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Kyrgyzstan Concerned About Spillover from Andijan Events in Uzbekistan

Two months ago, revolutionary developments in Kyrgyzstan sent shockwaves rumbling through neighboring Uzbekistan, placing Uzbek President Islam Karimov's administration on guard against a popular revolt. Now, it is Kyrgyzstan's provisional leadership that is growing nervous about the impact of the Uzbek government's crackdown in Andijan. Felix Kulov, a key member of the Kyrgyz leadership team, has voiced concern of a spillover effect, amid unconfirmed reports that Kyrgyzstani citizens participated in the Andijan events.

A touchstone of tension is the estimated 1,500 Uzbek refugees who crossed into Kyrgyzstan to escape the May 13 assault carried out by Uzbek security forces. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. Uzbek officials have said they expect the refugees to return in the near future. Many of those who fled have voiced a desire to stay, saying they would face arrest and, possibly torture, if they fell into the hands of Uzbek security forces.

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Alisher Khamidov Alisher Khamidov is a PhD Candidate at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.

Kyrgyzstan Concerned About Spillover from Andijan Events in Uzbekistan

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