12 May 2006

Bakiev has made some changes in the government. Some are similar to the changes demanded by the opposition.

Ryspek Akmatbaev was killed a few days ago. I wasn't in Bishkek at the time and I haven't had a chance yet to talk with many people about it. No one seems too sad about it though, except in Choplon-Ata (which is actually his hometown, not Balykchy as RFE/RL reported) and parts of Issyk-Kul province. There have been conflicting reports of what actually happened that afternoon and who was behind it. Personally, I think it's a lot more likely that his death wasn't politically motivated and it

There was also a nasty little spat on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border early this morning. Not much yet on what was up with that, but at least 2 or 3 people were killed.

It was also Victory Day on Tuesday to commemorate the end of World War II. That war is still an incredibly big deal here. We were driving through Kyrgyzstan that day and saw a number of celebrations going on.

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