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Newsline: Kyrgyz FM Summons Belarusian Ambassador

Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the Belarusian ambassador to Bishkek to give explanations about a meeting between President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and fugitive former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev. The ministry said on August 7 that Ambassador Syarhey Ivanou was handed a note of protest. “The Kyrgyz side views it as absolutely unacceptable that during the meeting [between Lukashenka and Bakiev] the Kyrgyz Republic’s national symbols were used…which completely contradicts principles of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.” (https://www.rferl.org/a/kyrgyz-fm-summons-belarusian-ambassador-over-lukashenka-bakiev-meeting/30097537.html) Lukashenka’s official website said on August 6 that the Belarusian leader met with Bakiev in his office in Minsk on the occasion of the former Kyrgyz president’s 70th birthday, which he had marked several days earlier. Bakiev and some of his family members and associates have been residing in Belarus since April 2010 after he was toppled by violent anti-government protests.

Newsline: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed in Kyrgyzstan

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three people to lengthy jail terms for their alleged role in the car bomb attack on China’s embassy last August, but many questions remain over the rigor of the 10-month long investigation. Khasamidin Ismailov was handed an 18-year sentence by the court in Bishkek on June 27, while Hikmatillo Abdulazhanov and Kunazim Mansirova were each ordered to serve 10 years in jail apiece. All had pleaded not guilty to assisting the bomber in carrying out the August 30 embassy attack, which injured five people after a car packed with explosives rammed into the gates of the building. Nobody other than the attacker was killed in the attack. Lawyers for the three have said they will appeal. The account is confused and bears all too little scrutiny.

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/84151

Newsline: Russian Embassy employee flees Kyrgyzstan after road accident

The first secretary of Russian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Viktor Pukhov, who was involved in the road accident resulting in the death of a Kyrgyz citizen, fled Kyrgyzstan, an Embassy representative told AKIpress. The collision involving Toyota Prado car with diplomatic license plate D04061 and a Mercedes Sprinter was reported at 4 pm Bishkek time on February 16. Both of the drivers were hospitalized, one of them died. The doctors declared the 61-year-old driver of Mercedes Sprinter dead on February 17. Later, footage obtained by authorities showed the driver of diplomatic car run the red light and crashed into the Mercedes Sprinter.

http://akipress.com/news:589242/

Newsline: Russian Ambassador Against ‘Putin Pub’ In Kyrgyzstan

Russia’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Andrei Krutko has protested a new restaurant in Bishkek named after the Russian president. Krutko said late that naming “a dubious drinking site” after “our president” is “unethical” and therefore he asked Bishkek authorities to remove the commercial banners and billboards advertising the pub. Krutko added that he would do everything possible “either to shut down the place or to make it change its name.”

http://www.rferl.org/content/krutko-russian-ambassador-bishkek-putin-pub/26640575.html

Newsline: U.S. Embassy Criticizes Kyrgyzstan Proposal To Outlaw ‘Popularizing Homosexual Relations’

The United States has criticized proposed legislation which seeks to outlaw “popularizing homosexual relations” in the former Soviet nation of Kyrgyzstan. If the changes are approved, a person convicted of “forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual relations” among minors or in mass media would face fines or a prison term of up to one year, according to Reuters. The U.S. embassy in Kyrgyzstan responded in a statement: “No one should be silenced or imprisoned because of who they are or whom they love. Laws that discriminate against one group of people threaten the fundamental rights of all people.”

http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=19653&MediaType=1&Category=24

Newsline: Kyrgyzstan Protests Car Accident Reportedly Involving Uzbek Embassy Official

Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry has sent a note of protest to Tashkent regarding a traffic accident involving an Uzbek Embassy official that reportedly led to a scuffle. The ministry’s press service reported its response on August 26. It said that a car with an Uzbek Embassy license plate collided with another vehicle after midnight on August 23 near a nightclub in Bishkek. According to the ministry, the Uzbek Embassy’s first secretary, whose name was given as “M. Khairitdinov,” and several men accompanying him, assaulted the Kyrgyz driver of another vehicle involved in the accident. Uzbek Embassy officials were not available for immediate comment.

http://www.rferl.org/content/kyrgyzstan-uzbekistan-protest-accident/25086052.html

Newsline: Switzerland establishes Kyrgyzstan embassy

Switzerland says it is seeking to expand its influence in Central Asia with the upgrading of a cooperation office in Kyrgyzstan into a full-fledged embassy. Swiss Council of States President Hans Altherr — speaker of Switzerland’s upper house of Parliament — and foreign development officials met in Bishkek Monday with Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev to mark the inauguration of the new status between the two countries. At the meeting, Altherr said Switzerland will increase financial assistance to Kyrgyzstan 50 percent in the 2014-16 period. Switzerland has sent about $200 million in aid to Kyrgyzstan from 1995-2011.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/11/08/Switzerland-establishes-Kyrgyzstan-embassy/UPI-40271352350980/