Politics 18 June 2010 The Chartist: superpower struggle Kyrgyzstan occupies a unique position between the US and Russia. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Kyrgyzstan, once part of the Soviet Union, is the only country that is home to both US and Russian airbases, an arrangement that hasn't always been tension-free. As riots erupted last week, hundreds of thousands of people fled the country and the government turned to Russia for military aid. Russia supplied a small number of troops -- but only to protect its own base. Meanwhile, the US supports Kyrgyzstan -- but through financial assistance rather than arms. Graphic by Jez Burrows. › “Black Swan” author adores David Cameron Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Douglas Carswell leaves Ukip to become independent MP Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn't mean there's no sexism in Labour Why isn't Labour putting forward Corbynite candidates?