BBC Bashes Akayev

by Laurence on 3/22/2005 · 1 comment

An unflattering profile from BBC News:

He was also hailed as an advocate for an open and liberal atmosphere in the former Soviet republic.

Alexander Ivanov, editor of Literaturny Kirgizstan noted at the time: “In fact, when I wrote an article somewhat critical of him he called to thank me for pointing out his failings.”

But this optimism about Mr Akayev has now waned.

Critics accuse him of suppressing the opposition and media, and say his government is mired in corruption.

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Nathan March 22, 2005 at 10:42 pm

That’s hardly bashing… The man has changed, and that’s a fairly mild criticism compared to what he could get for going after the media like he has, jailing opponents, and (though this is a pet peeve of mine perhaps) kowtowing to China on the issue of Uighur refugees. Also, I’m more than willing to criticize anyone who has a special wing of the national museum that sings his praises.

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