Fall of Kyrgyz dictator upsets Georgian colleague


This video says about itself:

Maksim Bakiyev – most wanted in Kyrgyzstan

Maksim Bakiyev is the second son of the former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. He was born in 1977.

From the Georgian International Media Center:

Ouster of Kyrgyz autocrat appears to have upset Saakashvili

April 9, 2010 by georgiamedia

Mikheil Saakashvili appears to believe that the events in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, where a popular uprising following the detention of opposition politicians has seen autocratic president Kurmanbek Bakiyev flee the city, were being manipulated by Russia.

Bakiyev came to power through the so-called “Tulip Revolution” in 2005: a so-called “colour revolution” that was at least partly engineered through Georgian help, with Givi Targamadze, an MP from Georgia‘s ruling party, on hand to offer advice to the revolutionaries.

Saakashvili’s chief spindoctor, Manana Manjgaladze, yesterday, reports Civil.ge, said: “Despite denials, according to the information available for us, it is absolutely obvious that Russia is roughly interfering with Kyrgyzstan‘s internal affairs and is trying to play geopolitical games at the expense of the Kyrgyz people.”

Reports from Kyrgyzstan remain confused and it is not clear if the provisional government formed in Bishkek – under former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva – has any real power beyond the city.

Barack Obama’s administration have rejected the idea that Otunbayeva is a Russian stooge, however: “The people that are allegedly running Kyrgyzstan – and I’m emphasising that word because it’s not clear exactly who’s in charge right now – these are all people we’ve had contact with for many years. This is not some anti-American coup. That we know for sure. And this is not a sponsored-by-the-Russian coup. I’ve heard some reports of that. There’s just no evidence of that as yet,” said White House advisor Michael McFaul.

The revolt came after unpopular price rises were matched by the seizure of opposition, social democratic, activists.

Kyrgyzstan‘s new government has confirmed that it will renationalise strategically important firms and cancel deeply unpopular utility rate increases.

Kyrgyzstan’s interim government hosted a state funeral today to commemorate those killed in protests earlier this week: here.

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  1. U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan diverts passenger flights

    Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:26am IST

    BISHKEK (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Friday reversed a decision to resume normal operations at its base in Kyrgyzstan, diverting all military passenger flights elsewhere and restricting cargo flights, officials said.

    The fate of Manas air base, a central cog in the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, has been in question since an uprising on Wednesday that forced the president to flee the capital, Bishkek.

    The new Kyrgyz leadership has said it might shorten the U.S. lease on the base.

    Earlier on Friday, Manas spokesman Major Rickardo Bodden told Reuters the base was again operating normally. But the U.S. military’s Central Command, which oversees the base, said later in the day that all military passenger flights had been suspended and cargo flights were not guaranteed.

    It did not explain its decision.

    “While normal flight operations at Manas were resumed on Friday afternoon, the decision was made Friday evening to temporarily divert military passenger transport flights,” a Central Command spokesman said.

    “Decisions on conducting other, non-passenger-related, flight operations from the base will be made on a case-by-case basis.”

    A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was a security-related decision made by the base commander on the ground at Manas.

    Personnel at Manas have not been allowed to leave the base since deadly clashes erupted on Wednesday.

    Pentagon officials say Manas is key to the war effort against the Taliban, allowing round-the-clock flights in and out of neighboring Afghanistan with about 50,000 troops passing through the base last month alone.

    The fate of the base is being watched closely for signs of whether the new government will foster closer ties to the United States or Russia, which considers Kyrgyzstan part of its sphere of influence.

    A senior Russian official on Thursday called for the Manas base to be closed.

    Still, the uprising may simply lead to fresh haggling over the air base, which has provided a lucrative source of income to Kyrgyzstan’s governments.

    (Reporting by Phil Stewart in Washington and Maria Golovnina in Bishkek; Writing by Phil Stewart, Conor Humphries and Amie Ferris-Rotman; editing by Todd Eastham)

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