The two enterprises at the center of a US congressional investigation into fuel contracting practices at Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Transit Center maintain an official mailing address at a low-rent London public housing complex. But the entities have retained the services of a super high-gloss Washington, DC, public relations firm that has strong connections to the Bush-Cheney administration.
Mina Corp and Red Star Enterprises Ltd. have held fuel supply contracts for Manas operations for much of the facility’s lifespan. [For background see the EurasiaNet archive]. Both US and Kyrgyz officials are now probing suspected corrupt practices concerning fuel deals at Manas. [For background see EurasiaNet archive]. To help handle potential fallout, Mina Corp and Red Star have turned to Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.