BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — On Abrahmanova St, between Chuy Avenue and Frunze St in Bishkek, across from the Hyatt Regency and over to the left, there lies a statue of Gennady Pavlyuk. Gennady was a Kyrgyz journalist on assignment in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2009 when his hands were bound and he was tossed off the 6th floor of a building still under construction. He died of his injuries several days later, part of a rash of physical attacks on journalists that escalated under the Bakiyev regime.
In a rare act of justice, Pavlyuk’s killers were just sentenced to jail time in Kazakhstan. Good riddance to them, I say.