It’s been a bad week for Kyrgyzstan’s anti-corruption pioneers.
Last Wednesday, recordings of senior interim leaders allegedly plotting corrupt deals surfaced on YouTube. Now, a voice similar to that of Azimbek Beknazarov, first deputy for judicial affairs, has appeared in a third tape, in which the Beknazarov sound-alike discusses prosecuting officials who don’t confirm his appointments.
The voice of Beknazarov appeared in both of the earlier tapes, which we discussed here and which his counterparts confirmed were real conversations, just taken out of context. Either something fishy is happening or Beknazarov has a nosy collection of enemies.
Former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted on April 7 largely over corrupt dealings in his family; same with Askar Akayev. It seems unlikely many Kyrgyz will sit quietly while the interim government repeats their mistakes. It also appears someone is out to paint a very negative picture of this government.