by John C. K. Daly (06/12/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Last month’s demonstrations outside Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor gold mine have highlighted local and governmental dissatisfaction with the terms of its existing 2009 contract with Toronto-based Centerra Gold Inc. The Kyrgyz government has given the company until October 1 to offer revised terms, threatening to nationalize the company if it does not agree. Given the importance of the site to both Centerra Gold Inc. and the Kyrgyz government as a revenue source, a compromise would seem to be the eventual outcome. Whether or not that can be achieved will depend upon the protracted negotiations currently underway between Centerra Gold Inc. and Bishkek.
by Joldosh Osmonov (05/15/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The decision of U.S. prosecutors to dismiss the case against Maksim Bakiev, the son of Kyrgyzstan’s former president Kurmanbek Bakiev, was a disappointment to the Kyrgyz leadership. While some observers relate the developments to the situation around the U.S. Manas airbase, others claim that U.S. side indeed did not have enough evidence against Bakiev’s son.
by Joldosh Osmonov (04/17/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The early release from prison of one of Kyrgyzstan’s most influential criminal bosses received a negative public reaction and provoked new disputes among political groups in the country. While Kyrgyzstan’s authorities claim that the release was lawful, the parliament mounted an unexpected attack on the government, calling on the country’s leadership to punish responsible officials.
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