The Kyrgyz are descendants of tribes from the Tuvan region of Russia, which migrated to the area now known as Kyrgyzstan in the 13th century, during the rise of the Mongol empire.In 1876 the area was incorporated into the Russian empire and later the Soviet Union.Following the creation of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan changed dramatically as industrialization took over and brought factories, mines, and universities.The Soviet influence on Kyrgyzstan was strongly felt and many of the pre-Soviet traditions and cultures were lost and are only being recently rediscovered.The ancient Scyths inhabited much of present day Kyrgyzstan.With their disappearance the Kyrgyz people moved from Siberia.
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Landlocked and mountainous, it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast.
With the tsarist annexation came numerous Slavic immigrants that displaced many of the Kyrgyz and planted crops on their pasture lands.
During World War I, many Kyrgyz refused to support the tsarist troops and many were massacred.
Annexed by Russia in 1876, it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more progressive post-Soviet governments in the region.