Akayev Flees Kyrgyzstan

by Nathan Hamm on 3/24/2005 · 6 comments

Reports Interfax:

Sources in Bishkek told Interfax that Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, his family and his closest associates left Bishkek aboard a presidential helicopter on Thursday and headed for the border of Kazakhstan.

An unconfirmed report said the helicopter landed on Kazakh territory.

Earlier, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov told Interfax the ministry possessed no evidence that Akayev was on his way to Kazakhstan.

Very unconfirmed… But, if true, I’m sure he’s headed for Moscow to whatever neighborhood it is that Eduard Shevardnadze and Aslan Abashidze live in. Which is kind of a shame really because it would have been nice if he had led Kyrgyzstan a better direction.


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Andy March 24, 2005 at 10:55 am

The version I heard was that he has left for Moscow via Kant airbase… either way, I’d imagine he spent a few rather unpleasant hours wondering if he’d see the next morning.

By the way, didn’t Shevardnadze remain in Georgia?

Nathan March 24, 2005 at 10:59 am

I can’t remember now… Damn. I thought he went to Moscow. Saakashvili went all gung-ho after his friends and relatives on corruption charges.

Alexei March 24, 2005 at 11:03 am

RBC first reported Akayev fled to the Kant airbase and asked for political asylum in Russia, no less. A few hours later, he reportedly resigned.

Is Kulov going to be the new president/dictator? Does it mean a different clan will now be on top in Kyrgyzstan?

Nathan March 24, 2005 at 11:10 am

Well, I hope that there will be competition between clans at the very least. I just put up the RFE/RL story on who might be next.

Andy March 24, 2005 at 2:09 pm

An interesting quote from Donald Rumsfeld in Yahoo news about the whereabouts of Akayev:

Asked specifically about reports that Akayev had fled the country, Rumsfeld replied: “The intelligence reports do not verify what you cited from press reports. I’m confident there will be no issue with respect to U.S. forces.”

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&ncid=732&e=3&u=/ap/20050324/ap_on_re_eu/us_kyrgyzstan

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