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Posted in kyrgyzstan by Karaka on 14 April 2010

Okay, was anyone really surprised at the revolution in Kyrgyzstan? Does anyone care about Kyrgyzstan other than me? (I had a very good friend in college who was Kyrgyz. Hence it’s always been on my radar.) Okay, well, me and Registan then. Noah Tucker has a pretty swift rundown of the recent history of revolution in country, about the preceding Tulip Revolution and how, you know, it always somehow gets put into the context of the former Soviet Union.

BBC News is reporting that usurped President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is agreeing to cede his power in exchange for security assurances for his family.

The interim government held a late-night meeting in Bishkek on Tuesday, but did not respond.

However, in an earlier interview Ms Otunbayeva said she was prepared to offer security guarantees to Mr Bakiyev if he resigned and left the country, but would not offer such immunity to his family.

“We will provide security guarantees which he’s entitled to under the constitution,” she told the Associated Press.

But she warned her patience with Mr Bakiyev was running out.

“His stay in Kyrgyzstan is posing a problem for the nation’s future. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee his security as people are demanding to bring him to justice.”

The situation is unfolding seemingly hourly, and though sadly I can’t read Cyrillic (if you can, #freekg on Twitter and the Diesel forum seem to be the places a lot of info is coming from) BBC News and Google News search for “Kyrgystan” are keeping me in the loop.

Between this and Bangkok it seems revolution is in fashion for spring.

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  1. Alec said, on 19 April 2010 at 14:18

    Like many revolutions, the Tulip Revolution was quickly usurped and Basiyev conducted what would be better described as a palace coup. Despite Akeyev’s implicit ethno-nationalism with the promotion of Kyrgyz ethnic group over others in the country, his was as good as benign dictatorships go and Basiyev can be seen as leading a kleptocratic rear-guard action from his southern-based clans.

    Now, the current protests started in Talas in the far north-west, maybe suggesting a northern clan resurgence.

    I wrote about it here.

    • Karaka said, on 19 April 2010 at 14:25

      So what you’re saying is I’m not the only one who’s paying attention, huh?

      I’m still trying to get back into reading the blogs; forgive me as I get back to yours. I’ll check out the post.

      • Alec said, on 19 April 2010 at 14:35

        Aye, you get a much more measured degree of discussion outside Israel and Iraq/Afghanistan.

        That said, I’m trying to work out of this is the same Noah Tucker who’s completely potty on North Korea, and is Calvin’s brother who is completely potty on everything.

        • Karaka said, on 19 April 2010 at 14:49

          Aye, you get a much more measured degree of discussion outside Israel and Iraq/Afghanistan.

          Well, it’s hardly as polemic, particularly when the primarily community of bloggers hails from countries whose militaries are involved in those nations. At the same time it seems almost more navel-gazing, as if we’re at an even greater remove than with IQ/AFG.

          I think Noah Tucker joined Registan’s ranks towards the latter half of last year; he may have had a blog before then, but I don’t think I ever followed it so I can’t say for sure. But that’s the breadth of my knowledge on the man.


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