Amid an ongoing Kyrgyz government probe into fueling practices at the Manas Transit Center near Bishkek, investigators are examining the relationship between Red Star Enterprises Ltd and Mina Corp, the former and current holders of a Pentagon supply contract, and entities once allegedly controlled by Maxim Bakiyev, the son of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
A Mina Corp spokesman insists that there was nothing unusual in the Gibraltar-registered company’s dealings with two specific Kyrgyz entities with alleged Bakiyev ties, Central Asian Fuels and Manas Aerofuels. The two Kyrgyz companies “are subcontractors that Mina has worked with," Mina Corp. representative John Lough said.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.