The effort to spin the mid-June violence in southern Kyrgyzstan is taking an eyebrow-raising turn. The head of Kyrgyzstan’s State Security Service, Keneshbek Dushebayev, is claiming that relatives of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev conspired with Islamic militants to destabilize southern Kyrgyzstan.
According to Dushebayev, Maxim Bakiyev, the son of ousted president Bakiyev, met with representatives of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Dubai, while the former president’s brother Janysh brokered deals with Afghan Taliban and Tajik fighters. “The transfer of militants to the south of the republic was made on the eve of the June events from Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province via Tajikistan’s Khorog and Murghab districts. Cooperation in transferring [the militants] was made by a former Tajik opposition commander and drug baron, whose contact was Janysh Bakiyev,” Dushebayev said.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in central Asian affairs.