Kyrgyz Parliamentarian Shot Dead

by Nathan Hamm on 6/10/2005

I also just received an email (from a reader, Ben) mentioning that Jyrgalbek Surabaldiyev was shot and killed in Bishkek.

Eyewitnesses say Surabaldiyev was gunned down by two unidentified men in broad daylight in Bishkek’s central square. The parliamentary deputy died on the spot and the two men then escaped from the scene by car.

The Kyrgyz authorities are investigating the incident, which they say appears to have been a contract killing.

Occasional contract killings in Kyrgyzstan are sometimes the result of business rivalries, but Kyrgyz officials say the motive on this occasion may also have been political.

Some accuse him of organizing pro-Akayev counterprotesters who attacked anti-Akayev demonstrators and say he is behind the looting in Bishkek that followed Akayev’s fall.

Update: See RFE/RL’s coverage as well.


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