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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