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


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

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