Monday, September 11, 2006

Why would Astana request that Interpol search Tekebayev?

The scandal around the arrest of Omurbek Tekebayev in Poland continues to have repercussions in Central Asia. The most recent news from suggests that Interpol received the tip about Tekebayev from Astana, not from Bishkek. It will be interesting to see if this information is further confirmed and if it unearths anything about the evolving relationship between Kazakhstan and the internal politics of Kyrgyzstan. It may be that Kazakhstan was merely used by Kyrgyz authorities as a smokescreen, but the truth may also be much more complex. Obviously, at this point more information is needed before opinions can be drawn.

In the meantime, rumors from Bishkek suggest that there will be an attempt to organize a fairly large demonstration outside the parliament building demanding the truth about what happened with Tekebayev. Given that Bishkek has some “protest fatigue” from the last year, a large turn out in support of Tekebayev tomorrow could be an indication of the severity of this latest scandal to hit the Tulip revolutionaries in power.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you make too much of the protest fatigue. Many people have little to occupy their time, it is not so hard to get "protesters" from the parks and a few people with signs.

11:23 AM  

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