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Putin’s ‘Opposition’ Takes Over Kyrgyz

From the Wall Street Journal:

Kyrgyz Opposition Forms Interim Government

By ALAN CULLISON And KADYR TOKTOGULOV

APRIL 8, 2010

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan—Kyrgyzstan’s opposition said Thursday they have formed an interim government and would keep open a U.S. military base vital to the supply of troops in Afghanistan, but the Kyrgyz capital remained tense one day after bloody protests forced the president and his government to flee.

Police were nowhere in sight on the streets of Bishkek, while mobs still roamed the streets and wandered through looted government buildings. Kyrgyzstan’s president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was meanwhile reported to be in the country’s southern regions, trying to rally support and deny opposition full control of the country.

At a news conference in Bishkek the leader of the coalition of opposition groups, Roza Otunbayeva, said that the toppling of Mr. Bakiyev’s government would have no effect on the supply of troops to Afghanistan.

Ms. Otunbayev, a former foreign minister, said, "The status quo [on the base] remains in place. We won’t rush to decide on such issues."

In other words, the “decision” about the base hasn’t been made yet. But don’t worry, it will be.

Ms. Otunbayev is a cat’s-paw of Mr. Putin’s. And he does not want the United States to have this base.

It’s all part of his effort to help us in the war on terror.

The U.S. military base is a key transit point for U.S. troops and supplies bound for Afghanistan: Last month alone, more than 50,000 U.S. and coalition troops passed through Manas en route to Afghanistan, according to U.S. military officials. The U.S. agreement allowing American use of the base in Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous, Muslim nation of five million, is set to expire soon.

With clashes intensifying Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan ordered a 12-hour halt to flights in and out of Bishkek’s international airport, which also houses the U.S. air field. The order prevented the U.S. military from operating its own flights, which shuttle to and from Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said

That is just a co-incidence. That is not a signal to Mr. Putin that everything is under control.

Last month, opposition leaders called for protests to be held this week, seizing on popular anger at a large increase in utility rates in the impoverished nation, and allegations of corrupt privatizations and misuse of development funds by the government.

The increase in utility rates and Kyrgyzstan’s other economic problems are largely the product of Mr. Putin’s restrictive new prices and tariffs for energy and other vital supplies. The allegations of corruption also came from Mr. Putin.

(In actions strangely reminiscent of what Mr. Putin has done in the past to Ukraine, Georgia and even Western Europe.)

A Russian media barrage critical of Mr. Bakiyev fed the antigovernment mood in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic

The Russian media, which is controlled by Mr. Putin, is really Kyrgyzstan’s media. They have no other, really.

And the KGB/FSB’s agit-prop is still the most effective in the world, as we can see here:

Crowds gathered in the capital of Bishkek on Wednesday near the White House. Police tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas and rubber bullets, but protesters disarmed some of the police and seized their vehicle carriers. At one point, the protesters tried to ram their way through White House gates with a commandeered armored personnel carrier. At least two people were killed after being shot by snipers, witnesses said.

Elsewhere in the country, protests also gathered steam and regional governors capitulated before angry crowds.

Most of the arrested leaders were released late Wednesday, and headed directly to a meeting with government officials, where they said leaders including the prime minister handed over power.

In the provincial city of Talas on Wednesday, several thousand protesters stormed the police station and seized two top deputies to Mr. Bakiyev who had taken refuge there, First Deputy Prime Minister Akylbek Japarov and Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongantiyev, who was stripped and beaten for more than an hour. Mr. Japarov lost an eye, a witness said

President Bakiyev had alienated onetime foreign allies by trying to play Russia and the West off one another.

Closer ties to the U.S. have angered the Kremlin. Last year Russia announced a $2.15 billion aid package for Kyrgyzstan, in a deal where Mr. Bakiyev in return promised to close the U.S. air base. Instead, Mr. Bakiyev renegotiated the lease on base and allowed the U.S. to stay after tripling the rent and renaming it as a transit center.

Russian-language press unleashed a flurry of criticism toward Mr. Bakiyev after it was revealed in early March that the U.S. plans to build a training center for Kyrgyz Special Forces at a cost of $5.5 million in the southern province of Batken

All details we reported earlier.

Since last month, Russia, whose television stations still hold considerable sway in this former Soviet republic, has beamed in programming critical of Mr. Bakiyev and his family, which it has accused of corruption and cronyism

"It seems to me that Mr. Bakiyev stepped on the same rake," Mr. Putin said.

How droll. Stalin used to get off zingers like that, in his day.

Last Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the country and criticized Kyrgyzstan’s government for human-rights violations. On Thursday, Mr. Ban said he is sending a special envoy, Slovakia’s former foreign minister Jan Kubis, to Kyrgyzstan Friday. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will also send an envoy.

Mr. Ban also called for calm, saying "I’m deeply concerned and alarmed by all this violence."

In case anyone still thought that the UN was anything but the enabler of dictators everywhere.

Still, you have to admit that the Soviets Russians have gotten much more subtle over the years.

Almost 32 years ago to the day, during the so-called “Saur Revolution,” the Soviets kicked in the doors of the Afghanistan government, machine gunned everyone in sight and installed their own regime.

This is the same puppet Afghan government that soon after issued ‘a request’ for the Soviet Army to invade them.

Gosh, how times have changed.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Putin’s ‘Opposition’ Takes Over Kyrgyz”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Dobie the House Elf (Putin) just can’t let go of the independent states.
    They need to form an alliance and crank up their own propaganda/military machines.

  2. ilzito guacamolito says:

    I hate communists and their -ism. F them.


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