Dec 05

Atambaev’s big bid to centralise power

Credit: Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service / Sultan Dosaliev

Details are starting to emerge of some of the ‘substance’ behind the charges against Keldibekov, Omurkulov and others:
В отношении мэра Бишкека Исы Омуркулова возбуждено уголовное дело ( news site).

But, of course, this is not about corruption per se so much as the selective use of anti-corruption measures by central government to pursue both their political enemies and those that have fallen out of favour.

Will this move by Atambaev, most importantly against Melis Myrzakmatov, the mayor of Osh, work?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.