Wednesday, May 10, 2006
If you want to see mob rule, check out post-Revolution Kyrgyzstan. Today, Rysbek Akmatbaev was killed while leaving a mosque, just several months after his brother was also killed. Both have ties to Kyrgyz organized crime, and Rysbek, at least, was a public opponent of President Kurmanbek Bakiev. Akmatbaev's murder is on the same order of magnitude as that of Rafiq Hariri in February 2005, though in this case no one knows who killed him. It could be the regime, or it could be another organized crime syndicate. I still wonder what the ties are between Kyrgyzstan's and Russia's criminal elements, and whether something like that fits into Bakiev's pro-Russian policies, and perhaps even this shooting.