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Archive for April 19th, 2010

Ousted Kyrgyz President Is Welcome in Belarus

Posted by Info on 19/04/2010

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was welcome to his country.

“If the president of Kyrgyzstan and his family need support and assistance at this difficult time, they will get it in Belarus….If he wants to come — today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow – we are ready to receive him here in Belarus.”
However Bakiyev remained in southern Kazakhstan with his five-year-old son, daughter and wife.

The Belarusian leader denied that Bakiyev had resigned, saying the letter of resignation bearing Bakiyev’s signature, which was shown in media now, was not trustworthy.

Bakiyev fled to southern Kyrgyzstan last week after thousands of protesters supportive of the opposition clashed with security forces throughout the country, driving out local governments and seizing government headquarters in Bishkek. He departed his country under the mediation of the United States, Russia and Kazakhstan.

The opposition has formed an interim government led by former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva.
Bakiyev and some of his relatives were charged for inducing the unrest.

The deputy prime minister said the interim government would publish draft of a new Kyrgyz Constitution on Monday. He also proposed to elect an acting president “before a new head of state enters his office,” along with the referendum on the constitutional reform slated for July. Otunbayeva, for Tekebayev, was “a non-alternative candidate” for this post.

The country will hold parliamentary and presidential elections in October.

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Uzbekistan Tightens Security In Andijon After Changes in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 19/04/2010

Andijon: On April 16 that the city’s streets were full of police officers wearing bulletproof vests. Security officers have been visiting Andijon citizens who have relatives in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh and Jalal-Abad regions and asking them about their most recent visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Andijon is about 20 kilometers from the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border and 40 kilometers from the Kyrgyz city of Osh. Both lie in the Fergana Valley, which is regarded as a hotbed of social and ethnic tension by the region’s governments.

Shortly after the 2005 Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan that toppled President Askar Akaev, thousands of people in Andijon held a mass protest that was brutally suppressed by Uzbek security forces. Witnesses said hundreds of peaceful demonstrators were killed, while Uzbek officials say less than 200 were killed, many of them security officers.
Hundreds of Uzbeks fled and trials were held to convict alleged agitators whom the government in Tashkent accused of helping foreign elements foment insurrection.

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“The New Times” Editors Refused Court Order

Posted by Info on 19/04/2010

Moscow’s Tverskoi court ruled on April 12 that “The New Times” should give all of the audio and video materials related to two articles published in February about alleged abuses by the Interior Ministry’s OMON forces to police investigating a libel case against the magazine. Hearings for the appeal are scheduled for April 28.

“The New Times” editors refused the court order, saying that they have a right to protect their sources.

“The New Times” articles were reportedly based on statements from former and current officers. They alleged that OMON officers were paid to provide security for businesses and private homes, collected protection money from prostitutes, and essentially used Central Asian migrants as slave labor.

The article is based on allegations made by former police officer Larisa Krepkova, who left the elite Zubr subdivision of the Russian Internal Ministry’s OMON security forces. According to her, officers from the unit would travel to Moscow’s Yaroslavskoye Highway to recruit migrant workers, who were then brought to the Zubr base in the nearby region of Shchelkovo. There, they were forced to dig ditches, set up fences, and clean toilets without pay, even though Official invoices included tallies of the cost of labor.
Krepkova said that the workers, who she labeled as “slaves,” even wound up working in the dacha of Deputy Interior Minister Colonel General Mikhail Sukhodolsky. In addition to not being paid the workers were beaten and poorly treated in general.

This article is the second in less than a month by the New Times to address problems with the OMON, which are notorious for their brutal suppression of activist rallies and other protests.
On February 1, the magazine published an open letter from a number of former Moscow OMON to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, describing poor working conditions, mistreatment by their superiors, orders to break up opposition rallies, and rampant corruption.
The next day, members of the Moscow city OMON announced their decision to sue the New Times for libel.

The New Times noted that in response to the February 1 article, it has received a record number of letters from police officers with similar experiences.
In Russian here

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Russia: Ingushetia : Bomb Exploded Under Car Of Deputy Interior Minister

Posted by Info on 19/04/2010

This morning a bomb exploded beneath a Deputy Interior Minister Beslan Shadiyev’s car in Ingushetia today, injuring his driver.
The deputy minister was not in the car at the time of the blast.
The blast occurred close to the local Interior Ministry building in Nazran, the largest city in the violence-plagued North Caucasus republic.

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Kyrgyzstan: 200 Criminal Cases Opened – Extradition Requests To Kazakhstan

Posted by Info on 19/04/2010

Interim authorities in Kyrgyzstan have opened hundreds of criminal cases into possible wrongdoing under exiled President Kurmanbek Bakiev and say they are preparing extradition requests for former officials who fled to neighboring Kazakhstan.

Bakiev flew to Kazakhstan on April 15 after an arrangement for his resignation and departure was reached with mediation by the OSCE, Russia, and the United States.

The interim leadership, led by Roza Otunbaeva, says it will seek to have former National Security Service (SNB) Deputy Chairman Marat Bakiev, the son of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev; ex-SNB Chairman Murat Sutalinov; and former Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov returned to Kyrgyzstan to face charges whom are believed to have fled to Kazakhstan.

200 criminal cases had been opened and arrest warrants issued for a dozen Bakiev allies and family members.

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