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The new political crisis has been developing in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is an independent state (a former Soviet republic) in the Central Asia. It borders with Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. The country’s capital and largest city is Bishkek.
At least 686 people were injured and one killed in Kyrgyzstan following law enforcement clashes with the protesters, the country’s Health Ministry reported on October 6.
“By 15:00 [local time] October 6, 2020, a total of 686 victims turned to healthcare organizations for medical aid, 521 of them were dismissed after administration of initial medical aid, while 164 were hospitalized with various traumas, 7 of them – are in intensive care unit. One victim died,” the ministry said in its Facebook post.
The political crisis in Kyrgyzstan started following the October t4 parliamentary elections. The opposition organized mass protests in Bishkek, captured the buildings of the parliament (where the Presidential Administration of sitting president Sooronbay Jeenbekov is also located), the Bishkek Administration and the Prosecutor General’s Office. The protesters also released former president Almazbek Atambayev, former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov and a number of other politicians from prison.
Early on October 6, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov addressed the citizens, calling on leaders of political parties to calm down their supporters. Later, the Central Electoral Commission of Kyrgyzstan declared the results of October 4 Parliamentary elections invalid. Currently, the country has been passing through a new political transformation that will likely lead to the re-election and the change of the political leadership.
According to experts and local sources, the main reason of the ongoing crisis is the complicated social-economic situation in the country. As of now, there are no indications that the crisis became a result of some foreign meddling. The situation is further complicated by the traditional conflict between the northern and southern clans of the country’s political elite as well as split within the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDPK). Both Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Almazbek Atambayev are members of the SDPK. The conflict between the ‘north’ and the ‘south’ already led to a series of riots and political coups in the 2000s. The current situation seems to be not different.
It is interesting to note that the current political developments in Kyrgyzstan have no the ‘anti-Russian’ core, as it often happens in the case of Western-funded ‘color revolutions’ in post-USSR states. Contrary, at least a part of the intentions of the opposition is aimed at the strengthening of relations with Russia. In own turn, Atambayev is a controversial, but charismatic person that stands for the independent policy of Kyrgyzstan and neither supports the ‘Western integration’ nor opposes the cooperation with Russia.
The social and economic roots of the current situation explains why a large part of the law enforcements and the government apparatus of the country in fact supported the protests or did not take active measures to contain them.
This situation is quite different to the crisis developing in Belarus, where it is clear that the main driving power of the regime change efforts is alien (foreign) forces. This is why law enforcements and the administrative apparatus of the country remain loyal to the current president of the country, Aleksander Lukashenko. Photos and videos from the ground also show that while Kyrgyzstan protests were led by ordinary people, the core of Belarus protests is quite different. This is various ‘hipsters’, radical nationalists, minorities, and hardcore neo-liberals.
Another potential point of instability is Moldova, where pro-Western (‘Soros aligned’) forces are already preparing a ‘color revolution response’ to the potential victory of Igor Dodon in the 2020 presidential election, scheduled for November 1, 2020. Pro-Western groups label Dodon as a ‘pro-Russian politician’ (in fact, he is rather a neutral one) and thus declare that they should not allow him to keep the power.
These political developments come amid the raging Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which started on September 27 as a result of the previous years of the destructive and anti-Russian policy of Nikol Pashinyan in Armenia.
In this difficult time, the conditionally pro-Western team the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin has been pushing further the policy of total digital control and real restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens, first of all residents of Moscow. These actions are being employed with a full support of the liberal bloc of the Russian political elite led by such persons as Sberbank CEO Herman Gref and Head of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina. It should be noted that Moscow is now being officially subjected to a 5-year long ‘digital experiment’, the essence of which is classified. The latest development in the Russian capital with the announcement of additional restrictions for residents and the demand to provide even more personal data to the local authorities went beyond any reasonable explanation.
At the first look these are isolated developments that just accidentally happen across the region. However, if one takes a wider look at the situation, it is possible to find out that the indirect or even direct target of these destructive tendencies is the Russian statehood and the destabilization of this region of Eurasia. It is hard to imagine that the United States or the United Kingdom as states are behind this. At the same time, the destabilization of the region plays into the hands of the global financial elites amid the global economic crisis and their ongoing campaign to impose the new ‘fully digitalized’ (and thus controlled) society.
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