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Kyrgyzstan: Defense Official Slams Inquiry into June Violence

Isakov: Making an Example of Dishonor (David Trilling)

Kyrgyzstan’s new leaders often act frightfully like the old. Parliament is loaded with ousted presidents’ officials, due process is fiction, and the media is frequently the object of state-sanctioned contempt.  

Now, taking his cue from Central Asia’s despot playbook, MP Ismail Isakov, the interim government’s defense minister during ethnic violence last summer, says a legally non-binding report has insulted him. Therefore, he will sue. 

The offense in question appeared in a government study, released last week, determining the causes of the pogroms in southern Kyrgyzstan. RFE/RL explains

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