AFP Sympathetic to Akayev

by Laurence on 3/22/2005 · 1 comment

The French still have a sympathy for intellectuals, at least based on this story about Akayev from Agence France Press:

BISHKEK (AFP) – Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, whose 15-year-rule is being questioned amid weeklong protests over a parliamentary election, has long been considered the most liberal leader in post-Soviet Central Asia.

Compared with the authoritarian Soviet apparatchiks that assumed power in other republics in Central Asia, the 60-year-old Akaeyv was considered a gentle intellectual with his higher education degree in physics and knowledge of classical music and painting.

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Tim Russo March 22, 2005 at 12:27 pm

This reminds me of a meeting I had with the French ambassador in Armenia after the hyper-fraudulent 1998 presidential election, who, over cafe au lait at the embassy, said to me, “Fraud? What Fraud?”

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