When Kyrgyz special forces swooped in on a group of suspected Islamic radicals holed up in a Bishkek house in mid-July, they brought out the heavy weapons. The rockets and gunfire fired by government troops destroyed not only the building targeted in the operation, but also three adjacent homes along Shurukova Street, and partially damaged two others.
Three months later, on October 14, the owners of two destroyed properties smiled for photographers, as officials handed them the keys to new homes. As Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov chatted with residents, however, it quickly became clear all was not settled.
Yevgeniya Krapivina, a human rights lawyer and owner of one of the homes burned to a cinder, asked Boronov to explain when heating systems in the new residence would be installed. The minister said the work would be done, but noted caustically that Krapivina had developed a “growing appetite.”
“What are you complaining for?” he told Krapivina.
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