24 May 2006

Rumor Mill

We ran through the current rumors floating around today with the law students. One is that Ryspek Akmatbaev wasn't really killed a few weeks ago but is actually in hiding. Another is the Bakiev is planning to dissolve Parliament (he denied that yesterday). One student had heard the US had agreed to pay the entire $200 million/year for Gansi Air Base, but I can't find (and I hope not to find) any confirmation of that. And the last was that Kyrgyzstan will probably not join HIPC. We'll see if any of these pan out.

As I expected, there isn't much support for Saturday's demonstration. It certainly isn't getting a lot of attention here and I wouldn't be surprised to see it not be very well attended.

It was interesting to hear them talk about Ryspek. There's a lot more sympathy for the man now than they used to have. Some even were saying he was a Robin Hood who protected Kyrgyzstan from other criminals. How nice of him.

When we talked about HIPC, they said jokingly that Akaev should be responsible for Kyrgyzstan's debt, not Kyrgyzstan itself. Another reason why it's good to put some checks on the president, but my husband's been trying to make that point all year and most still don't agree with him.


  1. AnonymousMay 24, 2006

    So what your husband is saying is that it is all Akaeyv's fault?

  2. Well, no, I was referring to the point I made earlier in the same sentence- that there are good reasons to check the president.

    The point I was actually trying to make is that people complain about Akaev, but then they lobby to continue the super-presidential system currently in place that partly contributed to Akaev's abuses of power.

  3. AnonymousMay 25, 2006

    point well taken :)