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Archive for March 8th, 2010

US Intends To Build Anti-Terror Training Center In Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 08/03/2010

The United States intends to build an anti-terror training center in the southern Kyrgyz province of Batken.
The Office of Military Cooperation, which is funding the project, [says] that work will soon begin. Work hasn’t started yet,” a spokeswoman for the US Embassy said. “The facility ? will be turned over to the Kyrgyz upon completion.” The planned $5.5 million price tag would seem to indicate that the training center would be relatively small in size.

The United States has already spent millions of dollars on upgrading and constructing training centers for Kyrgyz security forces.

Speaking at the opening of a $9-million Special Forces Training Compound for Kyrgyzstan’s elite Scorpion Battalion last October, Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller revealed that “brand new, modern military equipment – trucks, tactical gear, ambulances, night sights, body armor, and much more – are arriving in Kyrgyzstan daily and being distributed to Kyrgyzstan’s armed forces.”

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has identified Kyrgyzstan’s borders as “the biggest threat” to national security, and a possible site of “terrorist insurgency.”
Uzbekistan has refused to participate in the CSTO’s rapid reaction force and has warned that the proposed “training center” could stoke tension in the region.
BUT Russia doesn’t much like the prospect of strengthening US-Kyrgyz relations.

Andrei Grozin, director of the Central Asia Department at the CIS Institute in Moscow, said an American-funded training center, even if it was officially handed over to Kyrgyzstan, would be viewed dimly by the Kremlin. “Having both a Russian base and anti-terror training center built by Americans says a lot about Kyrgyzstan’s multi-vector politics,“.

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Veteran Rights Activist Alexeyeva Invited Police To Demonstrate

Posted by Info on 08/03/2010

Veteran rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, 83, went to a Moscow police station on Thursday to hand out flyers urging officers to attend an opposition rally calling for police reform. She was among the activists arrested at a New Year’s Eve demonstration defending the constitutional right to assembly.

Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, collected the European Union’s top human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, in December.

Alexei Platonov, head of the Arbat precinct, welcomed the elderly activist into his office and allowed her to distribute leaflets to his subordinates about the protest, which is planned for Saturday.
Alexeyeva said:
“I don’t know if this will change their attitude to police reform,” she said, referring to the handful of officers she persuaded to take a pamphlet. “But they are no more stupid than we are and understand perfectly well how badly reform is needed.”

Public confidence in the country’s police force has collapsed. Russian media in recent months have been awash in reports of police shooting sprees, deadly road accidents caused by drunken officers and silenced whistleblowers.
Authorities continue to show little tolerance for public protest. Last weekend, plans by the opposition “We” youth group to protest outside the Interior Ministry headquarters were thwarted when police detained all the organizers and cordoned off the square.

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