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Central Asia news: Politics

Uzbek government Vice President – Rustam Azimov: successor or scape goat?

Uzbek government Vice President – Rustam Azimov: successor or scape goat?

12.12.2012 13:50 msk Politics Uzbekistan

It seems that nobody actually believes that free and fair elections will ever take place in Central Asia. On the other hand, it is still totally unclear, how the power change will happen in some of the authoritarian countries. Will Nazarbayev, Karimov and Rahmon, who have been ruling for twenty and more years, rule until their last days, like Niyazov-Turkmenbashi? Or will they prefer to choose a handover mechanism of their privatized post to a trusted person while they are still living, like the Yeltsin-Putin scenario of 1999?

Kyrgyzstan: There will be no Revolution-3 or The opposition’s voluntary fiasco

Kyrgyzstan: There will be no Revolution-3 or The opposition’s voluntary fiasco

04.10.2012 20:17 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

The events that took place by the walls of the Kyrgyz White House yesterday cannot possibly called a «storming» or a violent effort to capture power. They can rather be called a «hurdle race» or, at most, «hooliganism with resistance to police workers». The third of October will never go into the history books, like the March or April dates of 2005 and 2010. It is best to see how the events unfolded on the video made by Bishkek journalists. The leader of the opposition party Ata Jurt Kambichek Tashiyev, who led the «attack» on the parliament building and presidential administration and his supporters (around twenty people) were unarmed. Meeting hardly any resistance, they went over the fence and were detained by the police and soldiers. Not a single OMON agent suffered. Tashiyev «damaged the third upper part of the hip» (to put it crudely, his behind), and some more people got light injuries. Incidentally, they all declined medical services afterwards.

Kazakhstan: Court case against opposition continues

Kazakhstan: Court case against opposition continues

06.09.2012 22:12 msk Politics Kazakhstan

The court case against Vladimir Kozlov, Serik Sapargali and Akjanat Aminov, which has been ongoing for more than 20 days in Aktau, can already be rightfully called Kazakhstan’s first big political court case. The accused are the leader of the opposition unregistered party Alta! and two social activists. Andrei Grishin, journalist from Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, writes for Fergana.ru.

Kazakh opposition speakers jailed for rally

29.01.2012 23:35 msk Politics Russia

Security forces speak of illegal network of extremist organizations in place in the Central Asia

09.12.2011 20:56 msk Politics Central Asia

Special security services of the CIS-member states acknowledge the presence of extremist organizations within the Central Asia. «We have to acknowledge the existence of illegal extremist organizations, active in the countries of Central Asia. Recent events in the north and south of Kazakhstan, as well as in the Rasht valley of Tajikistan have shown evidence of extremists’ intrusion from outside and creation of organized groups within the countries of Central Asia”, said Moldiyar Orozaliev, deputy chairman of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, during consultations between representatives of security services and practical units combating terrorisms and extremism in the CIS-member states within the Central Asian region, held in Bishkek on the 9th of December.

Almazbek Atambaev inaugurated as the president of Kyrgyzstan

Almazbek Atambaev inaugurated as the president of Kyrgyzstan

01.12.2011 13:20 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

In 2011, for the first time in the history of independent Kyrgyzstan, presidency has been peacefully transferred from one president to another with inauguration of Almazbek Atambaev in Bishkek on the 1st of December. The two of his predecessors, Askar Akaev and Kurmanbek Bakiev were overthrown as a result of two revolutions in 2005 and 2010. Only Roza Otunbayeva (who was appointed as the transitional president in 2010) has been able to give up the power in a peaceful and voluntary way. Under the new Constitution, the new president has been elected for a single term of 6 years with no chance of re-election. The inauguration ceremony has been attended by the presidents Abdullah Gul (Turkey) and Mikheil Saakashvili (Georgia), along with prime-ministers of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan. China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Belarus have also sent their high level delegations, led by speakers and vice-speakers of the national parliaments. Other guests of honor included representatives of CSTO, SCO, OSCE, EuraSEC, CIS executive committee, Council for cooperation of Turkic speaking countries, EC, etc. The ceremony budget has not exceeded 10 million som (or $217.000), less than half of what was spent for inauguration ceremony of Kurmanbek Bakiev in 2009.

Pakistan: No more "business as usual" with United States

29.11.2011 22:24 msk Politics Pakistan


 

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani talks to CNN's Reza Sayah about the strained relationship with the U.S.

Russia-Tajikistan: Symmetrical Disgrace

Russia-Tajikistan: Symmetrical Disgrace

15.11.2011 12:34 msk Politics Russia

The original causes of this story are vague. They say that Tajikistan’s special service was keen to lay hands on the very valuable Russian aircrafts that recently worked for the country’s ministry of defense. Planes are pretty good: they can fly when cold and when hot, and can easily land amid a cotton field. On the other hand, the authorities of that highland republic are pretty good at raider practices, as readily confessed by Tajikistan’s businessmen. There is an alternative version, saying that an unrighteous trial over the Russian pilots has been an act of vengeance for conviction of Rustam Khukumov over a drug possession charges (the man is a son to the director of Tajikistan’s railroad Amonullo Khukumov who, in his turn, happens to be the father in law for the president’s daughter…

In courting Uzbekistan, the United States stoops too low

In courting Uzbekistan, the United States stoops too low

09.11.2011 12:52 msk Politics Uzbekistan

At an October 22 briefing designed to tout the enhanced relationship between the United States and Uzbekistan ahead of the first visit to the Central Asian country by a U.S. secretary of state in seven years, a senior State Department official was asked whether this strategic partner was still boiling people alive. The fact that this question needed to be asked is a worrisome sign for U.S. moral authority. The Uzbek regime’s use of boiling and other torture techniques has been well documented, and it is hardly a “thing of the past,” as the State Department official asserted at the briefing. The State Department’s own human rights report on Uzbekistan for 2010 noted that “torture and abuse were common” and cited allegations involving a range of sadistic methods: “Guards routinely raped the prisoners with a club, subjected prisoners to enemas with red pepper solutions, and beat their heels until they bled.”

High level experts meeting on Afghanistan upcoming in Dubai

High level experts meeting on Afghanistan upcoming in Dubai

04.11.2011 14:16 msk Politics Afghanistan

An international experts’ meeting to take place in Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates on November 8-9, 2011: “Afghanistan in 2001-2011: towards sustainable state and society”. This event has been organized by: “Ariana” Afghan center (Almaty, Kazakhstan), “Politkontakt” Center for political technologies (Moscow, Russia), the Afghanistan and regional studies center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Uzbekistan: Famous Opposition Figure Aims to Make President Step Down Peacefully

31.05.2011 01:26 msk Politics Uzbekistan

On May 23-24, the newly formed People’s Movement of Uzbekistan opposition group, formed on the basis of the “May 13 Union,” had it first meeting in Berlin. The first day of the kurultai (traditional people’s gathering) congress was devoted to organizational issues, such as adoption of the movement’s charter and program. Renowned opposition figure Muhammad Salih, leader of Erk political group who was sentenced to 15 ½ years in jail in his home country, was named president of the assembly of founders.

Kyrgyzstan: Uzbek Community Leaders All Accused of Separatism

Kyrgyzstan: Uzbek Community Leaders All Accused of Separatism

27.04.2011 15:57 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Jalal-Abad provincial prosecutor’s office has concluded its criminal investigation against Uzbek community leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan; namely Kadyrzhan Batyrov, Inom Abdurasulov, Abdrakhman Abdullayev, Makhamatrasul Abakzhanov, Khalilzhan Khudayberdiyev and Khavlon Mirzakhodzhaev. The file has now been handed to the courts and the trial will be chaired by Sulaiman Attakulov starting from April 29 in Jalal-Abad city court. Batyrov is currently located overseas, it is believed in Ukraine. The remaining Uzbek leaders and “separatists” are also outside Kyrgyzstan. So it is that the trials will take place without the defendants present and the sentences will also be handed down in absentia.

Behind the scenes of Russia’s deportations

Behind the scenes of Russia’s deportations

24.03.2011 16:45 msk Politics Russia

When the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Luke Harding was deported from Russia last month, his editor called it “a bad omen” for press freedoms, describing it as the first such case since the end of the cold war. Yet, as many observers have pointed out, Harding merely joined a long list of foreigners who have found themselves on the Kremlin’s bad side. An omen this was not - the ban system for journalists and human rights defenders in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is very much a thing of the present.

Uzbek Mass Media Ignore, Alter ME Events

Uzbek Mass Media Ignore, Alter ME Events

08.02.2011 10:01 msk Politics Uzbekistan

The Uzbek mass media outlets traditionally leave unattended mass protests, demonstrations, velvet and not velvet revolutions in various countries. Uzbek mass media let go unnoticed not only several “color” revolutions in far and away Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine, but also the two coups in neighboring Kyrgyzstan which ousted two presidents. Uzbek media did not believe in the existence of demonstrations in Tibet or Eastern Turkestan and uprisings in Burma violently suppressed by the ruling junta. And only private radio stations on FM waves shed some light on these events whereas several other newspapers provided a limited space in their World Affairs pages.

Kazakhstan: Nursultan Nazarbayev to follow the way of German Fuhrer?

Kazakhstan: Nursultan Nazarbayev to follow the way of German Fuhrer?

19.01.2011 14:48 msk Politics Kazakhstan

Permanent cultivation of paternalistic type of mind, exploitation of belief into holiness, special selectness, heroism and unreachable perfection of national leader, possessing unrivaled charisma, rapidly separate Kazakhstani people from genuine democracy, says Azhdar Kurtov, the chief editor of Problems of national strategy (Russian magazine). Today, Kazakh president is real "superpatron", sharing political favoritism to all others. In the opinion of expert, today’s Nazarbayev more and more looks like not the leader of democratic republic but Adolf Hitler in mid 1930s – President, Reichschancellor and the party leader at the same time.

Kyrgyzstan: Who is who? The deputies

Kyrgyzstan: Who is who? The deputies "modeled" the Cabinet Council

24.12.2010 10:11 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

New government of Kyrgyzstan just started working, but it is already being criticized. The problem is in the personalities, they do not inspire confidence. Some names personify the insult over weak belief in the prosperous future of the state. MK-Asia newspaper takes a closer look at new ministers.

New political party is being established in Uzbekistan

New political party is being established in Uzbekistan

02.12.2010 15:59 msk Politics Uzbekistan

The session on establishing Interesy Naroda (People’s interests), new political party, took place in Uzbekistan. The detailed political platform has not been designed yet; in the opinion of the founders, the priority is to start and gain the ideas later on. Most likely, the authorities will find a reason not to register it. However, the attempt to establish political party deserves attention because, considering absolutely stagnant political life in Uzbekistan, it is clear that people understand that many things go wrong in the republic and there is a will to change something.

Kyrgyzstan: Over the precipice of parliamentarism in deception

Kyrgyzstan: Over the precipice of parliamentarism in deception

31.10.2010 23:36 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

The struggle of Kyrgyz clans’ leaders for individual rule in the republic is not only not ending, but also picking up the stream, says Sergey Arbenin, Bishkek-based observer of Ferghana.Ru. Today, this fight is legalized and protected by deputy’s mandate. Another revision of recently adopted Constitution, promised by at least two of tomorrow’s parliamentary parties, is only the cover for those who want the power – the preparation for final battle.

Visions and demons in Kyrgyzstan

09.10.2010 12:04 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

When President Obama met with his Kyrgyz counterpart at the White House recently, talks were about something far greater than the upcoming elections. While Kyrgyzstan embarks on a radical democratic path that could change the face of Central Asian politics, personal demons may still push it toward failure, ultimately strengthening authoritarian rule in the region.

No choice elections: Twin brothers at the party scene of Kyrgyzstan

No choice elections: Twin brothers at the party scene of Kyrgyzstan

08.09.2010 17:18 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Despite the abundance of political parties and mess in people’s minds the situation with upcoming elections in Kyrgyzstan is quite simple, says Sergey Arbenin, the Bishkek-based observer of Ferghana.Ru. Briefly outlining who is who, our expert makes the diagnosis on parliamentary marathon. In his opinion, the elections will take place in Kyrgyzstan, but there will be no choice. There will be total game, dedicated to election institutes and substitution of notions of parliament, electorate, civil society…In this unpromising article we start the cycle of round-up articles, directly dedicated to the elections in Kyrgyzstan.

The biggest globe in Uzbekistan was solemnly presented in Bukhara

The biggest globe in Uzbekistan was solemnly presented in Bukhara

07.09.2010 12:28 msk Politics Uzbekistan

On August 30 Uzbek President Islam Karimov visited Bukhara, where he solemnly presented Ancient and Eternal Bukhara monument, erected on his own initiative. 18-meter high embodiment of president’s creative idea is the massive plinth with the powered globe on top – magnified copy of the globe, located in Tashkent at the Independence square. The globe traditionally has only one object - the continent of Eurasia size shifted towards the equator and with recognizable lines. The Bukhara "globe of Uzbekistan" outranked the Tashkent globe – the vivid insubordination…

Uzbekistan: The employees of National Television and Radio Company sharply criticized the management

Uzbekistan: The employees of National Television and Radio Company sharply criticized the management

28.08.2010 15:53 msk Politics Uzbekistan

The unprecedented accident took place at the state television of Uzbekistan. The observer of Vremya television program Saodat Omonova and correspondent Malokhat Eshonkulov publicly said that television programs were strictly censored, the corruption and localism were flourishing among the management team, while the state funds, allocated for the development of television, were mainly appropriated. In response the management said there was no censorship at the TV channel. The local civil activists and human rights defenders are affirmed that "rebels" are right and they want to help them publicize these issues.

Roza Otunbaeva: The interim president in emergency

Roza Otunbaeva: The interim president in emergency

20.05.2010 14:03 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

On May 19, 2010 the chairman of interim government of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbaeva was appointed the President of the republic. The reason of non-election and single source appointment of Roza Otunbaeva reflects the total despair. The newly born country utterly needs legitimacy and head of the state, albeit temporary. For the first time (also considering unique circumstances) a woman is leading the Central Asian state.

The story of polygamist Bakiev

The story of polygamist Bakiev

30.04.2010 17:11 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Allegedly, the representatives of international organizations, mediating the "escape" process of former president of Kyrgyzstan, were a little confused when they saw young woman and two kids leaving. Later on it was identified this was third wife of Kurmanbek Bakiev, his young daughter and son. Today, the human rights advocates of Kyrgyzstan ask the law enforcement bodies to accuse ex-president in polygamy and bring him to trial. From gender point of view, Bakiev’s administration failed at the very beginning, says Sanobar Shermatova, the Ferghana.Ru observers and the member of RIA Novosti board of experts.

Stopping prohibited. More challenges are still to come

Stopping prohibited. More challenges are still to come

13.04.2010 09:19 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Who are new leaders of post-revolutionary Kyrgyzstan? Who will take over key position in the government? Who is going to manage the marginalized population? Are the power transfer procedures going to be legitimate? Who will represent the republic in the international community? Today, everyone is concerned with these questions. We are not giving certain answers. Our Bishkek-based correspondent provided the portrait sketch of new government and general situation in Kyrgyzstan.

Not a victory day. Brief conclusions of the second revolution day in Kyrgyzstan

Not a victory day. Brief conclusions of the second revolution day in Kyrgyzstan

08.04.2010 09:23 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

The second day of another Kyrgyz revolution is over. Ferghana.Ru gives the summary of the day we would not rush to name as the victory: people are killed and injured, the aggressive and drunk people are walking around the cities, private houses and shops are being looted. The opposition forces seized the power and immediately started portfolio distribution. President Bakiev disappeared. The south of the republic is waiting for continuation. Nothing is over yet.

Black Tuesday in Talas. What will happen next?

Black Tuesday in Talas. What will happen next?

07.04.2010 10:08 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

April 6, 2010 is listed in the history of independent Kyrgyzstan as the day of desperate protest actions against current regime. The opposition between people and officials, initiated in the western city of Talas, turned into clashes with police and task forces. The government responded immediately, detaining the opposition leaders, directly and indirectly involved in the Talas events, throughout the republic. The civil disturbance may reach all other regions of the republic and Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan: Who sponsors the murder of dissidents?

02.02.2010 16:33 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Бакыт Бешимов
Kazakhstani investigators revealed the track of Kyrgyz special services in the murder of journalist Gennadiy Pavlyuk. Considering the nature of today’s ruling regime, there is nothing new here. The persecution of believers in the southern part of the republic, the Nookat events, the murders and assaults against politicians, journalists, public figure, the conflicts in the Petrovka village and the Balykchi events prove that current regime, its characteristics and application are the major source of troubles.

Kyrgyzstan: Who will take the Bishkek house of Askar Akaev?

Kyrgyzstan: Who will take the Bishkek house of Askar Akaev?

24.11.2009 15:02 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

On November 18, 2009 the General Prosecutor of Kyrgyzstan Elmurza Satybaldiev informed at press-conference that no criminal or administrative cases were filed against former president of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akaev and there were no obstacles for his return to Kyrgyzstan. "The law on ex-president’s immunity has not been cancelled yet", the Public Prosecutor noted. This sensational news became the answer for the question of Ferghana.Ru correspondent. On November 16 Askar Akaev called our office and shared that his "modest double-deck house with 200 square meters of usable area" was intruded by the officers of special services, Prosecutor’s office and law enforcement bodies that gave one day to take all personal belongings and free the house.

The US government is not planning to resume military cooperation with Uzbekistan

The US government is not planning to resume military cooperation with Uzbekistan

23.11.2009 12:53 msk Politics Uzbekistan

On November 20 Tashkent hosted the meeting of US assistant deputy Secretary of State on South and Central Asia George Kroll with Uzbek and foreign journalists. The press-conference covered such issues as US military presence in Uzbekistan, regulation of situation in Afghanistan, human rights and return of western mass media back to Uzbekistan.

Andrei Zatoka's Long and Winding Road to Russia?

Andrei Zatoka's Long and Winding Road to Russia?

11.11.2009 14:29 msk Politics Turkmenistan

His harrying experience in Turkmenistan over, Russian environmentalist Andrei Zatoka is back in Moscow. A trial in Dashoguz the other day had sentenced him to five years imprisonment. The verdict sparked an international campaign in the environmentalist's defense. Human rights activists, environmentalists, and finally the Russian authorities raised their voice. Another hasty trial voided the previous verdict and sentenced Zatoka to a fine. Following that, this citizen of Russia was essentially expelled from Turkmenistan. Here is the first interview with Zatoka and his wife Yevgenia on their return to Moscow.

Inevitable family rule in Kyrgyzstan

Inevitable family rule in Kyrgyzstan

06.11.2009 17:55 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Another person with the last name of Bakiev joined the government in Kyrgyzstan. 32-year old Maxim started the preparation of his plan three years ago. Today, thanks to the state management reforms, proclaimed by his father, he became the official of Prime-Minister level. Ferghana.Ru believes that even if Kurmanbek Bakiev does not implement classic power transition to his son in any case Bakiev’s clan will ensure the control over key industries in Kyrgyzstan.

Opposition activist against his will. Businessman Bahodir Choriyev's story

Opposition activist against his will. Businessman Bahodir Choriyev's story

21.10.2009 12:49 msk Politics Uzbekistan

Businessman and opposition activist Bahodir Choriyev returned from the United States to Uzbekistan to fight the regime. Choriyev was spared the indignity of arrest on deplaning. He was thoroughly searched instead, advised to forget about ever leaving Uzbekistan again or even about visiting Tashkent, and told to settle in a small cottage in the Kamashi district wastelands far from nearby dwellings. Here is a story of Choriyev told by Sanobar Shermatova, RIA news agency expert, a story of how the Uzbek regime makes enemies.

Tashkent's jubilee. It happens once every 2,200 years

Tashkent's jubilee. It happens once every 2,200 years

17.09.2009 16:40 msk Politics Uzbekistan

Celebration of the Independence Day is always the central event of the year in Uzbekistan. Official media outlets boast of unprecedented successes and achievements a whole month before the festivities. Security structures and law enforcement agencies (Border Service, Interior Ministry, and National Security Services) go to a higher alert status. Completion of construction of some flamboyant object in Tashkent is reported (ahead of schedule, of course). Budget sphere employees, retirees, and businessmen find their wages and pensions on bank accounts mysteriously unavailable. This year, the powers-that-be decided to combine the Independence Day with celebration of the 2,200th anniversary of Tashkent.

The president of Tajikistan is preparing the successor

The president of Tajikistan is preparing the successor

12.08.2009 16:15 msk Politics Tajikistan

22-year old Rustami Emomali, the son of Emomali Rakhmon, attended the meeting of Presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia that took place in Dushanbe at the end of July. Many view this as the sign that the President of Tajikistan treats his son as the successor, and it would be better to say, as prince Royal because in Tajikistan Rakhmon is addressed "your highness" both on TV and almost officially. Ferghana.Ru correspondent learned the opinion of politicians to the presidential dynasty, emerging in Tajikistan.

The winner is known, but the opponents still struggle

The winner is known, but the opponents still struggle

20.07.2009 19:16 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Since the last two weeks the political struggle for the presidential chair in Kyrgyzstan has intensified significantly. All the candidates "moved" from the capital to the regions. The candidates intensified the propaganda, facing threats, insult, spoiling even evil eye. Ferghana.Ru continues the monitoring of election campaign in the republic.

The last of the allies

The last of the allies

14.07.2009 16:05 msk Politics Tajikistan

The circumstances of the death of former Emergency Control Ministry, the General-Lieutenant Mirzo Zieev are not clear. According to the official statement, he was planning to take over the power in Tavildara, but soon joined the governmental forces and later on was killed by his comrades. The opposition sources affirm that Zieev was called by the ruling regime for negotiations and was shot by governmental troops. What is the implication of the death of important opposition leader who has done so much to strengthen the power of the President Rakhmon?

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Uzbekistan: "Rabble-rousers" are not welcome in the Parliament

08.07.2009 17:15 msk Politics Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan started the preparation for the elections to Oliy Mazhlis (parliament) and local Kengash (councils) of deputies, scheduled to December of 2009. In May the Central Election Committee of Uzbekistan organized the seminar on preparation and organization of upcoming elections. The seminar attendants developed "The election preparation and organization concept" as well as the pre-election events program. The parliamentary election conditions do not assume the participation of candidates, nominated by initiative groups.

Modern election campaigning and propaganda in Kyrgyzstan

Modern election campaigning and propaganda in Kyrgyzstan

29.06.2009 11:56 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Less than a month prior to presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan Ferghana.Ru correspondent walked through the streets of Bishkek to learn how the presidential candidates run their campaign and convince the voters that "they are the best". He was not able to see the portrait of most probable winner – the current leader of the nation. However, he could see the posters with a single word "Bakiev" everywhere. The rest candidates have to use posts, where the posters are being removed, or graffiti as the instrument of advertising.

Russia: SCO Summit Promises to be "Afghani"

15.06.2009 11:36 msk Politics Russia

The heads of states comprising the Shanghai Cooperation Organization converge on Yekaterinburg for another, two-day, summit. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are coming from Moscow where they attended a meeting of the CIS Collective Security Council, yesterday. Chairman Hu Jintao is expected from Beijing. When the summit is over, Jintao will make a visit to Moscow, too.

Kyrgyzstan: The opposition forces demand the resignation of Kurmanbek Bakiev

Kyrgyzstan: The opposition forces demand the resignation of Kurmanbek Bakiev

27.03.2009 19:06 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

On March 27 the protest demonstrations, organized by united opposition movement, took place in the number of regions of Kyrgyzstan with the demand of early resignation of the President Kurmanbek Bakiev. The event has been arranged by United People’s Movement (UPM) that represents the alliance of all influential opposition structures under the mission of demanding the early resignation of Kurmanbek Bakiev. At 3pm, Bishkek time (11 am Moscow time), the demonstration in the capital of Kyrgyzstan was concluded by adoption of the resolution, consisting of five points: the President Bakiev should voluntarily resign early and he should not run in the presidential elections; the political persecution of the ruling regime opponents should be stopped; to form the body of the election committees at all levels (for upcoming presidential elections) and include the opposition movement representative at least 50x50 portion; to nominate opposition movement representatives in the board of directors of NTRC and ElTR state-owned television and radio companies; to dismiss the heads of all security ministries and to appoint new people, approved by the united opposition.

Kyrgyzstan: Internal Affairs Ministry Head to take personal control over the assault of Reporter journalist

Kyrgyzstan: Internal Affairs Ministry Head to take personal control over the assault of Reporter journalist

04.03.2009 14:28 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Syrgak Abdyldaev, the political observer of Reporter Bishkek newspaper was assaulted on March 3 at about 7pm. Unknown people attacked the journalist near the office of Reporter Bishkek newspaper and inflicted about 30 knife wounds to 47 year old Abdyldaev. Moreover, the open fracture of both hands, multiple bruises became the result of the attack against journalist. Mr. Abdyldaev was delivered to 4th city hospital of Bishkek in grave condition. It is worth saying that the health condition of the journalist is also affected by the fact that he served in Afghanistan, where he was badly wounded.

Uzbek oppositionist travels USA to find associates

Uzbek oppositionist travels USA to find associates

11.02.2009 09:55 msk Politics Uzbekistan

To find associates this man travelled all over the United States of America and bordering cities of Canada by his truck. Once locals find this man is an immigrant from Uzbekistan they bombard him with questions about his country. He is happy with that because the more people know about life and traditions in Uzbekistan the more will wish to visit Oriental pearls – Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. What are the reasons of this man’s immigration to USA and what is he striving for by his marathon? Bakhodir Choriyev, also known as a leader of the oppositional Birdamlik (Solidarity) movement of Uzbekistan, tells his story to Ferghana.Ru.

Kyrgyzstan: Is President Kurmanbek Bakiyev trading the US Army for Russian dollars?

Kyrgyzstan: Is President Kurmanbek Bakiyev trading the US Army for Russian dollars?

12.01.2009 09:35 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

According to the Moscow-based newspaper Vremya Novostei, the Kyrgyz leadership intends to officially cancel the agreement with the United States concerning Gansi AF Base on the territory of Manas (airport of the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek). Observer Arkady Dubnov emphasizes that "authoritative sources in Bishkek say that President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev will sign the decree on the eve of his visit to Moscow scheduled for later this week." The idea is to have the Americans withdraw within six months.

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal charges to be fabricated against the opposition

16.12.2008 13:43 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

On December 15, the Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office officially launched an investigation into the alleged theft of state funds from the Finance Ministry when it had been headed by Alikbek Jekshenkulov, one of the leaders of the Movement for Fairness nowadays. Offices of opposition parties and movements were searched. Experts believe that a major campaign against the opposition is under way.

Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev Announced his Anti-Corruption Plan

Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev Announced his Anti-Corruption Plan

08.11.2008 15:58 msk Politics Kazakhstan

On November 6 the ruling Nur Otan party held an anti-corruption forum in Astana. As corruption poses serious challenges to this post-Soviet state, its officials are likely to be concerned with it rather on personal level than formal one. Making what it appeared like a policy speech addressed to all government workers in Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbaev displayed not only his anti-corruption zeal but also taught Kazakh officials how to behave properly in public. Officials, he said, must become role models of justice and modesty.

Turkmen President Tightens Grip on Power with New Constitution

Turkmen President Tightens Grip on Power with New Constitution

12.09.2008 16:59 msk Politics Turkmenistan

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s administration has been building the image of a liberalizing state after the death of his totalitarian predecessor for two years. The forthcoming new Constitution, already proclaimed as a stronghold of the Turkmen renaissance, promises to eliminate redundant elements in the state apparatus, but does not promote a full-fledged democracy, analysts say.

Kyrgyzstan: Energy Crisis Challenges Bakiev’s Presidency

10.09.2008 15:02 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Deep dissatisfaction brews among the Kyrgyz population as power cuts have been introduced throughout the country. Although President Bakiev hastened to reassure that heat and electricity supply will not be interrupted this winter, local observers say there are few mechanisms to make it possible, which seriously challenges Bakiev’s leadership. Drought and low reservoir levels left impoverished Kyrgyzstan without ability to produce energy from hydropower stations this year. In order to save water for winter the government had to introduce electricity cuts, which last up to eight hours in capital Bishkek.

Ferghana.ru Remembers Alisher Saipov on His Birthday

04.09.2008 12:58 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

Алишер Саипов
Alisher Saipov, our colleague and prominent journalist from Kyrgyzstan, would be 27 on September 4, 2008. However, this brave and extremely talented young man did not live to see this day.

On October 24 Alisher was shot down by a killer on the street of his home town Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Alisher's friends and colleagues firmly believe young journalist was silenced because of his outspoken reporting.

Kyrgyz Rights Activists Support Georgia’s Withdrawal from CIS

14.08.2008 09:32 msk Politics Central Asia

Kyrgyz human rights activists and some opposition figures support Georgia’s decision to withdraw from the union of former Soviet states, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Human rights organization Citizens against Corruption headed by Tolekan Ismailova released a statement on August 13 saying the organization “supports historical decision of the Georgian government and people to leave CIS. We support Georgia’s political development and true value of human rights and freedoms.”

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