A few months after the revolution in Georgia, at a seminar in Osh, Kyrgyz journalists discussed the possibility of similar events in their own country. The seminar was devoted to other issues, but the “pink” revolution was an important topic of discussion everywhere, and in Kyrgyzstan even more so.
As the journalists said, there were a lot of prerequisites for revolutions - corruption of the Akayev family, suppression of independent journalism, strange events in the Batken region in 1999-2000, a catastrophic state of the economy, sitting in prison Felix Kulov ... They talked about everything except for what to be a revolution and what is its role in changing the social and political life of the country.
The Kyrgyz are active people, nomads, who have preserved not only curiosity in their mentality, but also the desire to change events. Adakhan Madumarov is remembered, even when he was a journalist and a persecuted opposition deputy he told many times about how the Akaev regime persecuted journalists, destroyed the Kyrgyz freedom of speech. So what? He became state secretary and said that it was impossible to hear from him a few years ago: “The state must have at least one (television) channel in order to conduct exactly state policy. I believe that the state will benefit from this. ” So he now understands the freedom of his speech.
The time has come and the state television has become exactly the same, which was opposed by many of those former oppositionists who are now in power - propaganda. The disappointment of many Kyrgyz politicians who supported the change of power two years ago is evident, despite the fact that March 24 was officially approved as the Day of People's Revolution. The people were not to blame ...
Moscow journalist Akram Murtazaev, the author of amazing aphorisms, once wrote that "the electorate is a temporary people." In Kyrgyzstan, the time has come not only for temporary people, but also for temporary politicians, temporary demonstrators and sporadic rallies.
How long the habit of what is still called revolutions will continue is not known. In the absence of political reforms, any crowd can be called revolutions if desired, but one thing is clear - there will not be peace for a beautiful country and in the vast majority of smart and talented people in the near future. The events in Aksy rayon in March 2002, when 7 people were killed and more than 20 received severe gunshot wounds, unfortunately, only part of the tragic history of Kyrgyzstan.
I read on the site “The X-Files of Russia” the next “wisdom” of Alexander Knyazev, who talks about the American influence in the post-Soviet space, in Kyrgyzstan, in particular: “The coming to power of Kurmanbek Bakiyev became a serious puncture of the American policy”. Thank you, “professor”, we finally realized that it was not the Americans who persuaded President Bakiyev to appoint his brothers and relatives to government posts.
However, Bakiyev’s justification after Knyazev’s book “The coup d'état of March 24, 2005 in Kyrgyzstan” can be fully explained: instead of a soft, weak-willed Askar Akayev, there was a man for whom strengthening personal power became a sign of a “strong hand” that pleases the Kremlin.
Does this mean that the situation in Kyrgyzstan will become manageable? It is one thing to write books and have the reputation of an expert, another is to see the real situation, which cannot be tamed either by Bakiev or by other politicians.
I'll be back to the seminar. I had to offend my Kyrgyz colleagues by saying that they did not have the main thing - traditions of political culture and young educated people who offered Georgia reforms and a different attitude to life. In Kyrgyzstan, we will have to bring up a new generation of people who will realize that taking people to the streets is not the most important thing. The important thing happens then ...