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Kyrgyzstan promises to continue the “merciless fight against high treason”

Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov on November 25, during the first People’s Kurultai, amid recent detentions of activists and politicians, said that the country would continue “a ruthless fight against treason.”

According to the chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, under President Sadyr Zhaparov, “life has improved, demographics have grown, and the economy has taken the path of development.”

“Despite the complexity, issues on borders and deposits were resolved,” Akylbek Zhaparov said.

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov appointed his namesake Akylbek Zhaparov as the country’s prime minister in October last year.

As the chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan stated, resolving the issue of borders through diplomacy is “beneficial for both sides”, and such issues are resolved “not by scandalous men and women who have never been at the border, but by specialists.”

“Because in such matters conflict situations can quickly arise. A group of people because of the money of foreigners and oligarchs, hiding behind democracy and the opposition, is ready to destroy the country. They don’t care about the country, the main thing for them is to arrange riots, shows. Some journalists and NGOs are looking for something that is not there, they write, they are not interested in the life of ordinary people. Our country has always adhered to democratic values ​​and respected human rights, but the ruthless fight against treason will continue,” said Akylbek Zhaparov.

The statement by the head of the Kyrgyz Cabinet of Ministers came shortly after independent journalist Bolot Temirov was expelled this week to Moscow following a court decision in Bishkek. Temirov is a well-known investigative journalist in Kyrgyzstan, founder of the Temirov LIVE YouTube channel, former editor-in-chief of the Factcheck.kg online publication and author of a number of investigations into corruption schemes in state bodies of Kyrgyzstan.

Over the past few months, several bills have been initiated in Kyrgyzstan aimed at tightening control over the media and NGOs. In particular, the outrage of the local civil society and the concern of international organizations was caused by the bill on NGOs , submitted for public discussion by the presidential administration. A few weeks later, Kyrgyz MP Nadira Narmatova initiated a bill on “foreign missions” , similar to the Russian law on “foreign agents”. In addition, the presidential administration submitted an updated version of the Mass Media Law for public discussion. Lawyers and human rights activists found in it a number of norms that infringe on freedom of speech.

In October, the Kyrgyz authorities detained more than 20 activists and politicians in the country in the so-called “Kempirabad case”. They were accused of “preparing to organize mass riots.” The detainees themselves and their supporters call this “political persecution” and link the criminal prosecution to their position on the Kempirabad reservoir.

Source : Ruz