October 25, 2020

The Verge Of Civil War – Kyrgyzstan

The Verge Of Civil War – Kyrgyzstan

The air of tension that is sweeping the world does not seem to want to fade.

Since some weeks, Kyrgyzstan, a central Asian country that rises along the ancient “silk road”, has become the protagonist of clashes and riots that are bringing it to the brink of civil war.

The protests began due to alleged fraud regarding the parliamentary elections and prompted President Sornbav Jeenbekov to declare a state of emergency by activating various containment measures such as night curfews, and various restrictions on freedom rights.  The army was also activated and deployed to defend the capital. Despite the measures taken in the country chaos dominates.

A few days ago, there were news of a revolt in the prison where the opposition leader, former president Almazbek Atambayev, was convict. However, he was tracked down and arrested again by government forces. Following these events, the clashes intensified in the capital, especially near the seat of the government.

Russia, through President Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, expressed concern about the situation and highlighted the importance of moving towards stabilization, underlining the Kremlin’s interests in this region.

It is difficult to hypothesize a solution scenario that could lead to a peaceful agreement between the parties. The main players on the international scene, already heavily tested by the management of the global pandemic, by the unstable geopolitical balances, by the Belarusian political crisis and by the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, are now grappling with a growing problem in this region as well.

2020 will certainly be remembered in the annals of history as an extremely significant year of the new millennium.

Adriano Margarone

for P.S.W.

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