It looks like we're starting all over again. We cannot lean on previous licenses under the old regime since there is a popular perception that the old regime ran the country as a "family business" and sold off national assets at  "fire sale" prices.  True or not, perception is what it is. So, let's start all over again!  I'm still holding long because I think we have a very good case for being a responsible and profitable partner. Kyrgyzstan could prosper well with us.  But the forces and factions in Kyrgyzstan may be more focused on their gigantic decision regarding affiliation with either China or Russia. We may be playing third fiddle to these other two big contenders. Our mine might be a chip in that big poker game of affiliation.  (See Kettl's article a few posts back about the split in the road that Kyrgyzstan faces about Russia or China).