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Kyrgyzstan: Spooks Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev (center) meets with members of the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) in late November 2016 to personally present to them awards for “brave and decisive actions” in line of duty. Reportedly, GKNB recently placed 45 Facebook users who are openly critical of Atambayev under the organ’s direct observation, and some people have been brought in for questioning over Atambayev-related posts. (Photo: Kyrgyzstani Presidential Press Service)

Kyrgyzstan’s security services are dropping the gloves for a fight against Facebook-using keyboard warriors who are taking pops at apparently thin-skinned President Almazbek Atambayev. Social media users do not know whether to laugh or cry.
 
On January 10, a letter from the deputy head of the State Committee for National Security, or GKNB, addressed to a member of parliament in Atambayev’s Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, began circulating online. The letter noted that some 45 Facebook users who are openly critical of Atambayev had been placed under the organ’s direct observation. Then, some of them were named and shamed in the text.
 
Officially, the term GKNB deputy director and former Atambayev bodyguard Bolot Suyumbayev used in the letter, which MP Irina Karamushkina has confirmed as authentic, is “negative publications addressed to the head of state.”
 

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