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Kyrgyzstan

Ex-Kyrgyz President Doesn't Return For Brother's Funeral

Askar Akaev, a 69-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.
Askar Akaev, a 69-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.
By RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

Reports from Kyrgyzstan say the country's ousted former president, Askar Akaev, will not attend the funeral of his older brother, Bolot, in Bishkek.

Akaev's relatives told RFE/RL on August 4 that the ousted president was considering a possible return to the Central Asian country for the first time since his ouster nine years ago to attend the funeral of his brother, who died in Bishkek on August 3 at the age of 81.

But Kyrgyz security officials on August 5 said Ilim Akaev, the former president's son, was the only member of the family who arrived at Manas Airport on the August 5 Moscow-Bishkek morning flight.

The ousted president, a 69-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.

He is currently a professor at Moscow State University and a program coordinator for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Akaev was stripped of his immunity from criminal prosecution in Kyrgyzstan in 2010.

He also was accused in a 2010 decree signed by then-caretaker President Roza Otunbaeva of permitting the use of firearms against civilians, handing over Kyrgyz territory to China and Kazakhstan, and "destroying the national wealth and usurping power through holding so-called people's referenda."

Otunbaeva's decree said that "given the gravity of the crimes committed by Akaev," he was stripped of the status of Kyrgyzstan's ex-president -- and that the Prosecutor-General's Office would take steps to prosecute him and secure his extradition.

Akaev has been staying in Moscow since 2005 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With reporting by Interfax

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