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Kyrgyz Establish Movement In U.S.


Organizer Ravshan Jeenbekov during a visit to RFE/RL's Washington office in 2008

Organizer Ravshan Jeenbekov during a visit to RFE/RL's Washington office in 2008

Kyrgyz nationals in the United States have established a group called the Kyrgyz Movement for Democracy Abroad in Washington, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Thirty members living in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and Illinois gathered at Washington's city library on January 31 to discuss the new movement's purpose and planned activities.

An organizer and former Kyrgyz government minister, Ravshan Jeenbekov, told RFE/RL that the movement's major goal is to promote democracy in Kyrgyzstan.

Ruslan Isakov, whose father, former Kyrgyz Defense Minister Ismail Isakov was sentenced to eight years in jail earlier this month, told RFE/RL that the inaugural meeting adopted an "address to the Kyrgyz nation" to inform countrymen about the movement's creation and its major goals.

Jeenbekov claims that more than 1 million Kyrgyz have left the country for political and economic reasons and says all are welcome to join the new movement.

The Kyrgyz Movement for Democracy plans to begin a new satellite television channel accessible in Kyrgyzstan.

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