Apparently the Eternal Flame at Bishkek's Victory Square went out yesterday because the bill for the gas hadn't been paid in several years. I was surprised to read that since I was there for a long time this afternoon and the flame was burning.
It's ironic that by the time the story hit the newspapers in the West, the flame was lit again. Maybe one of them will mention that, but I suspect it's easier to make jokes about Kyrgyzstan not being able to pay the gas bill instead.
It's a very nice memorial; there have been many people there recently working on the landscaping. Today they were planting petunias.