Kyrgyz incident may repeat in other ex-Soviet states: Russia

Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 18:14

Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
on Friday cautioned the possibility of repeat of Kyrgyz incident
in other ex-Soviet states if their rulers lose connection with
their people, even as the new interim government of Kyrgyztan
was asked to avoid the "faults" of their predecessors.

"In relation to the possibility of similar scenarios
in ex-Soviet states : everything is possible in this world, if
people are not happy with the authorities, if the authorities
do not make efforts to support their people.

"This scenario could repeat anywhere when the
authorities lose their connection with the people," Medvedev
was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
At least 80 people were killed and more than 1,500
injured during violent opposition protests, which broke out in
Kyrgyzstan on April 7.

"I would very much want the new authorities... to be
free from these faults," Medvedev said during a visit to
Brazil where he was attending the BRIC summit, explaining that
he was referring to nepotism in Kyrgyzstan.

Medvedev reiterated that his country would provide
Kyrgyzstan with humanitarian assistance, but said that it
would only pursue big projects in the country if Russia
believed "the new leadership is capable of managing" them.

"We will see, the current leaders have yet to agree
among themselves,sometimes that is not easy," Medvedev said.

“I hope they will have enough political courage and
authority."

Deposed leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital and
an interim government was formed under the leadership of
ex-Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva.

Bakiyev initially refused to resign and started
gathering his supporters in southern Kyrgyzstan, but on
Thursday he flew to neighbouring Kazakhstan, from where he
faxed two-page hand written resignation letter this morning.

"Recognising my responsibility before the Kyrgyz
people, and with the aim of preserving the state`s unity, in
accordance with the Constitution, I offer my resignation,"
Bakiyev is reported to have written.
However, his brother Ahmad claimed the resignation
letter was `fake`.

Talking to Russian reporters at the end of BRIC
summit in Brasilia, Medvedev said he was personally involved
in efforts to resolve the situation along with the US
President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan
Nazarbayev.

"Our only goal was to avoid bloodshed.

Unfortunately, the situation was escalating toward a
full-scale civil war, and, consequently, toward the
disintegration of the country," Medvedev underscored.

The protests over steep hike in electricity and
other utility bills took anti-Bakiyev turn after use of force
and the deposed president was accused of rampant corruption
and nepotism in the former Soviet republic.

Medvedev expressed hope that negative political
developments in Kyrgyzstan have been averted. "I hope this
scenario has been ruled out especially after the former
president submitted his resignation," Medvedev said.

In her address to the nation after the resignation
of Bakiyev, the interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva assured
that the deposed president and his coterie will be tried in
court and punished for their crimes against the people of
Kyrgyzstan.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 18:14

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