is an optional email
                                      address, useful if different from your
                                      "From:" address.
UNSubscribe * <email>           * To quit all lists.

SET 	<list>|* NOMAIL         * To suspend the message reception for 	<list>
SET 	<list>|* DIGEST         * Message reception in compilation mode
SET 	<list|*> DIGESTPLAIN    * Message reception in compilation mode, sent as
                                      a plain text email with all attachments
SET 	<list>|* SUMMARY        * Receiving the message index only
SET 	<list>|* NOTICE         * Receiving message subject only
SET 	<list>|* MAIL           * 	<list> reception in normal mode
SET 	<list>|* CONCEAL        * To become unlisted (hidden subscriber address)
SET 	<list>|* NOCONCEAL      * Subscriber address visible via REView

INDex 	<list>                  * 	<list> archive file list
GET 	<list> <file>           * To get <file> of 	<list> archive
LAST 	<list>                * Used to received the last message from 	<list>
INVITE 	<list> <email>       * Invite <email> for subscription in 	<list>
CONFIRM <key>                  * Confirmation for sending a message (depending
                                      on the list configuration)
QUIT                              * Indicates the end of the commands (to ignore a

What do people usually post?

Here are a few examples of typical posts:

“An apartment for rent in the quiet city centre. Situated on xxx Street. Total area is about 60 square meters. Floor 2 (2/5). Next to “yyy” shop. The apartment is just after repair and has all modern facilities (convenience). New furniture, new facilities materials, air conditioner, water heater. Cable television. Rent cost is USD $$$ per month, + payment for utilities.”

Local flat owners

“We will be selling our [CAR]: $$.$$$ USD. Please contact: #### ###### or if interested. Further details and pictures are available in the attachment.”

“We are leaving Bishkek at the end of [MONTH]. See some items for sale in the attached. Don’t hesitate to contact me for additional details and know that best offers are also accepted!”

People leaving

“This week: NAME OF EVENT

opening festival and exposition

It will start at 20.00.

In Programm: concert with participation of Kyrgyz and international musicians; documental films and audio video installation…”

Event organizers

Latest infos

How can friends join the list?

How to join To join the mailing list is easy - Just send an email to - this is the email address of the list server software. Put only this in the subject line: subscribe international Leave the rest of the email empty, e.g. no...

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How to reduce you message load from

Here is how to control the topics and frequency of the emails send to you by the mailing list server running the Sympa software. Select specific topics or choose to receive digest emails from

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