Kyrgyzstan's Odd Hydropower Deal Continues Making Waves in Czech Republic
The strange story of the mysterious Czech company that was awarded the right to build a hydropower plant in Kyrgyzstan has slipped off the radar in Bishkek, where the saga might be expected to garner most attention.
But media in the Czech Republic is still on the case, and the news is far from good for Kyrgyzstan.
Leading Prague-based daily newspaper Lidové Noviny reported in a front-page piece on August 21 that the Czech Security Information Service, or BIS in its Czech initials, is now investigating the circumstances by which Liglass Trading could have won the tender to build and operate a series of hydropower facilities in Kyrgyzstan.
The newspaper cited its own unnamed sources as saying the investigation was instigated at the behest of Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, but that there have been no results as yet.
Under a deal unveiled in July, Liglass Trading committed to build and run Akbulun HPP and Naryn HPP-1 in the Upper Naryn cascade, as well as a string of 10 smaller electricity-generating units.
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